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Tank 15: 35 gal African tank

Picture of Ropefish

This tank houses a number of African fish.

Tank Size (LxWxH) 48x15x13" (122x37.5x32.5cm)
Volume Nominal: Nominal: 35 imp gallons/42 US gallons/158 litres
Filtration Built-in internal filter box, powered by Rio 800 powerhead. There are twin pre-filtration sponges, and the main biomedia is highly porous Alfagrog rock.
Heating Heated room, with 100W back-up heater in first chamber of filter compartment.
Lighting Medium - 1 x 38W/42" fluorescent tube.
Substrate Thin layer of aquarium sand.
Decor Bogwood, live plants.
Background 3-D effect artificial background.
Water parameters Temp=26oC ; pH=7.0-7.2 ; GH=4 ; KH=3
30% water change every week.
Stock 5 Polypterus buettikoferi (approx 4"), will soon be moved to their own tank.
4 Ropefish / Reedfish (Erpetoichthys calabaricus)
Synodontis flavitaeniatus (Pyjama syno)
Pelvicachromis taeniatus Makoure (male)
Bristlenose catfish (Ancistrus sp.) - not African but a great algae cleaner!

RopefishPelvicachromis taeniatus Makoure, male
Picture of Ropefish / Reedfish Picture of Pelvicachromis taeniatus Makoure, male

This is one of six tanks that I have with built-in internal filtration units. I specified the design for these and had them built into the tank at the time of manufacture. They are efficient and very low maintenance. They are also separated from the main tank, so young fish cannot get into the filter compartment, and there is space to put a heater in the initial filter chamber too. The only cable going into the tank enters the built-in filter compartment, so the sliding cover glasses on the main part of the tank do not require any gaps in them - to ensure the Ropefish cannot escape the tank, as they are renowned escape artists!

The tank itself is wider (front-to-back), than it is high - perfect for raising the bottom dwelling Ropefish that need plenty of floor space, but need to be able to reach the surface easily to gulp air.


Tank 1
(Leiarius pictus)
Tank 2
(Siamese Tigers)
Tank 3
Tank 4
Tank 5
(Wolf Cichlid)
Tank 6
Tank 7
Tank 8
Tank 9
Tank 10
Tank 11
Tank 12
Tank 13
(Wolf Fish)
Tank 14
(Planted Tank)
Tank 15
(W. African)
Tank 16
Tank 17
Tank 18
(Wolf Fish)
Tank 19
Tank 20
(Nano Reef)
Tank 21
Tank 22-26
Tank 27
(Nano Planted)
Fish House
(Setting up)
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