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  1. hi all, i want to build my frontosas "rock huts" in my display tank. What is the best rock to use, and where can i find it? your help is greatly appreciated....
  2. So after much deliberation and persuasion (Fiancé) I have managed to agree on a new display tank. I originally wanted to get a custom tank made L 3ft x W 3ft x H 2ft sadly I was struggling to get a cabinet maker to make a cabinet. My DIY skills and lack of time also hindered my ability to build a quality ADA styled cabinet and I estimated that a DIY cabinet would cost a minimum of $500 in materials. So I opted for the below. Concept Art: The basics: 4ft Aqua Serene 340L Tank and Cabinet in White includes filter - $1169 Black Vinyl Self-adhesive Wrap for Background - $20 3 x 20kg Bunnings play sand - $23 Approx. 30Kg of Texas Holey Rock - $210 White Egg Grate - $18 Otto PF2000N filter - $45 Approx. 20 Tonna Tesselata Shells - $16 Filter media for supplied Aqua One Nautilus 1400: 125ml Purigen – 250ml bought for swapping during recharging - $28 Purigen the bag - $15 Coral rubble 10mm 2kg - $8 Filter mesh bag - $7 Standard filter media including sponges and ceramic rings inc. in filter – bio balls replaced with coral rubble. Estimated total cost (excluding delivery costs, additional stock and plants): $ 1559 Stock: 8 x Paracyprichromis nigripinnis + (Dependant on successful breeding) 2 x Synodontis Perticola 3 x Neolamprologus caudopunctatus (to be replaced by the Neolamprologus Leleupi as I suspect the caudos have a year left of their life) 10 x Cyprichromis Leptosoma or equivalent (need to buy) 2 x Black Calvus (need to buy an additional Calvus) 4 x Neolamprologus Leleupi (need to buy) Breeding Colony of Shelldweller (need to buy) Rock Style: Loosely based on Iwagumi – http://aquascapinglove.com/basics/introduction-iwagumi-layout/ Plants: Vallis – Limited use behind large rocks Anubias – Mid / Foreground of Rockwork Example rockwork and shells purchased to date: Comments to date: The tank is sadly out of stock at the distributor and will take 3-4 weeks to be delivered expected mid-July. On a positive note it does leave time for the bacteria on the filter media to grow. Spare ceramic rings and coral rubble are sitting in my filter in my other tank since 16/06/2016 to enable growth of beneficial bacteria to aid with cycling. I will be transferring the Paracyprichromis nigripinnis at a later date, I have a few females who are holding and would like to grow a small colony – sadly the fry are being eaten by either my Calvus or the Synodontis catfish in my old tank. The black vinyl wrap is 900cm long by 60cm high, I only need 120cm and a further 100cm for my other tank. Maybe available for sale after i have set up. Shout outs and thanks to: The TechDen – For offering an extremely easy and professional service. Nothing was too much trouble even when I phoned and asked for specific sized pieces of Texas holey rock. They sent MMS to me of different rocks and I bought the rocks I wanted over the phone 20 minutes later. Exceptional service. Collecting and buying additional rocks from them this weekend. Petcity – For providing an unbeatable price on the tank. @Shon982 – For providing advice and quality Paracyprichromis nigripinnis who have been rock solid and started breeding. J Other QLDAF community members from posts: Sand: http://www.qldaf.com/forums/showthread.php?t=130001 I will update this with more pictures and steps once I get the tank.
  3. Hi folks, I'm new here, and i thought i would share my project. The missus and I are both keen sports fishers and have done a couple of trips to cape york over the last few years. we loved it so much we wanted a little piece of it at home! Im still new to all this and have been furiously reading and scouring the web for info. Any thoughts or criticisms are welcome! I picked up a tank second hand for a few hundred bucks with all the bits and bobs that go with it(mostly). them i gave it a coating in some dark varnish i had left in the shed. I had originally gone with sandstone as there is plenty of it up there and i got it for free. however i spied some nice river stones in my mates backyard that he didn't want any longer and this took me in a new direction. working on a layout. i had picked up some more large stone, some gold vine and a couple of bags of denman river pebble (landscape supplies) to finish it off. plenty of washing and scrubbing, and a few weeks of soaking for the vine was next. I previously had conditioned the tank and had 6 tetras in there to get the filter established again. along with some val. it all seemed to settle ok and the water was fine once again with happy little tetras doing their thing. then the gold vine decided to spew forth with is sap! a couple of scrubs in hot water seems to have gotten rid of it now. i also got some banana lillies in there and changed to a 38W sena sunlight tube for a more realistic look. im also digging the tanins! before after I'm looking to stock with 3-4 archers, a saratoga, 1 jungle perch and maybe a coal or sooty grunter. thanks for looking!
