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#1 4WheelVFR

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 03:55 PM

Hi all, I recently got rid of all my S. and C. American cichlids to get back into native fishes and thought I'd show my tank and upcoming changes and progress.  The tank itself has inside dimensions of 8'x4'x4' which puts it around 960g I think.  When we built the tank we really didn't think out the sump plans as well as we should've so my sump is undersized for the tank by quite a bit.  It's only a 65g sump I believe with a bunch of seachem pond matrix and a couple bins for filter media.  

I've only had fish in it for a day now, but so far I've got a half dozen or so longears, one green sunfish, a small group of striped shiners, and a group of creek chubs.

 

As far as plans go, I'm definitely going to add more longears, striped shiners, and creek chubs.  I'm also planning on adding another green sunfish or two, (maybe) a couple ambloplites sp, either rock or shadows depending on where I get them, and possibly bluegill.  I would like to have some bottom dwellers of some sort but I'm not sure what at this point.  I'm worried that suckers will have a hard time competing for food and that bullhead cats will eventually get too large for some tank mates.  

 

So far everyone is acclimating well.  Most of the longears and the greenie have been hiding in the rockwork so I haven't seen too much of them yet.  The shiners, chubs, and sunfish that I could observe have started taking frozen food, new life spectrum pellets, and hikari carnivore pellets already which is a good sign.  

 

Anyways, just thought I'd share my tank with everyone.  I'm interested in hearing everyones comments, stock suggestions, etc.  Please excuse the dirty glass and cloudy water.  The tank is pretty "new" right now.  

 

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#2 Cu455

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 05:45 AM

It looks great.

#3 littlen

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 06:58 AM

Despite the hazy look, it doesn't even look like there is water in there.  Cool illusion.  Not sure if the heaters are even on, but you won't need any for the natives.  Stonerollers, while not quite 'bottom dwellers' as we think of the name, do occupy the bottom of the tank at times [foraging for food] and will scrape rocks if you get a good film of algae growing on them.  You're right about most of the true suckers.  They'll have a hard time competing with some of your stocklist.  Madtoms might be a good option if you want some smaller cats.  Some beefy Logperch might also hold their own and occupy the mid/bottom water column.  It's nice that you have such a huge tank and lots of options on stocking it to boot!  Send updates as you get more fish.


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#4 4WheelVFR

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 11:53 AM

Thanks for the comments.  Sorry about the first pic, as it is still dry in that pic and the heaters are out.  The basement ranges from low 60's in the Winter to 70-72 in the Summer, so I just did away with them.  There is an attached video in that initial post so you can get a little better view of it.  The water has cleared up a bit, but I need to change out my filter media in the main canister still, so it's not as clear as it could be yet......and I still need to clean the glass lol.  Everyone is acclimating nicely to aquarium life so far though, except for the green sunfish who decided to jump out.  The stream I caught him in is dominated by Longears so he was actually a tough fish to find there.  I've also given up on the idea of suckers or stonerollers after watching the shiners and chubs eat lol.  I forgot just how greedy those fish are haha.  



#5 Chasmodes

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Posted 22 May 2017 - 12:09 PM

Looks fantastic!!!


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#6 4WheelVFR

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 07:28 PM

I'll have to get an updated pic and vid up soon.  I've added to my numbers enough now that i'm pretty much done stocking it.  Probably around 20 Longears, 5 Bluegill, 1 Green Sunfish, 1 Rock Bass, and a nice little group of striped shiners and creek chub.  There's no fighting at all, except for a little chase here and there.  No territories have been established and everyone pretty much just hangs out in little cliques of 3-5 fish.  The only other fish I can see adding is maybe a bullhead catfish and then some crawdads.  I'm pretty satisfied with the stocking density so far.  Despite the way it sounds it's not crowded in there at all with lots of room for growth.



#7 4WheelVFR

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 08:44 PM

 I was watching my tank for a while after feeding and had a nice surprise.  Apparently I've got 2 little Green Sunfish instead of 1.  One of the Greenies has claimed a large fold in the pond liner on one side and sticks very close to it.  



#8 Chasmodes

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 02:59 PM

Sounds awesome.  Lookin' forward to the pics.  

 

I'd have to fend off my friends away from a tank like that, otherwise, they'd be wetting a line using the bobber and jig method!


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#9 4WheelVFR

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Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:17 PM

Sounds awesome.  Lookin' forward to the pics.  

 

I'd have to fend off my friends away from a tank like that, otherwise, they'd be wetting a line using the bobber and jig method!

Ha, some of my friends have made suggestions about fishing in my tank.  I'll work on getting some pics soon.  I was going to do some video and photos yesterday, but I did a water change and everyone freaked out, not to mention the cloudy water.






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