New Tanganyikan Tank set up

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10 Mar 2014 20:29 #31 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)

Bohrio wrote: Hey Santi

What a coincidence! Remember we were talking today about which catfish I had? well I am almost sure is that the petricola is the catfish I have, just that mine is completely black and white (with a bit of dark grey).

so I think he will suit your tank so if you want it when I will shut down my tank he is yours! I will be happy to see him go to a good home

PS: The tank looks fantastic! Fish look very happy as well!


Hey Alex :

Very nice talking to you today and thanks, I will take your catfish just let me know when you shut down your tank and will be happy to give it a new home :-)

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28 Mar 2014 06:20 #32 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)
Quick update:

Water is clearing but very very slowly and considering getting a UV steriliser due to some light hitting the tank in the morning, only place in apartment I had to position the tank so will have to see how it goes.

I had the Xenotilapias holding eggs but looks like they ate them as I see no fry nor holding :-( Now the Caudopuntctatus have been pretty busy and as you can see in video they have fry ! happy to see they are reproducing and if I am not mistaken it mean the water quality is good.



Cheers !

Santiago

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04 May 2014 23:13 #33 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)
New videos hope you like



Regards,


Santiago

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05 May 2014 10:05 #34 by Fishowner (Gavin fishowner)
Tank looks very clear and fish are all in great condition. I know little about tanganyika fish, is the flow always that strong. Seems like a strong powerhead going on.
Is it optiwhite glass as it seems very clear.
Gavin

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05 May 2014 14:35 #35 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)

Fishowner wrote: Tank looks very clear and fish are all in great condition. I know little about tanganyika fish, is the flow always that strong. Seems like a strong powerhead going on.
Is it optiwhite glass as it seems very clear.
Gavin

Thanks Gavin :-) , return pump is a 3200 l/h and I added a 39W UV sterilizer and flow reduced so added a wave-maker to compensate, flow is ok!

Water is not as clear as I would like it to be but the UV makes a difference

Cheers

San

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05 May 2014 15:50 #36 by Aroshni (Lydia Olivera)
Missed this thread.

Natural looking tank, fishes must love it. Nice rocks specially the ones with holes.

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11 May 2014 18:23 #37 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)
Jus noticed the little fry in the shell, and they are more devoted than the Caudos which had two batches and none survived



Cheers !

Santiago

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19 Jul 2014 19:53 #38 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)
UPDATE :

Changed sand, upgraded pump from 2800 l/h to 3400 l/h , no need for wave maker now.

Experimenting with plants, put elodea but I find stems floating everyday, any advice n which plant would be best is welcome :-)

Happy with all changes, and enjoying tank and the darker sand bring the colours of fish better.

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19 Jul 2014 23:47 #39 by alan 64 (alan)
tank is looking great realy nice, the plants look nice but i just prefer the rockwork in ur tank it kinda goes with the fish alot better just my taste when it comes to africans

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20 Jul 2014 09:57 #40 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)
Hi Alan :

Thanks ! after I changed the sand, decided for a while to leave it without plants. I really liked it ... for now I am experimenting with the plants, kind of like it now juts need to find the right plant. Elodea is not ideal I think, stems are floating in tank from time to time.

How is yours going? saw you video updates in youtube and it all looks great, hope your sulphur head is doing better.

Cheers !

Santiago

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21 Jul 2014 14:30 #41 by Aroshni (Lydia Olivera)
Big job you had there! The tank looks lovely Santi. The other plant, marsilea I think it is looks very beautiful there.
A pity the other goes floating because looks very nice too...does it root eventually?

What kind of plants are you looking for?

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21 Jul 2014 14:56 #42 by ger310 (Ger .)
Looks great mate :)......I know feck all about plants so unfortunately i'm no help to yeh there.

The fish look really really good :)

Have your Leleupi settled a bit? they look fairly calm in the video

Ger

What do you call a three legged Donkey?

A Wonkey....duh ha :)

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21 Jul 2014 16:19 #43 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)

Aroshni wrote: What kind of plants are you looking for?


Thanks :-)

Not sure really. I like the elodea, but it doesn't seem to root, John from seahorse warned me about this but decided to test it anyways :-P

Any suggestions on background that would give the same density as elodea ?

Gracias

Santi

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21 Jul 2014 16:23 #44 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)
Hi Ger :

Thanks!

Leulepi are fine for now and the biggest one, which I presume is a male, started chasing the others away but nothing really serious.

The ones that went bananas are the Xenotilapi Flavpinnis, had 4 and now only 3 left, the big male killed one and now the other is running for his life ... tried to catch him but it is impossible without taking all rocks and not sure my lower back will take that pressure for now. I hope it is just seasonal and doesn't come to the worse.

