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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:55 am Post subject: Re: New Malawi Tank Setup Reply with quote

 Looks  great....keep  it  up...  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:39 pm Post subject: Re: New Malawi Tank Setup Reply with quote

 Very  nice  setup!!
 How  big  are  those  dolphins  and  where  did  you  get  it  from?  They  are  the  best  quality  I  have  seen  (except  in  youtube  or  cichlid  forum).
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:49 pm Post subject: Re: New Malawi Tank Setup Reply with quote

 Well,  you  have  a  good  tank  size,  however  with  GT  and  blood  parrots  I  doubt  if  you  can  call  it  a  Lake  Malawi  Tank.  Smile  
 You  might  need  to  think  of  your  fish  combination.  labs  and  other  mbuna's  might  find  it  difficult  with  GT  and  parrots.
 Their  water  requirements  are  on  the  opposite  side  of  hardness.
 Even  amongt  mbuna's  it  is  often  said  that  look  alike  fishes  of  different  sepcies  should  be  avoided  to  prevent  cross  breeding.
 Spread  you  rock  formation  a  bit,  it  looks  more  like  a  lake  Tanganyika  setup  than  a  lake  Malawi.
 A  lake  malawi  setup  will  have  more  rounded  edge  rocks.
 The  crevices  seem  to  be  too  small  for  Malawi's  to  use.
 If  I  were  you  i  would  just  stick  with  Lake  Malawi  species,  the  tank  will  look  truly  astounding  after  a  period  of  time.
 All  in  All,  a  good  effort,  just  resist   Thumb Up   temptation  to  fill  it  with  too  many  fish.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 11:00 pm Post subject: Re: New Malawi Tank Setup Reply with quote

 Thank  you  all  for  the  replies...
 
 @  Hemesh:  Thanks  a  lot....am  planning  to  change  the  rock  formation  actually..it  really  collects  a  lot  of  dirt  and  its  quite  impossible  to  clean....I  suggest  you  go  for  a  undergravel  jet  system  under  the  structure  if  you  do  plan  on  something  like  this,  here  is  a  link  http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/ug_jets.php.
 
 @abhis9:  thank  you  very  much.
 
 @antu:  thanks  a  lot...it  means  a  lot  coming  from  you  since  it  was  your  setup  that  inspired  me  to  go  for  a  cichlid  setup  in  the  first  place...there  are  2  males  and  4  female  dolphins  the  males  are  around  6-7  inches  and  the  females  around  4-5  inches....i  got  them  from  The  Aquarium  Store  in  bangalore.
 
 @  Thank  you  sandeep,  well  I  agree  with  you  that  I  can  no  longer  call  it  a  malawi  tank...my  sister  made  sure  of  that  by  literally  forcing  me  to  put  in  the  GTs  and  parrots..and  am  planning  to  move  out  the  green  terrors....but  the  parrots  are  quite  her  favorite  in  the  tank  at  the  moment...am  planning  to  go  for  a  more  open  setup  very  soon  perhaps  in  the  next  two  weeks  .....will  definitely  change  my  rocks  as  well....as  these  have  very  high  Iron  content  in  them...most  of  the  crevices  are  fine  and  the  smaller  ones  are  used  by  the  mbuna  fry  as  hiding  spots  so  thats  not  really  an  issue  really....
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 9:42 am Post subject: Re: New Malawi Tank Setup Reply with quote

 Check  out  these   articles  for  more  information.
 I  had  used  them  when  i  set  up  my  Malawi  setup.
 http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/introduction_list.php
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 10:14 am Post subject: Re: New Malawi Tank Setup Reply with quote

 nice  setup  vpul.
 in  mu  opinion,you  should  have  placed  the  rocks  in  all  parts  of  the  aquarium,instead  of  just  placing  it  in  a  corner  and  leaving  the  rest  of  the  tank  empty.but  since  you  have  already  placed  the  rocks,i  would  suggest  put  some  more  rocks  on  the  left  and  the  middle  of  the  tank..
 regarding  the  fishes,adding  blood  parrots  and  green  terrors  in  a  malawi  tank  is  not  advisable.
 best  of  luck   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:23 pm Post subject: Re: New Malawi Tank Setup Reply with quote

 That's  a  reasonably  big  tank  mate  -  what  does  your  water  change  plan  look  like?  On  a  side  note  am  looking  for  a  more  convenient  way  to  add  water  rather  than  use  buckets  (tired  shoulders  Sad)  ...  would  be  helpful  to  know.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:40 pm Post subject: Re: New Malawi Tank Setup Reply with quote

 @  Sandeep:  thanks  a  lot  for  the  links....they  truly  are  a  load  of  info....will  definitely  be  of  great  help
 
 @  Hrishi:  Thanks  a  lot.....am  planning  to  change  the  setup  very  soon....hopefully  in  the  next  fortnight...will  be  changing  the  stones  and  would  like  to  add  some  anubias  if  I  can  get  my  hands  on  some.....a  dash  of  green  would  do  wonders  i  figure....and  the  GTS  and  Blood  Parrots  will  be  moving  out  quite  soon.....is  driftwood  ok  in  this  tank????.....my  water  is  quite  hard..not  that  i  have  measured  the  hardness  but  i  do  have  a  white  line  on  my  tank  every  week......calcium??...
 
 @  Justme:  well  water  change  is  quite  easy....I  just  use  two  seperate  lengths  of  garden  hoses  and  one  of  those  siphoning  python  thingies....attach  one  end  of  hose  A  to  the  outlet  of  the  python  and  the  other  end  in  the  flowerpots  and  subsequently  in  the  drain....and  for  filling  I  attach  one  end  of  hose  B  to  the  tap  and  put  the  other  end  in  my  tank  Smile  ......helps  with  a  WIWO  as  well  if  I  ever  require  it....
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:17 pm Post subject: Re: New Malawi Tank Setup Reply with quote

 some  pics  of  my  peacocks....can  i  get  the  correct  names  please....
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:19 pm Post subject: Re: cichlid Tank Setup update Reply with quote

 some  more...help  with  the  IDs  too...
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 Ids  please  someone...i  know  that  one  of  them  is  the  electric  blue......help  me  with  the  other  two  please....
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 28, 2010 6:08 pm Post subject: Re: Mixed cichlid tank setup(updated) Reply with quote

 striped  one  is  vc  10  and  then  others  are  peacocks  last  1  looks  like  eye  bitter  not  sure.  Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 29, 2010 7:56 pm Post subject: Re: New Malawi Tank Setup Reply with quote

                                                   
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Ids  please  someone...i  know  that  one  of  them  is  the  electric  blue......help  me  with  the  other  two  please....                

 
 Are  you  going  to  put  pickle  of  their  IDs   Chuckle  ....man,  there  are  lakhs  of  different  peacocks  including  cross  breeds.....they  are  looking  good..and  thats  enough  to  know  I  think
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:30 am Post subject: Re: Mixed cichlid tank setup(updated) Reply with quote

 looks  great  especially  the  skewed  positioning  of  the  rocks.
   Rock On
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 12:32 am Post subject: Re: Mixed cichlid tank setup(updated) Reply with quote

 Hi,
 
 I  recently  decided  to  rescape  my  tank.  Have  a  lot  of  changes  with  regards  to  the  stocking..the  tank  currently  holds  a  colony  of  yellow  labs,  a  pair  of  socolofis,  a  lone  dolphin,  a  lone  blood  parrot  and  a  mono  angel....am  planning  to  add  a  few  rustys  and  yellow  tail  aceis  in  the  next  few  days...also  some  saulosi  if  i  can  get  them...let  me  know  your  comments  and  suggestions...
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