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Tank Set-up for Cons...

Postby monisaab » Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:00 am

Last night we (me & kids) went to the LFS and bought 6 Convict juveniles (around 1").

How do I go about setting up the tank?

It is a 30" X 15" x 12" tank.
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15 G: Young Apistogramma Baenschi trio
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Postby Chubbs the Jellybean » Wed Feb 08, 2012 12:11 am

I'd set it up with a lot of hiding places for them, clay pots (broken, no bottom, unbroken, on sides, etc), some rocks, fake plants, etc. are all great decor. This will allow them to escape each other if there is any chasing and also adds "line of sight breaks".

Good luck! :thumb:
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Postby monisaab » Wed Feb 08, 2012 1:15 am

Thanks Chubbs...

I have the pots and rocks...

will have to look for plants though...
30 G: 6 Cryptoheros Nanoluteus
10 G: Nanoluteus pair
15 G: Young Apistogramma Baenschi trio
10 G: Apistogramma Cacatuoides pair
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Postby Boston_Guapote » Wed Feb 08, 2012 7:27 am

Here's a little video I like to follow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8NGAv7q ... r_embedded
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Postby monisaab » Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:50 am

WoW... as simple as 1,2,3,4...
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10 G: Nanoluteus pair
15 G: Young Apistogramma Baenschi trio
10 G: Apistogramma Cacatuoides pair
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Postby bernie comeau » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:10 am

Chubbs the Jellybean wrote:I'd set it up with a lot of hiding places for them, clay pots (broken, no bottom, unbroken, on sides, etc), some rocks, fake plants, etc. are all great decor. This will allow them to escape each other if there is any chasing and also adds "line of sight breaks".


I agree!

I use rock and driftwood instead of clay pot, though clay pot is very usefull and practical as well. Once you obtain a pair and they grow larger, you may want to remove some decor to provide more swimming space.

30" x 15" x 12"-----you want to use space effeciently. Space is space and is at a premium in a CA tank! Provide a lot of shelter at the bottom of the tank. Large round rocks are very wastefull of valuable space. 2nd and 3rd layer caves are seldom utilized by CA cichlids so don't build them just to look pretty because it takes up valuable swimming space! I have found that a rock leaned up aginst a corner ( and secured with something heavy in front) is almost always the preffered cave and spawning site of many cichlids-----it uses up corners which are not useable swimming space and is more easily defended since it is protected with a wall on 2 sides.
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Postby monisaab » Wed Feb 08, 2012 10:21 am

thanks Bernie...

Lovely videos and I love the idea of using the corners...
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10 G: Nanoluteus pair
15 G: Young Apistogramma Baenschi trio
10 G: Apistogramma Cacatuoides pair
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Postby cage623 » Wed Feb 08, 2012 2:14 pm

Boston_Guapote wrote:Here's a little video I like to follow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8NGAv7q ... r_embedded


He actually has a few of these similar videos on this main channel. They are great videos.

But back to the subject I would say that it really depends on what you like too as far as aquascaping. The clay pots are very popular for a reason (because they work very well), but you have to ask yourself if you like that look. I started off with pots in some of my early cichlid tanks but try for more of a natural look now and stick to rocks and drift wood mostly.

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Postby monisaab » Wed Feb 08, 2012 11:23 pm

thanks Cage...

I've been keeping Mbuna for the last year or so and have tried to put lots of rocks i the tank...

I will see if I can find some flat rocks to put in the corners first, if I can't find'em, I'll work with pots...
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10 G: Nanoluteus pair
15 G: Young Apistogramma Baenschi trio
10 G: Apistogramma Cacatuoides pair
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Postby monisaab » Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:35 pm

I have some pics cones lying around, can I use them in the tank instead of driftwood???
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10 G: Nanoluteus pair
15 G: Young Apistogramma Baenschi trio
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Postby cage623 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 3:33 pm

monisaab wrote:I have some pics cones lying around, can I use them in the tank instead of driftwood???


'pics cones'? Do you mean pine cones? Cause I wouldn't use those, would worry it would stain the water or something.

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Postby monisaab » Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:47 am

ooops, sorry about that I meant Pine Cones...
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10 G: Nanoluteus pair
15 G: Young Apistogramma Baenschi trio
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Postby cage623 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 12:27 pm

I have never heard of anybody using pine cones in a tank before. I don't know that I would try that but if you were thinking about it I would pre-soak them for a long time before putting them in.

But hey, just because I haven't heard it done doesn't mean it will not work.

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1 Jack Dempsey
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Postby monisaab » Sat Feb 11, 2012 1:12 pm

thanks Cage...

I was wondering if they will have any ill-effect on the water chemistry???
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10 G: Nanoluteus pair
15 G: Young Apistogramma Baenschi trio
10 G: Apistogramma Cacatuoides pair
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Postby cage623 » Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:54 pm

I thought of this after my last post, pine needles are acidic. I don't think that means that pine cones are but it is something to consider. If you are going to try them you will need to do a good presoak anyways. So you could always test the water before and after the soak to see if it will effect it or not.

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