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Filter comes tomorrow (Saturday delivery FTW), and need to finish the stand once everything is in place. Almost ready for the fish.

Edit: and get all those ugly wires out of there.
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You need a little bugdroid statue to put in there. 
 
+Don Gray living 45 miles from the closest place to buy salt mix made me break my reef down. Mail order salt mix gets expensive to ship lol.

Water out of my tap is perfect for Tangs, so it's was a no-brainer.
 
+Jerry Hildenbrand holy crap man! Out in the boonies? Cichlids are great though. Very hardy fish. Did you get a Plecosthamus for the tank too?
 
A pleco wouldn't last 5 minutes with the fish I'm putting in there :)
 
I had one in mine. I think the reason mine was ok was because my pleco was bigger than the cichlids from the beginning though.
 
Tanganyika cichlids are really cool, but the big ones can get aggressive.

Years ago when I was still in college in France, my youngest brother was part of an aquarium club in my parents' hometown, and I helped clean up the tanks in summer. They had an 8-ft tank with several hundred Neolamprologus brichardi, is was magical.

Personally, I think that Neolamprologus multifasciatus is one of the best species of fish to have at home: it's small enough to have an actual ecosystem even in a 10-gallon tank, it doesn't need much food and therefore doesn't require many water changes, it has very interesting social behaviors, and it breeds easily.

A friend of my brother's has several large tanks with Tropheus. Those looked amazingly good.
 
HAH! This tank is going to house a huge colony of multis +Jean-Baptiste Quéru.

I got 3 imported from a new locale that are darker bodied with more blue on the cheek, an they have outgrown everything I put them in. Hoping this tank footprint (36x18) can get me at least 6 months before I need to cull again.
 
Multis are hard in a way, because they really want to stay on a sandy floor and don't really use the height of the water column. They can easily be kept in tanks 8 to 10 inches deep as long as they don't have too many conflicts.

On the other hand, in a taller tank (with some rock formations) you can create some tall rock "shelters" for the ones that can't find space on the sand, which is an easy way to know when the tank is getting overpopulated.
 
I have a brichardi in my mixed tank for a little guy,he holds his own cave down pretty good. It's time for a new rock set up for them.
 
I've learned that ~5 shells per fish tends to keep them down low, even if they aren't actively using them. Must be a behavior bred into them that causes them to seek greener pastures when the ratio of fish to shell goes out of whack.

That's a lot of escargot :)
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