My first biotope! Suggestions 55 Gallon Tank

Discussion in 'Aquarium Stocking Questions' started by cichlidmac, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. cichlidmacWell Known MemberMember

    Well after starting this hobby over 10 years ago, I thinks it's about time I do a biotope. I've been dreaming of a Zaire river biotope for years, with very fast water current to mimic the white water rapids (well not quite white water but I want a lot of current). I'm going to keep this an absolute Zaire biotope.

    Here is a list of species I have so far please add to the list or share any experience you have with these fish.

    African Red Eyed Tetra,Arnoldichthys spilopterus

    African Suckermouth Catfish,Chiloglanis cameroonensis

    Ornate Catfish,Chrysichthys ornatus

    African Glass Catfish,Eutropiellus"debauwi"

    Banded African Tetra,Distichodus sexfasciatus

    Congo Tetra,Phenacogrammus interruptus

    Butterfly Cichlid,Hemichromis thomasi

    Catfish, Synodontis robertsi, angelicus, brichardi, camelopardalis

    Blockhead Cichlid,Steatocranus casuarius

    I'm also looking to purchase some f1 steatocranus casuarius as the center piece.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2012
  2. ryanrModeratorModerator Member

    I don't have any experience with the above, but it sounds like a great setup!

    Let's see if anyone chimes in today.

  3. cichlidmacWell Known MemberMember

    Lamprologus lethops why does this fish have to be endangered? :( It would be awesome for this setup.
  4. cichlidmacWell Known MemberMember

    So think I'll do 6 African glass catfish, 6 Distichodus decemmaculatus, and a pair of Buffalo head cichlids or butterfly cichlids. I'll aquascape with sand, large and small round stones, some anubias and maybe a piece of African driftwood. I'm going to use a power head pointed at a large stone on one end of the tank to create a little rapid area going over the rock into the center of the tank, and have a slightly calmer area on the back end. This will be awesome!
  5. QQQUUUUAADDDWell Known MemberMember

    If bolbitis is from that area then I'd add a bit of that.
  6. cichlidmacWell Known MemberMember

    I would but I think Distichodus decemmaculatus eats it but I can always try, and yes it's from the same region.
  7. Mer-maxWell Known MemberMember

  8. cichlidmacWell Known MemberMember

    In a month or so :)
  9. cichlidmacWell Known MemberMember

    Ok, ive decided to go even crazier with this setup (if I can acquire these fish). I'm going to go with rare (hard to get) species from the lower Congo rapids (Zaire). Most of you are familiar with the Lamprologus (shell dwellers) from Tanganyika. Well check out this Lamprologus tigripictilis from the rapids of the Zaire river.
  10. cichlidmacWell Known MemberMember

    So far the above cichlid and this tetra are my choices.
    Click the see image link on the page.

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