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Old 04-05-2003, 10:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Hello All,

I have become very interested in starting my first tank and have been running through alot of information absorbing as much as I can as fast as I can.

Through various websites and the suggestion of the posters there, I have ended up here and think this might be exactly what I am looking for.

I have inherited a used 29 gallon tank. Origianlly I planned on buyin a 75 gal but i think I will start with the 29 as a learning tank.

Now I have spent alot of time reading on all types of cichlids adn find them fascinating. However, my motivation for building tanks has changed. I think I am most interested in Biotopes and the research and care that they need to function.

SO now that i have learned about the concept of the Biotope and have a tank, it is time to put this project in motion. But this leaves me with alot of variables, and a need to lock into the exact biotope I am going to design. So i have created a list of criteria that it must fulfill.

1. My tap water has the following quality:

Gh 6
KH 5
ph 6.9 straight out of the tap adn 7.4 rested for 24 hours.

Being a beginner I am looking for an environment that will not force me to heavily treat this water all the time. Now this isnt because i dont want to do the work, but more so I want to keep the difficulty within reason. This concern could be unfounded, if so please tell me so.

2. Natural environmet is most important. I want exact plants and fish in the tank. I want the tank to be suitable for the fish to breed although I will not protect the fry I want the fish to be comfortable enough to breed and let Darwin weed out the weak fry.

3. I have a small tank. I am not interested in 1 or 2 larger fish. I am most interested in a nice collection of fish. A true community tank. Maybe a couple of feature fish, some dithers, and some algae controllers. Again the fish must naturally exist with each other.

4. I am not looking for a formula. I want this to be as much a research project as an exercise in Aquaculture.

SO this leaves me at a point of not enough info to go forward. I am not knowledgeable enough to pick a specific biotope, nor informed enough of what my water and tank size will limit me to. So I need direction and guidance. I am as responsive to more info or responses to my specific points as I am to a simple direction ie "You should look at SE asia biotopes" Overall I have no specific drive to any single Biotope and more so want to match the choice to what i have to work with.

ANy info at all would be great... feel free to link me to other forums or posts.. and feel free to give me reading lists. Any info or direction will be more than i have now.

thanks

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Hello All,

I have become very interested in starting my first tank and have been running through alot of information absorbing as much as I can as fast as I can.

Through various websites and the suggestion of the posters there, I have ended up here and think this might be exactly what I am looking for.

I have inherited a used 29 gallon tank. Origianlly I planned on buyin a 75 gal but i think I will start with the 29 as a learning tank.

Now I have spent alot of time reading on all types of cichlids adn find them fascinating. However, my motivation for building tanks has changed. I think I am most interested in Biotopes and the research and care that they need to function.

SO now that i have learned about the concept of the Biotope and have a tank, it is time to put this project in motion. But this leaves me with alot of variables, and a need to lock into the exact biotope I am going to design. So i have created a list of criteria that it must fulfill.

1. My tap water has the following quality:

Gh 6
KH 5
ph 6.9 straight out of the tap adn 7.4 rested for 24 hours.

Being a beginner I am looking for an environment that will not force me to heavily treat this water all the time. Now this isnt because i dont want to do the work, but more so I want to keep the difficulty within reason. This concern could be unfounded, if so please tell me so.

2. Natural environmet is most important. I want exact plants and fish in the tank. I want the tank to be suitable for the fish to breed although I will not protect the fry I want the fish to be comfortable enough to breed and let Darwin weed out the weak fry.

3. I have a small tank. I am not interested in 1 or 2 larger fish. I am most interested in a nice collection of fish. A true community tank. Maybe a couple of feature fish, some dithers, and some algae controllers. Again the fish must naturally exist with each other.

4. I am not looking for a formula. I want this to be as much a research project as an exercise in Aquaculture.

SO this leaves me at a point of not enough info to go forward. I am not knowledgeable enough to pick a specific biotope, nor informed enough of what my water and tank size will limit me to. So I need direction and guidance. I am as responsive to more info or responses to my specific points as I am to a simple direction ie "You should look at SE asia biotopes" Overall I have no specific drive to any single Biotope and more so want to match the choice to what i have to work with.

ANy info at all would be great... feel free to link me to other forums or posts.. and feel free to give me reading lists. Any info or direction will be more than i have now.

thanks

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Brandon,

With the dimensions of a 29 your possibilities are a little limited. It's a great tank for Angelfish or a multi-strata aquarium. A South American or Southeast Asian system would present the most possibilities.
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Thanks phil.

ANy recommended readings?

Also at what size tank would the most possibilities open up? 75 gallon?

Also a specific question to you... I Read some links you have here and was wondering if you are the Biotypical on the other forum? I was wondering if you could kinda gimme your Bio? I am very interested in how you made the jump to professional work with the science museum? It just intrigues me... heh if thats "creepy" ,I understand LOL.

Well you already have helped me alot. Thanks so much.

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Yeah, I'm the Biotypical from the other forum(s). I don't think anyone else would be caught using a name like that...I'm not right in the head.

I made the jump when I needed a job and found an aquarium maintenance company in the area. I don't work at the museum, rather, the company was hired to design and maintain a number of aquariums at the museum.

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Heya Phil,

I have some question about where to find some info.

I am considering trying to emulate a Tangayika shellie environment and Have found some basic online info. Do you nkow of any books or scientific journals that could be of help to me?

Also what plants are indigenous to Lake Tank? I am thinking that because of their size and the fact they are a very shallow water fish, Shellies are probably plant friendly and also coexist with decent plant life in nature.

Although I have no delusions about my lack of knowledge in aquarium culture, do businesses like the one you work for, take interns or apprentices?

Thanks again for all your time,it is really appreciated.

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