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Old 19-06-13, 08:51
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Apology + Questions/Ideas

Firstly, a thousand apologies for my complete lack of activity over the last however long it has been.

Long story short, I completely lost interest in my tank a while ago, that lead to me not visiting the site at all.

I've been slack on tank maintenance as well but finally got round to doing a huge waterchange and gravel vac yesterday, wow there was a lot to get rid of.

Will need to do another today go get rid of the rest of the detritus but the tank laready looks a lot better.

I'll be honest, I've lost a lot of fish as a result, Tetra, both Angels, all corys and possibly some Ancistrus.

Good news is the L191 is still going and at least one large female A sp rio ucayali.

nb - if anyone wants to know what Tetra are seemingly bulletproof then Penguins are the way to go.

One thing that has flourish as a result is my Anubias, I have a few in there and one in particular is the biggest one I have ever seen. Tried moving it and it is well and truly rooted to a piece of wood.

The tank now has a jungle look about it that I actually quite like, very wild and natural imo (will post a picture later).

I have resolved to make sure I keep up with the maintenance but the loss of the fish means i now have the opportunity to restock.

Best guess at what is in there now is

6 x Penguin Tetra
1 x L191
1-3 x Ancistrus sp. rio ucayali
1 x Dension Barb

Tank is ~ 300l, filtered by Tetratec ex700 and Eheim 2217 plus a small internal for movement mainly.

Looking for ideas what to restock with, Mrs Xingu will want another colony of small angels which we've had before, I am quite tempted by Discus but tank probably runs a little cold for them presently (unheated @ 26 degrees ish) and their diet is not a great mix for the 191 so would have to try and spot feed.

Throw some suggestions at me people, let's see what we can come up with.
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Old 19-06-13, 10:33
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welcome back. we missed you. how about some nice geos ? they are stunning and 300l is large enough. good luck and get that groove back ok ? cheers jk
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Old 19-06-13, 12:00
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Hi Xinju welcome back!! To go with angels I'd suggest for the lower levels, some rams & for the upper levels hatchet fish maybe?
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Old 19-06-13, 13:09
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Geos I like unsure if they are available here though, good idea.

Rams are not my thing, more I think about it the more the discus idea is growing on me.

Need to get out and about and see what I can lay my hands on.
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Old 20-06-13, 18:48
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Welcome back!
Discus and angels typically aren't recommended as tankmates. If you can convince the Mrs to part with the angels than discus could be an option. I love Uarus but they can decimate a planted tank. Chocolate cichlids are another large peaceful cichlid that is relatively peaceful as could be severums. There are many nice mid-sized central american cichlids if you wanted to go that way.
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Old 23-06-13, 10:59
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Hey Lorne.

For clarity, no Angels in there at the moment, the current stocking is above.

Local wholesaler is getting Geos in next week, I saw some hideously overpriced (and fairly horrible looking) Discus at the weekend.

In no rush so will assess options over the next few weeks and make a decision from there.
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Old 23-06-13, 11:59
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Saw the stocking. Just figured if it is like my house,if the Mrs wants it its pretty much in there already. Just meant if you could convince the Mrs to part with the idea of angels you'd be home free with the discus. There are some great angels out there now though, some of those out of the Philippines are truly amazing.
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Old 23-06-13, 13:12
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haha, yes there is that issue.

She liked the Geos she saw on google images, I am awaiting as response to what species they are.

We've done Angels a few times now, the wholesaler also should have juvi Discus I hope so will try and see them and the Geos at the same time.

They also have young L330 in as well which is a rarity here.
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also Uarus are great. They are my fav but like Lornek states, they eat plants. cheers jk
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Old 26-06-13, 18:40
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Ture Parrot Cichilds would be great as well, but are pretty rare and can also get quite large. To clarify, not talking about those bright colorful hybrid abominations.
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