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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by philip wood, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. philip wood

    philip wood New Member

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    Is anybody willing to put some of there photo's of there fish room's on here ? The reason I ask is I need to be inspired for the new build I am planning to do in the spring.
    Or even does anybody know any youtube footage I can take a look at ? maybe something that I have never seen before. I usualy just type in fishroom build or dwarf cichlid fish room so does anyone know of any other.

    Regards

    Phil
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    aarhud Active Member 5 Year Member

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    I checked out several of my saved links and it looks like none of the pictures work since photobucket did their change up. What a waste!! I'm really bummed about that.

    Off the top of my head. You can check out Ted Judy's channel on youtube. He has a few videos of fish room tours and also has shown two of his own fish rooms. He has a TON of information that will help you along. Everything from Air supply to building racks. Link here:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC4f3MsYc_QotfycxAHQLog

    Greg Sage at SelectAquatics as a nice room:
    http://selectaquatics.com/fishroom.htm

    SwissTropicals had a nice webpage about his fishroom,but I can't find that anymore.
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    philip wood New Member

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    Thanks for the reply.
    Yeah I have been following Teds Site for a few years now. But was not aware that Swiss Tropicals even had a video of there fish room I thought he was concentrating more on his filter design than breeding fish, So maybe that's why he has taken it off the web.

    But thanks for the link to Teds fish room it still has a few interesting vids I want to see.
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    This one?
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    aarhud Active Member 5 Year Member

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    No worries. I was looking for it not too long ago as well. I ended up saving all the pictures incase it gets taken off of web archive for some reason.

    Oooooooh!!! What are the dimensions of the short tanks? I really like those.
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    aquaticclarity Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    24"x12"6/6.5"
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    Do you like the shorter height verses, say a 15 gallon (twice the height)? Any reason for going shorter? Or is it just to fit more on the rack?
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    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Apistos rarely rise more than 8"/20 cm above the substrate. The extra height is unused.
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    ButtNekkid Active Member

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    Hi,

    Maybe this depends on how secure they feel.
    My main tank is almost full of Pistia and my Apistos spend their time in every level.

    Attached Files:

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  12. Mike Wise

    Mike Wise Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    That is true. If there aren't enough hiding places on the bottom, they will live among dense roots of floating plants like you have. Even in the wild, apistos have been found among the roots of floating meadows. Still, being a geophagine, their preference is to be a bottom dweller. In the wild, I rarely saw an apisto more than a few centimeters above the leaf litter, where they could quickly hide from danger.
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    Bart Hazes Active Member

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    My latest tanks have been long (up to 6 foot) and deep (up to 2 foot) but 10" or 12" inch tall. However, if you keep a group of apistos and subordinate individuals need a place to hide then in tall tanks they can go up and hide in the floater roots where the dominant fish doesn't seem to look as much or perhaps it doesn't care about fish not competing for substrate territory. Someone told me they floated black PVC pipes at the surface for fish to hide in, something I intend on trying.
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    aquaticclarity Moderator Staff Member 5 Year Member

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    Short Tanks:
    1) more tanks on the wall
    2) cuts down on aggression by limiting the line of sight-the aggressive fish, often the dominant male, can't gain a longer line of sight by moving up in the water column. These means that leaf litter in the tank provides plenty of safe hiding spots and I don't need to worry about providing as many vertical plants or other structure.
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