  4. I am setting up a 3 X 15 X 18 African display tank in my lounge soon and am considering filtration options. Tank will mainly hold peacocks and such, just the standard Malawi colour display on a smaller scale than I would like Obviously I would like to maintain my water as clear and healthy as possible, without making too much noise. At the same time I also want minimal impact on the viewing area by equipment as it is only a small tank to begin with. What are people's thoughts regarding a sump vs a canister? I had also wondered if imposed a sump about a refugium with some plants/shrimp but as it turns out I only have very little space (2ft) for a sump that space would probably be better utilised for media. Any suggestions greatly appreciated Cheers Gary
  5. Yes, I know, this isn't anything to do with aquarium, fish, shrimp, aquatic plants, but didn't know where else to put this, so hush it, ha. So I took Mum down the shops earlier and she saw a small bowl all done up with a variety of succulent plants for $60, Mum was going to buy it and I said no, why buy it when we can grab most of the plants from our backyard and plant them into a small vintage depression glass bowl, here is the end result. Not sure of what everything is, but I know there is a Haworthia in there, a long with Sedum, Aloe, Echeveria, Graptopetalum, Aeoniums, Crassula and not sure what the others are, used normal soil, with 3 AquaGreen Dinosaur Dung pellets mixed in, topped with black aquarium gravel, will be lightly misted each day, currently sitting in the bathroom on the window sill.
  6. Does anybody know of someone around building display quality timber stands ! I know about Gary Maher - he does not deal with the public so I do not deal with him ! Then there is Aquariums'r'us - cheap and cheerful , will last for years but I am hoping for something a bit prettier . After a pair of identical 24x18 stands 700mm or 800 mm high ! At this stage it is looking like I will buy from 'r'us unless I can find something better .
  7. Needing to worm my display tank but it has large black knife in it . What's the best product to worm tank with out killing it as I've read they are very sensitive to meds but can't find any info on worming tanks with them in the tank .the tank also has angels ,bnose ,royal whips , corys and tetras in it also .thanks in advance for any info on the matter
  8. When we saw this tank at the Pet Expo recently showing off its stylish design we just had to take it home and is now on display in the store. The planted layout was designed by John Bailey from R&J Aquatics and Pets specifically for the trade show, some may recognise the name as the previous owner of the forum. Unfortunately we had to transport it so it had to be dismantled and we have redone the scape adding a few extra plants. The Glossy tanks will be available through us and ordered in as required and comes with the tank stand and as well as the LED light - the lighting is what sets this tank apart from other planted tanks as the LED is in a tube style allowing the twin LED light modules to be directed highlighting specific area's. If you are looking at a Elegant Display planted tank - pop on in and see the tank - the pictures just do not do the tank justice. Aquael Glossy 4ft with LED Lighting
  9. Hi all, As some of you may know, after 3 years of breeding a variety of Malawi and Tanganyikan cichlids I sold off what remained of my breeder and fry at the end of 2014 as I was finishing my last year of school and moving off to University and college the following year. Now being halfway through 2015 I am studying a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Marine Science, at the University of Queensland and living in a college room that’s around 3m by 4m in size, not ideal for my old 6ft tanks. I have to admit I had more then a few looks over the forum to see what has been going on and what’s getting around. However 6 months was as long as I could last without a tank and sure enough after some searching around on gumtree and identifying some space behind my bed, I’m back. For the last weeks we have been on our mid-year UNI break and during that time I bought a nice 3ft display tank with a nice varnished stand and hood. With some extra time up my sleave, I decided I would make a DIY 3D background for it. I found a Youtube channel called the ‘The King of DIY’ by a guy named Joey living in Canada. He has some awesome videos on all sorts of DIY aquarium projects, including how to make a DIY 3D background, and I would highly suggest a look. So