The Wishing Tank: Stocking Ideas and Setup help wanted!

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So, none of you on this website know (unless you're one of my friends who secretly keeps oscars and uses this forum but doesn't tell me...) but I am only 17 and last year I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I've already had chemotherapy and I am currently 9 months in remission; don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with my story. Long story short, I qualified for a wish from the Make-A-Wish foundation. And I wished for a large african cichlid tank. I'm ordering it through www.atlantisaquariumllc.com/ and it's going to be manufactured by www.titanaquatic.com/

So, the size tank we're talking about is 200 gallons. Pretty good starting size for my first African tank, right? I am drawing out the aquascaped design right now, and I'll be posting it once I'm done. It will have a lot of rock work with dark lace rock that I'll have to (somehow) get my hands on a large amount of with some pretty big pieces (So if you know a good place to order those, please let me know <3)

New idea! :woohoo: The tank can be a round 300 gallons that will have a lace rock island of sorts in the center that will be the center piece of the room next to mine downstairs.

This whole set up has been in the works with the companies for a while, so next on my list to plan in a stocking list for the tank. Here are some likes of mine to give you guys some insight into what type of fish I want:

Malawis
-The flashier the better
-Long fins
-Combination colors
-Stripes
-Peacocks

Suggestions and numbers of fish will all be researched accordingly before we let the fish store (whichever we choose to order from) know.

Also, other set up information such as filters, lighting, etc. are welcome, as those are not yet planned out. I have no budget limit here, so give me some awesome ideas!
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:The Wishing Tank: Stocking Ideas and Setup help wanted!

Sorry to hear your bad situation, but congrats on the opportunity to have a really nice setup!! Request a nice stand and canopy of course to go with the tank. Get the FX6 canister or the eheim 2080 canister to start for filtration. You'll want another filter as well maybe a smaller canister or a large HOB. As for fish stock.. I've been outta touch with Africans for years and can't recommend any thing. Can't wait to see the completed setup.

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Thanks for the advice! And I finished the design. I want to try java moss or some other type of moss to see if those will work with Africans and possibly some other type of tall plant or fern that they won't demolish if that's possible. So, lots of rock work definitely.

Here's the basic design:


The stand is improvised, so the actual stand will most likely look nothing like that. And we can all pretend I can draw a straight line.... <3
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ehall67 replied the topic: The Wishing Tank: Stocking Ideas and Setup help wanted!

Lol I really like the drawing an aqua scape like that will be awesome

not quite Africa but I mean u should ask for some actual moss from there or fro algae on rocks so they can scrape it

nice good job on that drawing wowzer !!!

Also way to be so brave and fight this thing!!! Kudos to you! Everyday hero that's for sure


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I also suggest this pick a lake Vic tang or Malawi and stick with fish from there only ! Could be so awesome !! The. Look up some pics of their homes and try and re create it might be a super fun project !


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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:The Wishing Tank: Stocking Ideas and Setup help wanted!

Wishing you all the best young lady.. 200g African will be spectacular. Will be VERY active tank. Recently sold my Africans, but some of the nice lookers were Red Empress, Obliquidens, OB Peacocks, Kenyi and Blue Hap Ahli. I def concur with Eddie, do research and keep fish from 1 area. I had no luck with plants, I had a lot of diggers. I would suggest a crushed coral substrate, not sand, active diggers make a mess out of sand. Cloudy water, clogged filters.. PITA!! You could likely have 40-50 fish of the right size, good filtration will be a must. 2 big canisters at least.


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Zax replied the topic: The Wishing Tank: Stocking Ideas and Setup help wanted!

Thanks for the info! I've been researching for a while, but now I have more of a base line. And my mother of all people gave me a crazy idea.. A 300 gallon round acrylic aquarium to be the center piece in the downstairs room adjacent to mine. I looked at her like she was crazy, but we did some looking and measuring of the room and door and something like that would fit. O.O Quite the lovely idea. I found a hatred for crushed coral substrate(mostly because I had to get it all out myself) with the 90 gallon tank because it was originally salt water. Now it's got my Oscar in it and he is doing great. He's already packed on another 4 inches easily since I got it set up.

I'm really liking the round tank idea. We haven't settled officially on the tank design with the company, so I see no reason why we couldn't change the original vision since they have made round tanks too. That aquascape would be wonderful! The rocks could be in the center like an island and obscure various piping and such. Oooh! And 300 gallons? LOTS of play room. I may need to get back to the drawing board for that one.
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ehall67 replied the topic: Re:The Wishing Tank: Stocking Ideas and Setup help wanted!

Yes exactly a round tank with a large center island would be absolutely perfect ! And with no budget you got find a heavier sand particle so it does not get flung up and cloudy easy !


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So, I've decided to stock with Malawis. So, now we can start putting together a list of fish and numbers of each as well to stock the 300 gallon. I talked with my Wish agent and she said it's doable and we'll talk to the company.

Now, I have a question: Will Mbunas be fine with Peacocks and Haps at full size?

I though of another question; Would it be better to get the tank in starfire glass or acrylic in terms of coloration over time, longevity, and durability to hold so much weight.
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ehall67 replied the topic: The Wishing Tank: Stocking Ideas and Setup help wanted!

What you are really asking is about weight ! and I would go with acrylic it is lighter

Also you can buff scratches out of acrylic but it does scratch easier than glass

I like the look of my acrylic tanks better if you ask me also I'm surprised they would do a round glass tank

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