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Old 11-10-2010
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Hello Everyone, been reading for a while but this is my first post. I currently have a 150 gallon frontosa tank with a 30 gallon sump and I want to convert it too a Tropheus tank and have a few questions. here's a list of what I have just wanted some suggestion on the best way to change the tank over..

black sand.
black background ( now I'd hate to change that because I'd have to empty the tank so will it be ok)
River rocks with lots of cave.
3-- 28 watt lights. I want to change them because I've been battling brown algae for a while I think becuase the lights are such low wattage because the Fronts like little to no lighting at all.

the water chemistry should be the same and I also have a whole bunch of coral skeltons to buffer my water in the sump.
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I don't see any problems with the set up you have now. I personally have natural sand substrate and a light blue background or no background in my tanks, but it's just a personall preference. Which varient were you thinking about?
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Hello Noddy thanks, I'm probably going to go with Illangi and I do want to change my lights beacuse of the brown algae I've been battling.. also how many can put in a 150

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I don't see any problems with the set up you have now. I personally have natural sand substrate and a light blue background or no background in my tanks, but it's just a personall preference. Which varient were you thinking about?[/b]
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It would depend on the footprint of the tank, and the size of the Trophs really. I have around 36 Ilangi in a 5' 120g tank. They are around 3 1/2 - 4", have grown up since fry and they are f1's. The only issue I have with them is trying to keep the nitrates down. If your tank is a 6 footer, then I would say you could easily house as many Trophs and have less issues with nitrates than I do as you have around 180g of water to dilute them. I am doing weekly 100g water changes in my 120g tanks and that keeps the nitrates at around 20 - 30 ppm.
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Great tank, I wouldn't need to change much. Do get your self a wavemaker for trophs and enjoy..
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It's a 6 foot tank, Thanks this is the tank a while ago and also with the fronts, I just want to change the lighting because it's a little too dark



This is a little more recent the layouts the same just didn't have a recent full shot.




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Great tank, I wouldn't need to change much. Do get your self a wavemaker for trophs and enjoy..[/b]
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Beautiful Fronts! I had black sand and black background on my tank and added some F-1 Troph. Moori Red Rainbow Kasanga juvi's. I found that their colors were hard to see in the all Black Tank... So I changed my substrate to Pool Filter Sand and have really enjoyed it... But that's just my opinion.

Good luck with the Trophs and keep up the water changes weekly!



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Beautiful Fronts! I had black sand and black background on my tank and added some F-1 Troph. Moori Red Rainbow Kasanga juvi's. I found that their colors were hard to see in the all Black Tank... So I changed my substrate to Pool Filter Sand and have really enjoyed it... But that's just my opinion.

Good luck with the Trophs and keep up the water changes weekly![/b]
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The black substrate will make the colors on the Illangi darken quite a bit . I would definitely switch the substrate over to a lighter color .
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Thanks for the compliments and suggestion, I will probably try the pool filter sand just too lighten things up a bit and are there any suggestions for lighting I was thinking of going with 2 36" HO T5's would that be good? I've been battling brown algae for a whileand I think it has to do with the lighting. Now with the Trophs if I were to get all F1's from the same breeder do you have to get rid of the males and bring in males from a different breeder. I'm not loking to breed but I know it just happens.
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I too have problems with brown algae. great tank and fish. I was also into fronts for a while until i met Mr. Tropheus. I love their personalities. Then from trophs i've moved to petros and i don't regret it.
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