I saw you sold your eels ... what happened ?

Cheers !

Santiago

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22 Jul 2014 14:17 #45 by ger310 (Ger .)
Them Xenotilapi Flavpinnis are lovely looking,the colour on there fins in you tank is really nice i must say,and i hear yeh with taking out the rocks!!

It's not easy i have found to get a Tanganyikan set up looking so colourful and bright but you have managed it so fair play man :)

3-6 months is the kind of norm (sometimes even less) for me to keep a fish (with the one or two exceptions) so i got what i wanted from the Eel..........The larger of my Tropheus are starting to colour up now aswell so they will be moved on in the not so distant future......kind of have a couple of set ups in my head so we will see what happens........Mbuna's or Scalare's again hmmmmmmmmm decisions decisions!!!!

Anyway keep the updates and video's coming as i always enjoy looking at your tank :)

Ger

What do you call a three legged Donkey?

A Wonkey....duh ha :)

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22 Jul 2014 17:34 #46 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)
Hi Ger :

I used to have fish for shorter times as well and learn a lot from different types and temperaments, so totally understand.

I am now very selective of fish I wanted and still looking for the one and only Black Calvus pectoral, have seen some of these in the past and they are really stunning fish.

Managed to net the xenotilapia that was being bullied and will take it to seahorse or if you are interested you can have it for free :-)

I used to have escalare's and being from Peru had some of the most beautiful ones straight from the Amazon, did not last that long unfortunately but had better life than where I got them .. not too god of lfs but got 90% of fish being wild caught

Post a video as soon as you decide, have seen your videos and you keep your tanks in super great condition

Regards,

Santiago

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24 Jul 2014 14:06 #47 by ger310 (Ger .)
Cheers dude :)

I just google searched that Calvus your on about and it is magnificent looking so good luck with your search,it would be a great addition :)

Thanks for the offer of the Xenotilapia but i'm kind of winding this tank down instead of adding more but much appreciated :)

If i'm going for a Scalare set up next they will be wild caught hopefully..........i'll have to have a proper think on whether for the money they will cost me would it be worth the risk!! It would be a brazilian and a Peruvian Scalare i'll be after.......'Manacapuru' or 'Rio Nanay',but we'll see!!

Anyway thanks again and if i see that Calvus anywhere i'll get straight onto you!!

Ger

What do you call a three legged Donkey?

A Wonkey....duh ha :)

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29 Sep 2014 19:18 #48 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)
made some changes and here is a quick video update !



Cheers !

Santiago

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08 Feb 2015 10:43 #49 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)
Changed rocks and added different type of plant which I hope grows, I also upgraded to LED lights that have dimming set up and has 4 channels to adjust as well as 24 hour settings so I get sunrise and sunset, very nice and not expensive.



Cheers !

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08 Feb 2015 12:11 #50 by Homer (Kevin)
Only way to go Santi, I swear by OA for instant start, amazing stuff!!! Just leave it for a month, then do your normal water changes and filter maintenance.

Kev.

The Glass is always greener on the other side.


It's NOT "Chee lick", NOT "Chee Chee Licks"!!! Cichlids is pronounced as "Sick Lids"!!!!!

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08 Feb 2015 12:18 #51 by alan 64 (alan)
Looks great man where did u get the leds

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08 Feb 2015 12:46 #52 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)

alan 64 wrote: Looks great man where did u get the leds


Got them on ebay : Model : LT SL-A008-90 Professional LED Marine Aquarium Light
A lot cheaper and very easy set up and also to control, changed the initial set up which it is more for a marine tank.

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08 Feb 2015 14:45 #53 by alan 64 (alan)
Cool I might look into that

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28 Feb 2015 19:08 #54 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)
Quick pic of the plant I got from Lydia, just few stems and now it is growing nicely, I really like the plant and my wife and daughter really like the look of the tank

Pic of Plant

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01 Mar 2015 18:06 #55 by dubdero (derek kearns)
Great tank love tangs got me into the hobby originally.cheered me up after Spurs losing the final a few miniatures ago :(

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04 Aug 2015 19:01 #56 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)
Hi there

Quick update on my tank, have fronts growing as well as my calvus, really nice fish :-)



Cheers

Santiago

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04 Aug 2015 19:32 #57 by fishmad1234 (Craig Coyle)
Absolute stunning Santiago

Regards
Craig

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04 Aug 2015 21:21 #58 by Q_Comets (Declan Chambers)
Wow some amazing colours in there

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05 Aug 2015 06:36 #59 by Q_Comets (Declan Chambers)
Wow some amazing colours in there

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05 Aug 2015 10:10 #60 by paulv (paul vickers)
Show winning tank, so relaxing to watch. Well done.

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