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Old 7th February 2017, 15:03   #481
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Looking good dude Must be bliss to sit in front of it.

something/someone has spooked my 11 clowns and they run and hide every time someone goes near the tank. they used to come all the way to the top for food before this.
It sure is Thankfully they've settled in well already even with all the repeated disturbance with cycling and scaping.

Had the same issue with my loaches as well in the previous tank - I was told to give them live feed (like blood worms) and add a bit more than usual so they sit on the aquarium substrate and stand/sit right in front of them - this way they see you and don't see you as a threat.

Also, increase water temp so they get a bit active and hungry... I do this when I want them to try some new feed. This works like a charm.
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What are the dimensions of the tank? What fishes do you have now?
Please pretty please put up a few pix/vids of this monstrous tank
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You can try adding some crabs or shrimps. Otherwise it is best to add different colored cichlids.
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Most loaches, botias and plecos would happily co-exist.

Been seeing a lot of Fresh water ray varieties in local pet stores and on Instagram... for a 2000+ litre tank, it would be perfect I guess. Most of them with malavi cichlids in the tank (not necessarily their natural habitat).
Thank you for your super prompt response. The tank's internal dimensions ie not accounting for the thickness of the glass are 1.8m L, 0.9m W and 1.2M deep. I have 20 cichlids of a medium size and another 15 of a small size (born in the tank). Earlier there were two black-orange Oscars who were the dada's of the tank. One lived to 4 years and the other to 7 years. The latter grew to 13" in length (measured when it died). Now that they are out of the way I can introduce some new fish. Earlier attempts led to the 2 Oscars killing the new fish within 5 to 10 minutes - bingo and they were finished.

Would be grateful for your advice on cichlid compatibles and sources in NCR-Gurgaon.
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link please? could not find gravels on that site
I purchased it from their store directly.
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Thank you for your super prompt response. The tank's internal dimensions ie not accounting for the thickness of the glass are 1.8m L, 0.9m W and 1.2M deep. I have 20 cichlids of a medium size and another 15 of a small size (born in the tank). Earlier there were two black-orange Oscars who were the dada's of the tank. One lived to 4 years and the other to 7 years. The latter grew to 13" in length (measured when it died). Now that they are out of the way I can introduce some new fish. Earlier attempts led to the 2 Oscars killing the new fish within 5 to 10 minutes - bingo and they were finished.

Would be grateful for your advice on cichlid compatibles and sources in NCR-Gurgaon.
That is a monstrous tank. Very deceptive but

Your problem is that you are mixing up Africans and Americans. Not a good idea. No wonder your big Oscars were able to bully them around.

Make up your mind as to which ones you like the most and set tank accordingly.

Both require different water parameters and tank decor.

Africans Haps decor should be open water with few rocky caves
African Mbunas should be filled with rocky caves
American aggressive cichlids need lot of drift wood and such to break line of sight so that they each have a territory to defend. Otherwise they would end up killing each other. They seldom back off from a fight.

You can overstock on Africans [you need to]. Could easily fit in lots more of them in there a tank that size.
Americans well not so much. They generally are more bigger and meaner and need more space.

Take your time, read up more about the types of cichlids and ask for help.
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I purchased it from their store directly.
Oh ok. Got any pics of the gravel itself?
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Oh ok. Got any pics of the gravel itself?
I haven't taken that separately. I will post a separate pic if you'd like? Anything in particular you are looking for in the picture?
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Just the gravel. Smoothness of the pebbles and overall colour. A shot from the top or diagonally would help
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Just the gravel. Smoothness of the pebbles and overall colour. A shot from the top or diagonally would help
Managed these from my phone.
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Thanks dude. It's 80/kg? Do they have it in a more natural colour. Browns and yellows?

Just ordered ADA Aqua Gravel for Rs.1500/15Kg. Not totally happy seeing it has a few sharp edges and am scared for my loaches.
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Thanks dude. It's 80/kg? Do they have it in a more natural colour. Browns and yellows?

Just ordered ADA Aqua Gravel for Rs.1500/15Kg. Not totally happy seeing it has a few sharp edges and am scared for my loaches.
Yes. I paid 80/- a kilogram. It was totally worth it. Maybe the conditions in which I photographed them gives out a different but they are more of brown/dark brown. No sharp edges as well. I do not remember them having other shades of these gravel dude. The ones they had were transparent with designs internally for decorative purposes.
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That is a monstrous tank. Very deceptive but

Make up your mind as to which ones you like the most and set tank accordingly.

You can overstock on Africans [you need to]. Could easily fit in lots more of them in there a tank that size.

Take your time, read up more about the types of cichlids and ask for help.
Thank you deathwalker. Useful tips. Given the length of the available wall I had to restrict the internal length to 6 feet but made up for it in width & depth. there was another wall available of 16 feet length to build a tank against but wifey-boss put her foot down.
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Lucky you to have such a massive tank. Do check monsterfishkeepers. Very nice forum. You could get tips from people who have big and bigger tanks.
I would list your options like so:
Full on Lake Malawi biotope
South American predator biotope
Or monster fishes for that tank:
Asian arowanas
Gars
Indonesian datnoids
Rays and bichirs

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Lucky you to have such a massive tank. Do check monsterfishkeepers. Very nice forum. You could get tips from people who have big and bigger tanks.
I would list your options like so:
Full on Lake Malawi biotope
South American predator biotope
Or monster fishes for that tank:
Asian arowanas
Gars
Indonesian datnoids
Rays and bichirs

Thank you very much. I was told Arowanas get attacked by cichlids. Could you throw light on that. Best wishes - Narayan
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After a long time, sharing the latest pic of (we call him Flash) my Asian Gold Arowana. He is nearing 2 years age and inching close to 2 feet length.

Also sharing the photos from my African Dwarf Cichlid tank. Julidochromis and Leleuipis.
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Thank you very much. I was told Arowanas get attacked by cichlids. Could you throw light on that. Best wishes - Narayan
I did not mention aros and cichlids together :P

Aros surface dwellers
Indo Dats, Flagtails mid range
Rays, Bichirs, Catfishes bottom dwellers
Gars wherever they please

But that said, in a monster tank like yours, Cichlids can be kept with Aros provided there is a size difference. Say an adult red devil could bring down a juvenile aro very easily but that again depends on how you set your tank.
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