Fishroom Plan

spitz006

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In this post I will layout the plans for my fish room and you all can tell me if there are any flaws in my plans or something I haven’t thought of.

224 gallon tank: starry night cichlid, freshwater archers (toxotes blythii), few clown loaches, couple other Asian-African oddballs like a small species of bichir and an African knife fish. Big male moonlight gourami. Black background, black diamond sand.

90 gallon tank with sump: like 8 or 9 different species of male peacocks. Nothing human-bred.. just the natural colors of male aulonocaras. 3D background or just holy rock and black painted background. Not sure what color sand.

45 gallon brackish tidepool: certain species of brackish hermit crabs, brackish kilifish, maybe butis butis crazy fish, brackish oddballs. Baserock, will look like a Fowlr tank basically.

45 gallon black water Amazon tank: dwarf cichlids, small tetras and pencilfish, corydoras. Almond leaves, Leaf litter and branches

45 gallon planted Australia tank: planted and aqua scapes with whatever low tech plants I can find cheap. Dwarf rainbows, peacock gudgeons. Special plant gravel to make up for my non green thumb.

10 gallon neocaridina breeding tank, attempting to breed orange neos and feed the culls to my other tanks. Pair of rabbit snails in there too hoping to breed.


most of these projects are already 100% underway or in progress, some are at the beginning stages. Any thoughts at all?
 
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I’ve been keeping fish for 19 years and a member of this site for a lot of them. Finally have a good job and my own house and livin the dream.
 

Bara fisk

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I’ve been keeping fish for 19 years and a member of this site for a lot of them. Finally have a good job and my own house and livin the dream.

honestly you seem to have it all figured out just 2 things , now remember i only been in the hobby for about 1.5 years and dont know alot but then again its just my opinion not a law and do whatever you want with it !:D , picture 1 the wood , i've heard of wood expanding and cracking tanks so maybe watchout for that 2nd i've had a couple of bichirs but IME i've kinda struggled when i put them with other fish they would rarely get any food so i do kinda worry when you plan on adding loaches and bichirs , then again you did say smaller bichirs which would be the upper jaw ones which are more active so maybe not a porblem i did have a ornate ones that was adhd x 10 , he never ever stopped moving and then i had a lapradei ( lower jaw ) that moved 1-3 times a day and would take about 15 minutes to eat a few shrimps ^^
 

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honestly you seem to have it all figured out just 2 things , now remember i only been in the hobby for about 1.5 years and dont know alot but then again its just my opinion not a law and do whatever you want with it !:D , picture 1 the wood , i've heard of wood expanding and cracking tanks so maybe watchout for that 2nd i've had a couple of bichirs but IME i've kinda struggled when i put them with other fish they would rarely get any food so i do kinda worry when you plan on adding loaches and bichirs , then again you did say smaller bichirs which would be the upper jaw ones which are more active so maybe not a porblem i did have a ornate ones that was adhd x 10 , he never ever stopped moving and then i had a lapradei ( lower jaw ) that moved 1-3 times a day and would take about 15 minutes to eat a few shrimps ^^
Good call about the bichir for sure… he really seems to miss out at meal time. If I feed at night I think he’s the only one out at night. I forget to do night feedings a lot though.
 

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Good call about the bichir for sure… he really seems to miss out at meal time. If I feed at night I think he’s the only one out at night. I forget to do night feedings a lot though.

Ye i've had a few bichirs but always ended bad for me so far sadly.. decided to sell the ones i had left. i had such wierd experiences with them ... from what i've read they're really easy to keep but IME not at all..

