While I occasionally post complete photos of my tanks, I don't inundate my blog with them. In fact, it's been months and at least 100 posts since I last did so (other than this recent post). However, while I was doing my routine maintenance today, I thought many readers might like to know what my current set-up is.
I currently have three show tanks and a fry tank operational. Beginning with this post and over the next few days, I'll provide photos of the four tanks along with a description of their set-up. I'll go from the largest to the smallest.
My largest tank is a 75g All-Glass with a corner overflow (above). It is a Lake Tanganyika community tank. The substrate in this tank is 80% CaribSea sand (Moonlight) and 20% CaribSea gravel (Peace River). Below are the livestock and hardware lists.
The tetras are dither fish and, while not native to the lake, they are quite hardy and make great dithers. The plecos are also not native to Tanganyika, but one I've had for years and had nowhere to put him when I converted from SA/CA cichlids to the Africans. The other I bought as a juvenile to help with algae control a couple of years ago and thought it would adapt nicely. My water is not overly hard or alkaline, typically around 7.8 - 8.0 pH. Most purists would consider this water too alkaline for the tetras and plecos, and not alkaline enough for the Tanganyikans. However, all of my fish are tank bred rather than wild caught. I firmly believe the water is not an issue for any of them.
The Cichlid Room Companion
Tropical Fish Hobbyist
American Cichlid Assoc.
African Cichlid Hub