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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