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I've decided it's time to start my own journal. This tank is with me for more or less 10 years. Started with discus (bad idea in middle school, really). So empty big tank and then I saw ropefish. 8 years ago little 15 cm long "worms" came to my house. At that time it wasn't a nice tank.
Year ago I decided to go planted and add some fish. Choice of fish was limited by ropefish. I needed something big enough to not get eaten, that's why I've ones of the biggest killifish and tetras. Every fish I own is from Africa.
Probably on summer holidays I'll do a major rescape, but now I'm just trying what can be done. Long story short: here are the specs.

Size:
120x48x60 cm (~345l)

Fauna:
5x ropefish
19x congo tetra (after weekend there will be 4 females and 8 males, now there's 11 females),
4x kribensis (tomorrow there'll be only a pair),
3x blue gularis (2 males, 1 female),
9x military helmet snail,
xxx maaany maaany other ugly mini snails.

Flora:
microsorium pteropus, narrow, windelov,
anubias barteri, nana, bonsai, gold, gigantea,
bolbitis heudelotti, compact,
bucephanaldra of five kinds (don't know the names),
cryptocoryne undulata,
micranthemum monte carlo,
hygrophila corymbosa,
ammania gracilis,
rotala rotundifolia,
heteranthera zosterifolia,
red lotus,
crinum calamistratum,
fox moss, pheonix moss,
flame moss,
subwassertang,
hydrocotyle sp. Japan,
some dying eleocharis parvula
(and looking for mini pelia).

Filtration:
Eheim 2028,
Aquael Turbo 1000.

Light:
T5 4x39W - 2x sylvania grolux, 2x sylvania luxline 865.

Other:
2,5 kg CO2 with sera reactor 1000 (love it), 100W heater.
Currently adding only potassium, micro and excel.

Feeding:
frozen food of many kinds, krill, black mosquito larvae, brine shrimp, shrimp, dillies etc. Hikari cichlid pellets (staple, gold), micro wafers, micro pellets.

Maintanance:
once a week 60-90 litres water change, some trimming, cleaning glass etc.
And of course photos:































I'll try to update weekly, to show how the plants and my little congo tetras are growing :D

Edit: Water params of course!
pH=6.4
KH=2
GH=7
Mg=12
Ca=20
PO4=5 (probably bad tests and too much frozen food without rinsing)
NO2=0
NO3=15
Fe=0.3
K=15
Temp=25 C
 

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I love you rope fish & your tank. I kept a couple rope fish when I was a kid. They creeped out my mom, which I loved. Ha ha! Really nice work. Very beautiful.
 

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wow. How old are you again? Thats a nice tank and those killifish look aweswome. Would get some if they werent such ravenous shrimp eaters
 

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Beautiful, beautiful tank! Job well done!
Great fish and nice pics! I'm jealous haha :)

The ropefish look fat and happy :D

How long is your biggest ropefish?
Just make sure to keep the top well sealed to avoid any losses.

Thanks for sharing!
Now you are making me want to go back to keeping "monster" fish, just when I was pretty set on only Angelfish. Hmmm...
I'm subscribed! :)
 

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Haha, very cool. Good news is they can survive/breathe out of water for quite some time.

You should record a video if you can. A vid of you hand feeding some bloodworms to the ropefish would be cool!

How well do the Blue Gularis get along with everyone and eachother?

Any specs on your camera set up? I like the way the ropefish pop out.
 

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Yeah, they tend to lie on hydrocotyle in the upper right corner and "sunbath" with heads outside the water.
About gularis - they're aggressive only when the female is ready to lay eggs, but to achieve that you need to feed many bloodworms. Did that once, have 9 little gush growing out now. Normally they aren't fighting.
Camera - my dad took the photos, I'll ask about the specs later today and maybe he'll record a video too ;-)
 

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Very nice, love rope fish and bichirs in planted tanks, very cool to watch their hunting behaviors that way. Also blue gularis are one of my favorites too.
 

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What a cool tank!

As I was scrolling down the pictures:

Oh cool a rope fish
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Hey Look he's out again. (that is so cool he has a ropefish in there)
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Holy $#!+ there's a bunch of rope fish hiding in those bushes!!!! AHHHHH!!!
 

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I love Blue Gularis killis. Always wanted one. They're hard to come by here, especially as adults. Also a bit too intimidated to try raising them from eggs.
 

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About camera - it's sony nex 7 with standard lens (whatever this standard is ;)) I'll add video of my little fish eating - it's from my phone, so potato quality, but it's always something. I need to cut it a little and I'll show it to you tomorrow!

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Here are (potato quality) videos of my little spaghettis eating!
Ropefish feeding
 

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Today was a scary day. Came home to see fish lying on surface of the water - CO2 out of range. Did a water change, added some circulation - everybody fine and alive.
Better news - today some new plants arrived (so many bolbitis! Love it, wanted more), I'll be planting them tomorrow and probably will do some photos!
 

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So many photos I'll try to add them tomorrow. From another thread you may know I have little baby ropes, parents thought it's too little and they're working on it. Here is a short movie of mating. I need to rearrange plants a little, so many new plants, don't even know what to do with this many! It's messy now.

About fry - for now it's hard to see, if they're eating, it's even hard to see their mouths. When I gave them BBS they started to move quickly so maaaaaybe they were eating or maybe just scared, we'll see. On the other hand little blue gularis are bigger and bigger and their mouths are so enormously big, kinda like cute big smiles. They're eating like crazy, frozen food, even micro pellets. When given some live food it's madness.
For now - 8 blue gularis fry, 3 ropefish fry, hoping for the best.
 

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Fun fact: now there're young kribensis too. Unfortunately I don't have so many free tanks so can't move them with parents (and it would be bad to move only fry). When blue gularis will become big enough to go to main tank (and to give away some of them) then I'll move adult kribensis to another tank and let them breed.
 

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Woah! That was a bunch of new plants!
You've done it up well though. Looks more complete. I'm sure the fish and especially the newborns will love the extra cover!

Congrats on all the successful babies!
I've never looked into breeding ropefish, but if it is rare in captivity, it might be cool to document some of it, or even separate the young for guaranteed survival from predation. Share/document all your water parameters to keep as notes. If the ropefish fry are anything like Kuhli loaches, you can have a pile of rocks and the fry will use that as shelter in which only their small selves can get into, but larger fish cannot.

Wouldn't mind seeing/hearing more about the other breeding fish as well (especially the Blue Gularis).

Now after hearing yours are breeding, I am 110% certain I will be getting ropefish again :)
Sucks my LFS normally only gets ones that are already pretty old/long. I like getting younger fish to raise and keep longer.
 
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