after that I decided that’s what I wanted to do and set out to get my materials and equipment. Materials - 1200mm x 600mm x 50mm sheet of Styrofoam - 10kg bag of cement from bunning - Selleys aquarium and window silicone. Equipment - Silicon gun - Wooden spoon (for mixing cement) - Bucket (to mix cement in) - A variety of sharp knives for carving - Wire foam cutter (or the cheap mans option which I used is a filleting knife or Stanley knife as their sharp and thin so foam doesn’t go everywhere when your cutting) - Large paint brush for general use - Small paint brush for edges and hard to reach places - Cloth (to wipe cement off glass) - Its handy to grow your nails out a bit first to I found because you can scrape and thin out the Styrofoam adding a more natural look and saving time. After I gathered everything up the first thing I did was measure up the inside of my tank and workout how I could most effectively use the foam sheet I bought. It worked out that I had enough foam to do the whole back of the tank and one of the sides; which would both be up against the wall in one of the corners in my room. Since my tank is relatively small and thin I opted to go for Styrofoam that was 50mm thick as I wanted it to bulge out a bit, but not too much as it would take up to much of my tank space. The tank I got has a centre bracing across the top which made things a lot more difficult then they needed to be. This is because without it I could have basically slid the whole thing in one piece but because of the bracing I had to cut 8 individual pieces in order to fit them in and then re-assemble it inside the tank. The reason I needed 8 is because I need 3 sheets for the back wall and 1 for the side wall, then an additional 4 for the base. This is because I wanted the background to gradually taper off into the centre of the tank. I made sure to leave an extra centimetre or so while setting it all out as I would loose some length while cutting the Styrofoam. After I had all my individual pieces cut out I tested all my measurements out by assembling the block in the tank which is crucial to do throughout the process to make sure it all fits perfectly and you can make alterations. After making necessary adjustments I set it all up on my building table and decided to draw a rough outline of the shape I wanted on the wall and making sure it looked like everything looked like one piece. After that I begun carving with a few different knives until I found one I liked most. I found by the end that its important to be aggressive in the amounts you take off at the start otherwise you’ll be spending days carving. I think all up I would’ve spent about 10-12 hours of just carving out my background and making sure the structures matched up on one piece to the next. Sounds like a lot of time but to be honest with some good music going at the same time I found it very enjoyable and relaxing. I do however have a lot of admiration for those who make backgrounds for 6-8ft tanks as I’d hate to think how many ours that would take.
  10. Hey all... I have a 180G 60 x 24 x 30 tall...drilled tank ....I was thinking about putting african cichlids in it..but when doing gravel cleaning and water change today on my 75G african cichlid tank there was so much poop around the rocks (of which there are a lot) I realised that doing this with a 30" tall would be problematic....I also have south and central american cichlids for which I will be purchasing a 6x2x2 for...they were going to go into 180G but I think they need more horizontal swimming room... My brother is trying to get me to turn the 180G into a discus and tetra and corydora playground...an amazonian biotope ..plants only on surface - water sprite, black water,almond leaves, driftwood, sand, rocks...I have another tank which I was planning on using as a sump refugium under this one which is around 60G.. I am guessing that a 30 tall would be difficult to light sufficiently to have as a low maintenance planted tank...unless you could raise up the floor/substrate??....and so for water health thought a refugium might be the way to go... I know that discus require a bit more care than other cichlids..and I would not be getting them (around 6-8 discus) until tank was well and truly established and running for at least 4 months...and I was confidant that I have learnt enough about discus....but before I make a commitment to go in this direction can I have your ideas or thoughts. ...what would really rock your boat if my 180G was yours? What would you put in it and why? Thanx all.
