S.A. biotope build

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by Marie1, Jul 27, 2014.

  1. Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    I know there are a lot of threads like these. But..... I have a 20 long. I'm not wanting to do a planted or marine tank. I also don't want common community fish. I've done bettas too, so not interested in those either. Other than that, I am open to ideas. Whether it be a single fish, or a few, or a tank full. Right now I'm leaning toward brackish. But would rather keep it fresh water. Any ideas?
     
  2. Viriam Karo

    Viriam KaroWell Known MemberMember

    Celestial Pearl Danios!

    I don't know if you don't want ANY plants... but you could put some very low maintenance ones in there with them to make them feel more comfortable.

    Or I have been interested in rice fish as well. Or chili rasboras.
     
  3. junebug

    junebugFishlore LegendMember

    Is there a particular region of the world you like in regards to fish population? I love asia, for instance, so I would tend to lean towards asian fish. Rasboras, gouramis, etc.

    You can look at killifish and catfish, really, with that size tank, there are plenty of options.
     




  4. WolfaraRose

    WolfaraRoseValued MemberMember

    African Butterfly Species only tank! that's my vote!
     
  5. OP
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    Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    Good ideas. Thanks! :)


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  6. Fishboy123

    Fishboy123Valued MemberMember

    Shell Dwellers


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  7. OP
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    Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    I've got a 29 with shellies already.


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  8. OP
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    Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    So, I got some packages today :) I'm going to make this 20 long a South American dwarf cichlid biotype. I'm going to try and get a trio of Apistos, but may end up with a pair. Trios are a pain to find. Still not sure which species to get, it may come down to what is available. I like them all so I'm not too worried about it.

    But for now I have the filter, heater and light for the tank. I got a couple of other lights to replace some old T8's I have on other tanks. I'm going to try and get the filter tubes and back of the tank painted black tomorrow.

    I've never done a build thread on a forum, so this is a first for me. Any comments and suggestions are more than welcome. :)
     
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    Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    And the painting begins. I also included a couple shots of my helper...
     
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    Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    Everything has dried and turned out good. I have the manzanita wood, the peat for the filter, the dried leaves for the litter look, and a couple of plants ordered. I now only need the sand, and the fish. I should get all the things I ordered today sometime this week, and I will get the sand locally. So next weekend I should have it set up with water.
     
  11. NCE12940

    NCE12940Well Known MemberMember

    You couldn't have a better helper! Bassets are the greatest :clapping:
     
  12. OP
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    Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    I have 2, couldn't imagine life without them :)
     
  13. NCE12940

    NCE12940Well Known MemberMember

    I had Bassets for years and miss them.
     
  14. Fishboy123

    Fishboy123Valued MemberMember

    Oh I was looking through the puffer forum, South American puffer :) i think it might be able to be in a 20 gallon long


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  15. OP
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    Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    So I now have everything but fish. This tank is going on the bottom of a 30 gallon on a metal stand. So I need to get the 30 gallon's filter moved off to the side, and some other fish stuff I have kept under there relocated. Hopefully moving the filter and getting all the cords moved won't be too much of a pain.


    I tend to buy more than I need. I know at some point I will use it. I got some almond bark to help with the black water. Not sure if what I got will make a difference. But I know the peat will. The manzanita will have to be broken up a bit to fit into the tank. I will use the extra branches in another tank. The paving sand is very fine, just like I needed. And I have more than enough leaves to have the litter look.

    I also have a couple of plants that I put in another tank for the time being to keep them alive. I got them on Thursday. There is some Narrow Leaf Chain Sword, and some Dwarf Sagittaria. I didn't get any pics of them, and the tank lights aren't on yet.
     
  16. Adam55

    Adam55Well Known MemberMember

    No more shots of your helper?
     
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    Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    Just got back from a walk. Both of them are sleeping :)
     
  18. Adam55

    Adam55Well Known MemberMember

    Hey!! great shots! They have to rest a little so they can help later.
     
  19. NCE12940

    NCE12940Well Known MemberMember

    And their idea of help is mostly moral support as opposed to physical :p
     
  20. OP
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    Marie1

    Marie1Well Known MemberMember

    Things are going good. Just need to get the substrate, wood, plants and water in there.
     




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