04-05-2003, 10:32 AM
Join Date: Apr 2003
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:
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.
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