Good day everyone,
After a couple of years in the hobby I have finally decided to try out rbp's! I just moved across country so it was a perfect time to start something new!
My current setup is a Fluval profile 1200 aquarium (it's one of those fancy pre drilled aquariums about 90 gallons) I'm running a 406 canister filter filled with the sponges and 4 baskets of marine pur bio media and some floss. I have decided to leave out carbon for now. I also have a "beefy" hydor powerhead keeping the surface agitated and for some water movement of corse. I went for a simple, yet visually pleasing scape, I have some nice pieces of manzanita driftwood, went with the caribsea blue ridge aquarium gravel and some locally sourced rocks (boiled them of corse) and for a background i used frosted privacy film, It almost looked like a dead, haunted theme. I run a fluval aquasky LED light, which i keep rather dim and only keep it on for viewing purposes.
So I have 5 juv rbp's right now they are about 1-1.5inches (don't have red bellies yet), I have had them for less than a week, at first they were very stressed however the last few days they have been great, swimming very actively, using the full tank, for feeding I use frozen haddock fillets, I cut a piece each day and just toss it in, within seconds they start ripping into it, very awesome to watch! this method of feeding was recomonded by my local fish store which by the way I'm on the east coast of Canada (Halifax area) and shop at 1fish 2fish!! anyone who follows KING OF DIY will know the store in fact my P's are one of his more recent video, I was there at the store when he shot his latest video there! Anyway great store! They suggested this method of eating to limit any sort of fin nipping and also to keep them on a healthy diet.
My daily maintenance includes a little 15% water change and a dose of seachem prime and stability (since my tank is still "new")
I have actually creeped this forums for information and seems to be some great info and people here! most of my fish keeping experience is with African cichlids, so this is defiantly a whole new experience for me. I know long term 5 in a 90 gallon is too much and will most likely re home 1 when that time comes. but for the meantime they have lots of space to grow!
If anyone has any sort of advice, suggestions or anyway I can make my experience with P's better please don't hesitate to let me know!