A little separation and rearranging

Two new tank stands in fish room. Photo by author.

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, then you know I built a couple of new tank stands a few months ago. I posted about building them here and here. One of them has been is use for some time, but the other one was waiting for me to do some rearranging.

Well, that day was today. In the photo at top, you see the two stands. I just put the right stand in this morning, replacing the commercial stand that was there. The two new stands are almost identical. The one on the left is just a bit wider and has 2×4 (x2) legs, while the one on the right has 4×4 legs. Also, note the flooring of each bottom shelf runs in different directions.

One reason for the rearranging was that the bottom shelf of the commercial stand was only about 4 inches off the floor (you can see the commercial stand in the bottom photo of this post). This made gravity siphoning almost impossible. The new stands are much better for that. Also, I now have greater flexibility with respect to filtration. I can use anything I want – HOB, canister, or sump – much easier than before. The bottom shelves of each stand aren’t meant to hold any tanks. They’re for storage, filtration, etc.

Another reason for the rearrangement was I needed more room for tanks and greater flexibility. The new stands were built to specifically accommodate 20g longs but they will also easily accommodate multiple 10g tanks or a few other sizes. This gives me options without having to buy/build stands for a specific tank.

The top tank on the right currently houses a single male Telmatochromis sp. “temporalis shell” along with his numerous offspring – fry and juveniles. I did have a breeding pair in this tank, but I moved the female to the tank on the lower left by herself. This species breeds like rabbits, and they were spawning faster than their offspring were growing out. Yes, I could have put a divider in the tank to separate them, but they tend to get vicious when they’re together and defending eggs or wrigglers. When they’re completely separated from their offspring and have nothing to defend, they’re less vicious. Brood care for these species is all about defense. Since there aren’t any other fish in either of these two tanks to defend their eggs/wriggers from, neither adult provides any care.

The top tank on the left is a quarantine/sick tank. Right now it’s housing a single Pseudotropheus elongatus ‘Chailosi’ female. She seems to have picked up what I think is a parasite of some sort, so I moved her out of the 55g she shared with some yellow labs and a male Labidochromis sp. ‘Red top Hongi’. She appears to be on the mend after treatment, but time will tell. This tank is being filtered with a Sicce Whale 120 canister filter that sits behind the 20g below it.

The two tanks holding the male and female Telmats are each being filtered with a Millenium 1000 HOB. These aren’t made anymore but are workhorses, very similar to AquaClears.

The bottom of the right-side stand is empty but will eventually hold either another 20g long or a couple of 10g. I need a place to put a pure quarantine tank or two.

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