The river tank

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    Looks great @GaryG

    I like the look the brick wall at the back gives it
     
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    That is going to look epic once you get into it :D
     
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    @GaryG just look at those gobies!
    Have you managed to fix the tank?

     
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    Oooo yes I have watched this video too, already working on my LFS, he has some in his show aquarium, and I will be getting some of them for sure:thumbup:
     
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    Awesome!
    Can’t wait to see :thumbup:
     
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    Man that video is soo cool, I wonder what that plant is that looks like an anemone, they really seem to love it.
     
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    Yes! When I looked at the video’s comments yesterday, the owner also didn’t know what it was, he collected stones with it on from a river.

    @GaryG do you let a new tank mature for a while (if so, how long?) before adding reticulated hillstream loaches? To grow sufficient algae and micro organisms? Or do you find them easy enough to supplement feed?

    Also, the world of gobies has me utterly confused- so many species, not many of them truly freshwater. And sources differ on their opinions as to whether or not a specific species needs brackish water a.o.t. true fresh water. Would your knight gobies flourish in FW, for example? Neon gobies?
     
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    I would suggest letting the tank cycle for about a month...maybe more, leave the lights on until the algea is nicely established, maybe add the other fish, in my case white clouds and danios after about 2 weeks to get the filter going and then start adding the hillstream loaches slowly, sometimes they can be really stressed out and difficult to feed and other times they easily take the algae wafers and other foods.

    There are plenty gobie species, but I think that we will battle to get most of them here, the neon blue goby or Cobalt Goby (Stiphodon semoni) are most likely the most redily available and stunning. Another one is the little bumblebee goby, they can also be kept in fresh or brackish water, I almost forgot about these little guys, had them in my previous hilstream tank and they are really fun to watch and easy to find. The Knight gobies will do fine in fresh water, i dot know how they would handle the current in a river tank and they could be a little agro, they may eat small fish or fry definately will eat small shrimp. Need to consult uncle Google again, there are nice gobies out there I am a huge fan of them, but loads are marine only.
     
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    Just look at this beauty, also a freshwater gobie
     
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    Thanks a mil for the goby suggestions, uncle Google is a mine field on this matter with lots of contradictions. So much better to hear from someone who has kept them! Cobalt gobies and / bumblebee gobies it is then :thumbup:

    I plan on using some already cycled biomedia (supplemented with new biomedia) plus letting the filter run on my 180L for about 2 weeks while I wait for the tank. So should be able to add the danios and minnows pretty much straight away (plus adding Stability for a week in the new tank).

    But I certainly can see that the loaches will stand a better chance in a mature tank with plenty of grazing and will also add them gradually, thanks. Might be difficult to find them in any case. As far as I understand they do best in groups of 6 and more?

    Thanks a mil for your detailed reply!
     
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    Ooh wow! Do you know the name?
    Stunning!
     
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    Cant wait to see this tank up and running @GaryG . Have yet to see one in person ,and thinking of doing one myself .... tank number 4 :eek:.
     
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    Ditto! Also can’t wait to see @GaryG tank and he clearly has started the domino effect with the river tanks :thumbup:
    Go for it @rsa !
     
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    Ok so I've been collecting rocks, and seeing @A new day moving along so nicely I went through my river rocks, gave them a scrub I like the colors - red, yellowish and like a blue grey, I think they are granite as there are lots of granite koppies around Brits and the crocodile river has made them nice and smooth 20200318_175053.jpg20200318_175222.jpg20200318_175705.jpg
    And my buddy Woody has, as always given his aprovalnow to get some algae going....but I may have to make another trip down to the river to get a few big rocks, that tank has a large footprint....

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    Yes yes yes!
    Love those rocks and a few large ones would look great!
    Glad to see this project moving along, it’s going to be fantastic and has already inspired many of us :thumbup:
    Cute dog :)
     
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    Awesome dog you got there !!
     
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    Thanks guys, he is only 3 and a half months old ..all ears :)
    Getting the glass for the bottom tomorrow, need to get it sorted ASAP
     
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    At least when SA gets a full on 3 week quarantine you will have something to do.

    Love Woody.
     
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    Gonna look awesome!! And it's great Woody approves too!
     
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