  11. After african display males.. Any thing except blue.. will pay top dollar for good fish close to redcliffe as I dont have licence
  12. 7x2.5x2.5 if I remember correctly but it's a bayfront style tank Just has a basic sump underneath and and a Hagen GLO T5 light above This is how it used to be when it was a marine tank This is how it is at the moment - couple of tangs and malawi cichlids Now I need some ideas because I'm getting a bit bored with it... Only requirement is low maintenance because I rarely do water changes on this setup at the moment - though water parameters are good, I do them every 2-3 months Couple of ideas I had was - American cichlids? just add some driftwood into the tank and ditch the plants? Peacock bass or silver dollars and stingray? but I want it to be an easy maintenance tank South american/amazon tank? add driftwood, heaps of easy to keep plants and fill with loaches, corys, tetras, gouramis, swordtails(?), maybe a geos but would rather lots of small fish, and apistos or other suggestions for that kind of style tank Sell the tank and do a nano marine tank? Or any other suggestions guys? I've got a native pond, so rather not natives And my breeding tanks have tanganyikans - I could do a better tanganyikan tank but I like other fish too WHAT ABOUT FRONTOSA MAYBE?! Cheers!
  13. This tank started out as an all male Malawi Hap tank but after getting over 20 different species of haps in there everything was just too blue so I had to start adding in different coloured mbuna and peacocks to break up the colour. The fish range from 8cm - 32cm so it's still a work in progress but getting there. I think I'm up around 35 odd species and about 5 hybrids. Not a pro on the camera but enjoy my fish photography and slowly getting better lol. Stocking List: Haps: Aristochromis Christyi (Malawi Hawk) Buccochromis Lepturus Buccochromis Nototaenia Buccochromis Rhoadesii Champsocgromis Caeruleus (Malawi Trout) Champsochromis Spilorhynchus Copadichromis Azureus Copadichromis Borleyi (Red Fin Kadango) Cyrtocara Moorii (Blue Dolphin) Dimidiochromis Compressiceps (Malawi Eye Biter) Dimidiochromis Strigatus Fossorochromis Rostratus (Malawi Sand Diver) Nimbochromis Fuscotaeniatus (Fusco) Nimbochromis Polystigma Nimbochromis Venustus Otopharynx Lithobates Placidochromis Gisseli (Gissel) Placidochromis sp. "Phenochilus Tanzania" (Mirrorball Hap)) Protomelas Taeniolatus (Red Empress) Sciaenochromis Fryeri (Electric Blue) Tyrannochromis Nigriventer Mbuna: Labeotropheus Trewavasae Labidochromis Caeruleus (Electric Yellow) Labidochromis sp. Hongi (Red Top Hongi) Metriaclima Estherae (Red Zebra) Metriaclima Lombardoi (Kenyi) Pseudotropheus sp. Acei (Yellow Tail Acei) Peacocks: OB Peacock Aulonocara Baenschi (Benga Peacock) Aulonocara Rubescens (Ruby Red Peacock) Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi (Eureka Red Peacock) Hybrids: Champsochromis Spilorhynchus / Champsochromis Caeruleus (Malawi Trout) Otopharynx Lithobates / Protomelas Steveni Taiwan reef Electric Blue / ??? (White Knight) ....................Still plenty more species to add to this list.............. The Tank: (Pics are a bit average. Will update once I have proper lighting on the tank) The Fish: Placidochromis sp. Phenochilus Tanzania (Mirrorball Hap) 13cm Nimbochromis Venustus 24cm Tyrannochromis Nigriventer 25cm Metriaclima Estherae (Red Zebra) 12cm Otopharynx Lithobates 10cm Labeotropheus Trewavasae 8cm Dragons Blood Peacock 12cm Buccochromis Nototaenia 32cm Protomelas Taeniolatus (Red Empress) 9cm Champsochromis Spilorhynchus / Champsochromis Caeruleus (Malawi Trout) Hybrid 23cm OB Peacock 8cm
  14. Already been putting this together for 2 weeks and not made much progress lol. Worse still its a shared tank........ at least at the begining. So it shall have a good school of lazer cories, and for now it has some pretty plastic plants. Will likely pull out the cone snail infested gravel/soil mix, and replace with some ADA. Hmmm as far as real plants theres a single square of mini pelia. But I do have some moss AND some pumice. First experiment is trying to get some floating moss happening! I have the tank I wanted, and the wood I wanted. I have a litre of fresh macropore on hand, as after 2 weeks of soaking my water = coke! For now its lit with 2 ista bars, but really like the look of the kessil amazons....... especially the crazy level of rippling. Not sure on how I will filter it. Tonite added an aquaclear 50, just to turn it over....... and as somewhere to get some macropore in eventually. Hmmmm....... a picture......... gotta start somewhere
  15. I will be setting up an 8ft tanganyika tank soon and I was going for the biotype/display look I love the natural look does anyone have any ideas on what background substrate and rocks use I like the 3d backgrounds share your tanks and ideas
  16. So i am a long time fish enthusiast but have been away for the hobby for more than 10 years. My girlfriend's sister recently set up a 3ft Malawi display and upon each subsequent visit i got more and more jealous. The time has now come to re-enter the world of fish keeping and get an 8ft display tank up and running in the living room. I started on the cabinet a few weeks ago. Some progress pics below: The beginning... The frame starts to come together Hanging the doors Starting look like a piece of furniture The staining test The painting begins So another weekend or two and the cabinet should be complete :-) I have ordered the tank and sump (G&J Maher) and now it's time to sort out pumps, media, aquascaping, substrate, etc etc. Being that i have been away from the hobby for quite some time i will no doubt have some questions for all you knowledgeable folk out there so watch this space...
