425 Litre Cichlid Community Journal

Dippiedee

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I'm always wanting to post pictures or stories about this tank so I thought I'd start a journal to keep all the developments since I love reading other peoples tank journals.

The first form of the tank:


Hit a few speed bumps in the beginning. There was a whole fiasco with the cycle which was 100% my fault that cost me my gold nugget pleco (still sore about that) but I wont go into all that again. I also lost a gold severum to unknown causes, though I suspect it was not in the best of health when I bought it.

Had a move around;

But decided pretty quickly I liked it better before. I did have a Geophagus Tapajos and a Albino Threadfin Acara in here but both were too placid to hold their own against the Convict. Once the other fish caught wind that they were being bullied by the Convict they joined in, so they had to be taken out and put in one of my other tanks.

Having some brown algae issues on the towers, which honestly doesnt bother me too much, but drives my partner insane. So last water change, we pulled out the towers to clean them. Sounds simple enough. But no amount of maneuvering could get the 3 tier tower out of the tank. So a few hours, choice words and a hammer later the 3 tier tower is now a 2 tier tower, and we have 2 mini towers not in use...

I hate the plants tbh they dont go with the tank and they all have holes in them where the sev and silver dollars are eating them, if it were just up to me I'd take them out.

Tank is now 3 months old.
Stocking:
- 1 Electric Blue Acara
- 1 Firemouth
- 1 Convict (Satan)
- 1 Red Spotted Severum
- 1 Electric Blue Jack Dempsey (Blue)
- 1 Angelfish (Celeste)
- 5 Denison Barbs
- 3 Silver Dollars
- 4 Pictus Catfish
- 1 Albino Longfin BN
Each cichlid is being kept individually because I dont want any breeding.

Since the geophagus/acara incident the tank has been pretty harmonious. Satan does still throw her weight around but she isnt consistently picking on individual fish and I havent seen any damaged fins. Cichlid personalities are amazing; each one is a complete individual. The last 3 months have been really fun (albeit bumpy at times)

Some videos of them eating. Videos is the only way I can show off the pictus because they're impossible to photograph.


 

jmaldo

Member
:emoji_thumbsup:Nice.
Wow, those barbells on the "Pictus" are huge nearly as long as it's body.
Good Luck!
 
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Dippiedee

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I need to name the firemouth, EBA and sev. Weird how my sev is my favourite fish and I havent managed to name him yet
 

FisHobbyist

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Beautiful fish. Man the electric blue dempsey... highly considering one for my next aquarium!
 
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Dippiedee

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It is a stunning fish, mine is very placid too so bonus there
 

FisHobbyist

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Dippiedee said:
It is a stunning fish, mine is very placid too so bonus there
That's always good. I noticed you had some roseline sharks too...I didn't know they were also called Denison barbs. You taught me something new haha
 
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Dippiedee

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FisHobbyist said:
That's always good. I noticed you had some roseline sharks too...I didn't know they were also called Denison barbs. You taught me something new haha
They're also called red lined torpedo barbs; why a fish needs 3 names I do not know lol
 

FisHobbyist

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Dippiedee said:
They're also called red lined torpedo barbs; why a fish needs 3 names I do not know lol
Haha good to know. Probably the most fitting out of the three lol
 
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Dippiedee

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Got a new light to replace the cheap led I had in there before. Fluval Aquasky, it is a lot better. Much less reflection and better quality photos of the fish.. although it doesnt encourage them to stay still
 
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Dippiedee

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I just think it looks so beautiful who wouldnt want to look at this all day

 
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Dippiedee

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My geo isnt actually in the cichlid tank anymore as mentioned but I'll post him here anyway
 
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Dippiedee

Member
The fluval Aquasky thunderstorm setting. Pretty cool but really unnecessary? I doubt I'll ever actually use this other than to say 'hey look what my tank light does'

 

jmaldo

Member
Agree,
When I first started my "Underwater Gardening" journey. The Aquasky was "Highly" recommended with all the bells and whistles. Used it on a 55g, it's decent for low light plants, just depends on the depth of the tank.
Really, did not care for all the programmable settings, gimmicks, ended up using a timer with a split photoperiod @ 80% white with a bit of red. Plants struggled until I added a Finnex Stingray with it. I now use Chihiros A-Series lights, best bang for the buck. IMHO
Different strokes for different folks.
Nice Looking Fish!

Good Luck!
 
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Dippiedee

Member
I picked up another gold nugget pleco. It is such a gorgeous fish. This one is considerably bigger than my last; I'm hopeful size makes them more likely to survive... is that even a thing?
 

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