Texasdomer's Tanks

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by TexasDomer, Mar 29, 2017.

  1. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I've had other members ask me to share my tanks over the past months, so (very belatedly), here's the thread!

    This will be a thread for my tanks. I'll keep it updated periodically (or try to!) and keep a log as I downgrade and switch a few tanks around when I move at the end of this summer.

    First up, my 55 gal South American (not biotope) tank. This is one of my favorite tanks. I am working on embracing a more natural look in my tank. I don't try to aggressively get rid of algae; I like the tannin stained water. My pleco eats or uproots almost all plants, so this tank went from heavily planted to the very sparsely planted cover it has now. He'll even eat Anubias and crypts. I've had to embrace letting go of the beautifully planted tank I had before I got him.

    Substrate: Turface Pro Championship Brown
    Hardscape: Manzanita and clay pots for hardscape
    Filtration: Eheim Pro 3e 2074 (I need to get new suction cups for the intake and outtakes)
    Flora: Jungle vals, recovering Anubias
    Ferts: Osmocote Plus root tabs, Flourish
    10x Gold tetra
    4x Mesonauta egregius
    4x Keyholes
    1x Peckoltia braueri

    I had glowlight tetras, but someone (or more) in the tank ate them all within two weeks. Never figured out who it was. They don't mess with the (slightly bigger) gold tetras.

    I'll try to get better pics of the fish inside, but it's hard! As you can tell from the attached pic, I am not very good at picture taking. My phone camera doesn't seem well suited to tank pics.

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  2. KimberlyGFishlore VIPMember

    I love the branches. It's as if they have grown in from the river bank. Very cool.

  3. FrogsauceValued MemberMember

    I also like that idea of downward facing branches. I'm gonna steal that idea with a spiral root driftwood piece I found. In a few weeks it should be ready to go in.

  4. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Love the tank! Personally I love natural looking tanks and I am sure the fish love it too(besides the ones that got eaten :)).
  5. Anders247Fishlore LegendMember

    Nice setup!
  6. chromedome52Fishlore VIPMember

    Nice tank.
    Mesonauta are not peaceful fish. Learned this the hard way. They look small, but it would not surprise me if they were the glowlite predators.
  7. bizaliz3Fishlore LegendMember

    It's about time!!!!! Lol
    Gorgeous tank Texas!!! I love it :)
  8. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    I love the driftwood and pots! Do you have any pictures of it from when it was heavily planted?
  9. DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    OMG that tank should have been here in my fishroom. Mesonauta are on my bucketlist. Really awesome those roots / branches !
  10. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Thanks all!

    I love my Mesonauta, but you're right @chromedome52, I would not be surprised if it was them. The only other options would be the keyholes (likely not) or the Peckoltia (probably not?), so they're my first guess as well.

    @BottomDweller I think I have some old pics in my albums (I think they made the move to the new site?)

    @DoubleDutch too bad you're not in the US! I got those branches from a cheap and easy online source. But I definitely recommend the Mesonauta. They replaced the keyholes and the Peckoltia as my favorite fish in the tank.
  11. DoubleDutchFishlore LegendMember

    I do have an article in PFK someware with branches like that. I'd try to find it and PM you sone pics later
  12. Five 97Well Known MemberMember

    Beautiful setup! The glowlight tetras would have looked awesome in there, but festivums are really cool fish as well, too bad they (former) got eaten.

    "can't good looking schoolers and good looking cichlids get along, ever?"
  13. MommaWildeWell Known MemberMember

    Love it Texas, can't wait to see more!
  14. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    I had a look at your album and it looked great and still does!
  15. jenmurFishlore VIPMember

    Love that tank! The driftwood is awesome!
  16. ChrisXWell Known MemberMember

    Really like your tank!

    How long have you had the keyholes, and how much have they grown in that time? Have they ever attempted to breed? Do you have any close up pictures of them?
  17. FlowingfinsFishlore VIPMember

    The tank looks great, I really like the driftwood!
  18. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    I've had the keyholes a year today, actually! :) Just looked up the receipt and delivery date from Wetspot! They were around 1.25" then (really tiny!), and the largest are around 4" now. They haven't attempted to breed, from what I've seen, two also haven't paired off yet. I have 2-3 males and 1-2 females. There's one that I haven't sexed yet, but the other three are two males and one female.

    Close up pics are hard, but I'll try soon! The problem is, as soon as I approach the tank, they crazily swim against the glass, excited for food!
  19. Thurgood11Valued MemberMember

    Ok, that's one tank. Where are the rest? :)
  20. TexasDomerFishlore LegendMember

    Haha right? 1 down, 6 to go!

    Here's one that I recently entered into a nano aquascaping contest in a local fish group. No fish in this, just snails. Used to have shrimp, but I moved them out after the contest. Results haven't been announced, but I doubt I won; there were some pretty spectacular tanks! If you're a part of this group, you'll be able to figure out who I am. I ask just that you don't share it ;)

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