I had 2 at first which i had for about 5-6 months ish then both died within 48 hours randomly , 1 had NO marks no bite marks no scratches no wounds NOTHING
2nd one had a little bit of fin rot pretty little tough to be fair like 20% of its back tail that was it . then i looked in to it some more and heard that plecos love bichirs slime coat for whatever reason so i got rid of the plecos and gave it another go . got myself a ornate like yours had him for maybe 3 months on a rock substrate ( pretty decent sized rocks i dont know the inch markers for it but i woud say 0.5-1cm rocks ish which should be a little under half a inch at max and half of that at the lowest so decent sized rocks. anyway he got swim bladder issues which to be fair could be just really unlucky i guess but i JUST to make sure removed like 90% of the stone and poured down like 50 lb of sand in the tank kept very little gravel at the bottom to use them with the plants . the ornate passed about 1 week after the bladder issue i tried everything nothing helped . maybe 3-6 months after that i decided fudge it i and went all in i got 3 senegals and 1 endlicheri at about 4-6 inches each ( the only availble size at any store or online shop that i knew of ) , then i orded 1 lapradei that it said on the order 20-30 cm ( 8 - 12 inches ) he was about 10.5 inches ( 27.5cm ) when i got him he looked pretty sick was extremly skinny but i got him eating up , 2 weeks pass by he eats one of the senegals ( the smallest one ) i figured i just have to feed more , 1 more week goes by he gets another . so now i figured okay ... they go to my 190g with half sand half gravel actually is the word not ''stone'' .. xd tank just to get more space so no more bichirs would get eaten ... he got the other 2 eventually ( after about 1-2 months ) ... then he lived for maybe 1 more month and for the first time ever i went away from home for more then 1 day ( 3 days ) he had smashed his mouth on somethign and there was a little fungus on his lip ( really not alot ) so i decided since it was late that i would move him to a solo tank the day after but he had alreayd passed so IME bichirs didnt work out for me at all sadly . i had 2 others a del + ornate that were about 8 inches to at the time but after the lapra passed i just sold thme since i didnt feel like it would work out and they would probaly also pass . so over 1 year or smthing 6/8 of mine died after in my opinion i pretty much did everything that i could to be fair 4 of 6 was eaten tough but still .. and i probaly spent over 300 dollars in total on them which in fish price is rather expansive. sry for this long text but its good to get all the info you can even if its good or bad :) and the time the spent in the 190g the oscars would always snatch 90% of the food and try their best to steal food out of the bichirs mouth so i dont really recomend them as tankmates which is wierd since plecos + oscars is top 5 tank mates for bichir acording to google / youtube if im not mistaken so after that im a little more cautious about info online . sry if my english is a little bad not my first language
 

Bara fisk

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Ye i've had a few bichirs but always ended bad for me so far sadly.. decided to sell the ones i had left. i had such wierd experiences with them ... from what i've read they're really easy to keep but IME not at all..

I had 2 at first which i had for about 5-6 months ish then both died within 48 hours randomly , 1 had NO marks no bite marks no scratches no wounds NOTHING
2nd one had a little bit of fin rot pretty little tough to be fair like 20% of its back tail that was it . then i looked in to it some more and heard that plecos love bichirs slime coat for whatever reason so i got rid of the plecos and gave it another go . got myself a ornate like yours had him for maybe 3 months on a rock substrate ( pretty decent sized rocks i dont know the inch markers for it but i woud say 0.5-1cm rocks ish which should be a little under half a inch at max and half of that at the lowest so decent sized rocks. anyway he got swim bladder issues which to be fair could be just really unlucky i guess but i JUST to make sure removed like 90% of the stone and poured down like 50 lb of sand in the tank kept very little gravel at the bottom to use them with the plants . the ornate passed about 1 week after the bladder issue i tried everything nothing helped . maybe 3-6 months after that i decided fudge it i and went all in i got 3 senegals and 1 endlicheri at about 4-6 inches each ( the only availble size at any store or online shop that i knew of ) , then i orded 1 lapradei that it said on the order 20-30 cm ( 8 - 12 inches ) he was about 10.5 inches ( 27.5cm ) when i got him he looked pretty sick was extremly skinny but i got him eating up , 2 weeks pass by he eats one of the senegals ( the smallest one ) i figured i just have to feed more , 1 more week goes by he gets another . so now i figured okay ... they go to my 190g with half sand half gravel actually is the word not ''stone'' .. xd tank just to get more space so no more bichirs would get eaten ... he got the other 2 eventually ( after about 1-2 months ) ... then he lived for maybe 1 more month and for the first time ever i went away from home for more then 1 day ( 3 days ) he had smashed his mouth on somethign and there was a little fungus on his lip ( really not alot ) so i decided since it was late that i would move him to a solo tank the day after but he had alreayd passed so IME bichirs didnt work out for me at all sadly . i had 2 others a del + ornate that were about 8 inches to at the time but after the lapra passed i just sold thme since i didnt feel like it would work out and they would probaly also pass . so over 1 year or smthing 6/8 of mine died after in my opinion i pretty much did everything that i could to be fair 4 of 6 was eaten tough but still .. and i probaly spent over 300 dollars in total on them which in fish price is rather expansive. sry for this long text but its good to get all the info you can even if its good or bad :) and the time the spent in the 190g the oscars would always snatch 90% of the food and try their best to steal food out of the bichirs mouth so i dont really recomend them as tankmates which is wierd since plecos + oscars is top 5 tank mates for bichir acording to google / youtube if im not mistaken so after that im a little more cautious about info online . sry if my english is a little bad not my first language

really sad to be honest since its really one of my top 5 favorite fish but for now i cant bring myself to get more , my plan is if i ever get bichirsi will go all in most likely get a huge tank like a 190g or something just for them and buy like 10x or something ALL at the same size i think and take away decorations as the get older since im a afraid they might slam into it because of their bad sight but not sure yet :) , https://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/threads/bichirs.747927/#post-8454092 in this post you can see my 3 big bichirs together
 
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