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Pestey
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PostPosted: 2011.01.20(Thu)5:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

right I've now tested my water and it's between 8.0-8.5 darn colour charts are useless sometimes, may invest in a digi tester.

looking at what I'd like to keep and considering what my water is like it seems I'm going to go towards the Lake Tanganyika cichlids, mainly a pair of Frontosa's as the main vocal point with one or two pleco's. but what ones????

also may have some dwarf cichlids to add some variety.

this is going to be a semi planted tank with drift wood, caves and rocks.

I also bought two external filter for tanks to 400l and may run them in line, if that's do-able was thinking of getting a third. also on the cards is a bypass filter to house the carbon blocks and peat. undersoil heating is also going in for the plants.

this is going to be a slow but accurate process as I want everything perfect before I go and look/buy the wonders of choice.
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.01.20(Thu)10:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, you have hard water and want a pairFrontosa -fair enough.

Then you want plants & to use peat?

Not with frontosas you don't Shocked

Keep the filters separate rather than in line. You could have Java ferns on branches but not a semi planted tank.

There are smaller Tangys that could go in with fronts but TBH a trio of fronts is all I'd put given the tank size & shape.
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Pestey
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PostPosted: 2011.01.20(Thu)15:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

in a ideal world I want a pair of semi large cichlids with vibrant colours along with some bottom feeders and a cat fish or pleco and a group of dwarf cichlids along with my dream set-up.

if there are any alternative cichlids that may be a option I'm all ears. I'm just worried to have this I may have to stick with angel fish. it's not so much of a problem but it's something I've done before, I was thinking of discus but unfortunately time and financial resources are tight.
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.01.20(Thu)15:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you want SA cichlids you'll need to use RO water.
Peat & bogwood won't bring pH 8.0+ down far enough.



You could have the effect you are looking for with hardwater fish;-



Synodontis multipunctatus
Julidochromis marlieri
Altolamprologus calvus
Lamprologus ocellatus

For an upper level feature fish you could have Poecilia velifera - not easy to find the real thing as so many are hybrids now but amazing fish.


Decor could be rocks with twiggy branches/ roots and tufts of java fern.
Limnophila indica too is not eaten by the cichlids.
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Pestey
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PostPosted: 2011.01.22(Sat)11:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

today I paid a visit to my aqua guru in Tegelen Holland. and to my shock he had 3 stunning tiger Oscar's. I also discussed what sort of set up I'm going for and it seems that I'm going to be swung towards the Oscar side.

but unfortunately he does not have the pleco's that I want to keep.
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