  17. .I'll add to this ablum with what species are in the tank. All females will be removed to make an all male display in the 10x3x2.5ft. I plan to have around 30 species in there ran by a 6x2x2ft sump. Stock List: Aristochromis Christyi (Malawi Hawk) Buccochromis Lepturus Buccochromis Rhoadesii Champsochromis Caeruleus (Malawi Trout) Copadichromis Azureus Copadichromis Borleyi (Red Fin Kadango) Cyrtocara Moorii (Blue Dolphin) Dimidiochromis Compressiceps (Malawi Eye Biter) Dimidiochromis Strigatus Fossorochromis Rostratus (Malawi Sand Diver) Nimbochromis Fuscotaeniatus (Fusco) Nimbochromis Livingstoni Nimbochromis Polystigma Nimbochromis Venustus Placidochromis Gisseli (Gissel) Placidochromis sp. Phenochilus Tanzania (Star Sapphire) Protomelas sp. Steveni Taiwan (Taiwan Reef) Sciaenochromis Fryeri (Electric Blue) Tyrannochromis Nigriventer
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  19. Ok seen a similar thread awhile back thought get something similar going again. Any positive or helpful comments of above post would be good Would be good if you could name your species in tank, Filters ETC SO ill get things going FISH IN TANK E yellows Demasoni Hongi Blue dolphins Maingano OB peacocks Solusi Maylandi 1x albino sailfin pleco 1x gold spot pleco 2x L144's 2 common bristlnose Running a FX5 and FX6 with a shogun 500w heater, 2x LED lights
  20. Hi All, I have never really given plant's a thought for my tank but just seeing what people recommend putting in my 6ft display tank, I have in the tank: 2 x Frontosa 2 x Red Zebra 1 x Blue Dolphin 2 x OB Peacock's 2 x E Yellow's 4 x Flame Back's 2 x White Knight's 2 x Blood Dragon's 1 x Albino B/N 6ft x 1.5ft x 2ft Play Sand 1250 l/ph Canister Filter Otto PF2000N Internal filter 4ft White Light Thank you in advance for the recommendation Cheers Doug
  21. Hey fish friends.. I have just bought a new 4x2x2 for my Venustus x 5 and my dragon blood peacocks x 4.. I was wondering how i should set my tank up.. I heard rocks are good but i dont no how high to go or how it should look.. Can anyone post pictures of there tanks that are for africans so i have a picture of how i want mine to look like pleaseeeee..
  22. of 50 tanks i have one display. this is it. not the best at photography. much better at breeding/keeping cichlids. 15 F1 mpiwmwes 8 orange leleupi 4 multies 2 birchardi and hald a dozen or so bn.
  23. So going to slow down on the breeding but want to make a semi display tank out of my 4ft and have my electric yellows and bristlenose but have plants for the fry to hide in and survive Any suggestions and any one I can buy plants off that would be suitable
  24. just wondering what different options people use for larger fresh-water fish tanks as a centre piece 1000L type of set ups?? i like to keep thing's basic and currently just purchase the "rainforest garden driftwood" from the company PISCES -it's basically a large piece of driftwood with established anubias attached, and doesn't last long at all in tanks with GG's,tinfoils,silver-dollars etc lol.
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