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PostSubject: 72 gallon African tank   Thu Jan 03, 2013 10:53 am

72 gallon bowfront tank with the following:

3 Maylandia Estherae
4 Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei"
1 Labidochromis Caeruleus
3 Cynotilapia Afra "Jalo Reef"

Thanks to Ron for the help getting the tank cycled. The fish, other than the Jalo Reef Afras, were really just picked up to be inexpensive starters in case things didn't go right. The kids are now big fans and excited about their colors and behavior (especially the 4 year old who seems to have a real fascination for how long the fish poops get).

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Left rock formation:


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Female (Probably) Zebra:
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PostSubject: Re: 72 gallon African tank   Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:41 am

Thats a good looking tank with good looking fish!

72 gallons is quite a lot, do you plan on putting more in there?

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PostSubject: Re: 72 gallon African tank   Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:53 am

I'd love to have a 125 or bigger. I already have the itch since I used to run a larger tank (along with several 55s).

Most of these fish are juveniles, so I'll see how things work out. Also, the local pet store selection is pretty bad compared to 8-9 years ago. The Afras actually came from That Pet Place in Lancaster, PA (I have relatives living nearby), so a lot will depend on something interesting catching my eye.

Hopefully I'll connect with some local African breeders through this site. If I can get the Aceis or Afras to breed, maybe I'll have something to trade.
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PostSubject: Re: 72 gallon African tank   Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:08 pm

Wow Lane you did a great job. What kind of sand and lighting did you chose? It really pops the colors out. Also really like the rocks. Are these from LFS's or ones you found out and about?
Glad to help with the media. Hope it helped.
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PostSubject: Re: 72 gallon African tank   Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:46 pm

Substrate is pool filter sand from Leslie's on Broad Street. I have an extra 50# bag left over that I didn't use - perhaps I'll add more if there's too much digging or save it for a future tank. I love the fact that it's cheap, looks nice, and seems much more natural than the old colored (black) gravel I used to use a decade ago.

Lighting is just a single 4' Marineland fixture that came with this used tank. It has a F40T10 "Daylight" bulb. I'm guessing it's in the 6500K range, but I'm not sure.

As for the rocks, they all came from near my house. The rock in the center may be the most interesting since it is pretty dark gray with a band of white running through it. Washed and scrubbed them all and poured boiling water over top just to be sure.

Plants are obviously fake, but I wanted something to jazz up the scene, add a little color, and give the fish a little more shelter.
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PostSubject: Re: 72 gallon African tank   Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:45 pm

I BET your kids ARE excited about their tank! - who wouldn't be!

I like your aquascape and the really colorful stock were well worth the truck from PA.

Your photography looks good too!

Glad to see the progression - thanks for sharing - look forward to updates...

and yeah... that guy Ron -- He's what clubs are all about.... he's "awright" in my book... Smile

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PostSubject: Re: 72 gallon African tank   Fri Jan 04, 2013 8:58 pm

Beautiful tank and Awesome Photography, love the rock work it is just right.
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PostSubject: Re: 72 gallon African tank   Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:23 am

@Leanback wrote:
Beautiful tank and Awesome Photography, love the rock work it is just right.

Yep- concur. Very good photos. Is there another layer of something under your pool sand? I agree with everyone else- that looks great.
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PostSubject: Re: 72 gallon African tank   Sun Jan 06, 2013 7:52 am

love the rock placement, your tank looks great!
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PostSubject: Re: 72 gallon African tank   Sun Jan 06, 2013 9:11 am

@DL Lawrence wrote:
@Leanback wrote:
Beautiful tank and Awesome Photography, love the rock work it is just right.

Yep- concur. Very good photos. Is there another layer of something under your pool sand? I agree with everyone else- that looks great.

No, that's probalby just the shadow from only having the tank light on and dark in the room. Or I accidentally buried a large manta ray when setting up the tank...

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PostSubject: Re: 72 gallon African tank   Mon Jan 07, 2013 11:25 am

Those are very nice, sharp pictures with good action captured! ThumbsUp The rockwork is perfect.

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PostSubject: Re: 72 gallon African tank   Thu Jun 27, 2013 5:00 pm

I need a camera like yours and some rocks too!!!
Really nice tank!

Are you planing to put more species?
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