Cichlid Tank Update March 2015

Just a quick update tonight, while I pay mediocre attention to Walking the Nile, the live plants are doing ok but look as if they’re molding a bit. They might be removed if the water can’t be cleaned better. The water changes help yet it feels like a losing battle. Ah well.

The fish, Jack (Red Devil), Dumpster (Jack Dempsy male), Albus (Albino Convict), Luke (Green Terror), the Minions (Pictus catfish), The Doctor (Pleco) are all healthy and growing. Jack and Dumpster are the biggest with Jack having the best growth rate. I love staring at them.


Then there is the newest addition, Kronus (Red Dragon Flowerhorn).


Kronus arrived from Florida at just over one inch long. He took to his 10 gallon home (a fish tank we inhereted) with hia tetra buddies. Kronus is about a inch and a half now and juat starting to show a red hue to his fins. I assume he will be mostly red yet it probably is too soon to tell. Can’t to have him in the 92g.

Anyone else raise these cichlids?


Fish Tank Fun During #SharkWeek

I’ve been enthralled in Discovery’s Shark Week. Despite the fake “Submarine” documentary, which many hate and I enjoyed because its realistic nature, there is still so much to enjoy about a tradition I’ve come to enjoy each and every year.

This year, while watching the first episodes of Shark Week, I decided to stick the GoPro inside the fish tank to see what happened. In my own awesome sub-aquatic adventure, the fish put on a tranquil display that had me GoPro-ing out in the living room. Joy thinks I’m weird but I enjoy the perspective.

The video is slow, as in its a non-edit, and was just to give a look inside a fish tank and to see how the 3+ would captured the view. The settings were 1440p using ProTune.


Jewels Cichlids laid Eggs

One day after adding flat rock behind the castle, in a tank that’s only 3 months old, our Jewels laid their second, the first set didn’t last long, batch of eggs.

It’s hard to see but the reddish rocks behind the castle is where the fish humping took place.


Joy and I thought about posting our future babies on Facebook to freak out the family but who wants to jinx themselves. LOL

With hopes the Jewels will be more attentive parents this.


Watch “My New World Cichlid Tank” on YouTube

I just took a short video of our New World Cichlid tank. The tank stats are:

– 92 gallon corner tank
– API XPL filter will ceramic rings and sponges
– LED lights with glass top & 2 heaters

From what I’ve read, this being my first tank, priests like natural looking tank escaping but Joy has two little girls and they like castlescaping so they win. Especially since I get cichlids.

Our fish consist of:

– 2 Green Terrors (Gru is the male, Lucy is the female)
– 2 Jack Dempseys(no names yet)
– 2 Jewels (El Macho is the male and no name for the female)
– 3 Pictures Catfish (Minions)
– 1 6″ Pleco (Dr Nafareo)

Common names but all the reading on scientific names just makes my head swim. At almost three months the fish are healthy and growing great on their beef heart, pellets, blood worms, and cril. All the males are growing fast and their colors are really bright and looking sharp.


The 92 corner tank is a bit cloudy


On day day 3 of the fish tank setup and the micro bubbles have stopped but now it’s cloudy. I was reading over at cichlid-forum.com that it should clear up with carbon. The filter has carbon is in the filter so it is probably just a matter of time before. LOL I’m a bit impatient.

However, the girls love the fish tank and that makes me really happy. They watch it and the fish and even named 6 of them after Despicable Me 2.

– Gru: Green Terror (male)
– Lucy: Green Terror (female)
– Dr. Nafario: Pleco
– Minions: 3 Catfish

Cracks me up so much and now we have 4 more too name but we can wait.