I've probably referred to this other tank occasionally in Planted by Accident - but today I actually made a plant purchase specifically for this aquarium. On purpose. Plant-eating, substrate-digging mbuna and all. So I suppose this one isn't an accident! I must be NUTS. And it's all y'all's fault.
I don't know if this tank is ever going to be "pretty" - it would take some serious engineering to split my CO2 output and run a line across half the perimeter of the house! I'd have to route it through the kitchen and around a counter peninsula!
This is a 75 gallon African cichlid tank - current inhabitants include acei, rusties, red zebras, saulosi, a BN pleco and a flying fox. Please excuse the red zebra currently in protective custody: all the other red zebras hate that one with undying passion, so I have to isolate it until I figure out exactly what to do with it! The swords are escapees from the 55 - the corkscrew vals are the new purchase. Somewhere in there is a little java fern, but I can't seem to keep that one wedged down anywhere and I can't get any of the rocks out and glue it to one of them because I have a bunch of fry hiding in all the crevices right now.
The lights on this one consist of two "stock" 4' light strips on a 10-hr timer - one of them is ODNO T8 (the one currently lit; the other one wasn't on at the time this photo was taken). I took out the old T12 ballast and rewired it myself this afternoon. Hopefully my house won't burn down due to bad wiring or anything.
The substrate is aragonite. I've been using root tabs for the swords; once the vals have a chance to settle in (and if they stay in the same spots - I tried to place them in corners out of the active digging zone) I'll give them some root tabs too, maybe dose traces if needed. I have too much BBA in this tank and I'm planning to step up water changes to both help combat it and drop the nitrates for the fry's sake (they were between 10 and 20 ppm on my last test kit run). I'd put some fast-growing stem plants in there except every time I try that, it turns into this!
They definitely munch on the swords a bit as well, haven't seen anybody take a bite out of the vals yet
, but I'm sure they will eventually.