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Just setup a drarf cichlid tank

Discussion in 'Beginners Corner' started by sh300, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. sh300

    sh300 New Member

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    Hi i have a 48x18x18 tank setup for dwarf cichlids, i have 2 eheim 2217 but i think 2 makes too much current they dont seem to like it? i also have 1 blue ram but i will get some more soon and i will also get cockatoo dwarfs and some corydoras sterbais.

    Water temp is 82f and ph 6.8 nitrites and ammonia zero of course. What do you think of the setup, conditions any recommendations, would a single eheim 2217 be enough? Thanks and good to be a new member on this forum,
    Steve.
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    sasikan Member

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    hi if you are hoping to get babies i would not add the corydoras.do you plan to add many hiding places? at least one per apisto (dries oak leaves make great hiding places for apistos ) also upside down ceramic pots with a a small hole on the top of the rim for them to get in. look at
    75 Gal A. eunotus "orangeschwanz" Setup, there is a nice picture of a tank with oak leaves
  3. sh300

    sh300 New Member

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    Lots of rocks and mangrove not overly worried about getting babies just want a nice amazon community. Can i use other leaves? don't know where to get oak leaves here.
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    Leave just one 2217 and trim it down. I am using Eheim 2224 (which has 40% less throughput than 2217) in a similar tank and it is absolutely sufficient. There is some current that ruby tetras and simulans enjoy while apistos are just fine.
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    sh300 New Member

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    Trim it down you mean take out some rocks/wood?
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    dw1305 Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Hi all,
    No, Tompoz means the flow may still be too strong, but I really like Eheim Classics running at "full speed", and I would just diffuse the flow. I use an inlet sponge (Eheim do a "pre-filter" as well) and a spray bar with larger diameter holes. The tanks for Apistogrammas are better with more structure.

    This is my cacs tank, it isn't a biotope and it has an ever changing cast of other soft water fish so it isn't ideal as a breeding tank, but the cacs have bred hundreds of fry in there.
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    For a more biotope look see Ruki's post <http://www.apistogramma.com/forum/showthread.php?9042> and for the real thing Tom C's web site: <http://apisto.sites.no/>

    Where are you located? It will give me a bit more idea of what leaves may be available to you. You can always buy "Indian Almond" leaves from the WWW if you don't have access to anything suitable.

    cheers Darrel
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    sh300 New Member

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    Nice looking setup, i want to add leaves to my tank can i add any dried leaves?
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    sh300 New Member

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    I want to put some leaves in my tank i do not know where to get oak leaves so will any leaves be ok?
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    tompoz New Member

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    Oak, birch, almond. Others I do not know.
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    bigbird Member 5 Year Member

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    agree with Tompoz, cheers jk
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    ngocvht New Member

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    It is very beautiful but you need some stone to make you fish happy as they will feel like in nature