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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 8:45 pm Post subject: Malawi Tank @ 31/1/11 Reply with quote

 Hi   Smile  ,
 
 So  heres  a  update  of  Malawi  tank  after  some  massive  changes!
 Details:
 Size:  32"l  x  18"h  x  12"w
 Filter:  Boyu  1000F  
 Decor:  Himalayan  Rocks  which  a  picked  from  a  stream  in  Kashmir(yeah....there  too  I  couldnt  forget  my  fishes   Chuckle  )  
 Substract:  Fine  white  Crystals  
 
 Have  a  look   

 
 
 
 
 
 A  FTS!!
 
 
 All  Suggestions  and  comments  are  welcomed!
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:18 pm Post subject: Re: Malawi Tank @ 31/1/11 Reply with quote

 Hi,
 Neet  set  up  but  make  some  Cave  formations  or  hide  outs
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:29 pm Post subject: Re: Malawi Tank @ 31/1/11 Reply with quote

 Nice  tank....
 
 Water  seems  to  be  bit  cloudy??
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:39 pm Post subject: Re: Malawi Tank @ 31/1/11 Reply with quote

 Hi  Suyash,  great  looking  tank!  The  rocks  look  really  nice  but  you  might  want  to  make  some  cave  formations/small  piles  for  your  fish  to  hide  in   :)
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 31, 2011 11:18 pm Post subject: Re: Malawi Tank @ 31/1/11 Reply with quote

 remove  that  coral.
 what  is  the  white  fish  in  the  extreme  right?
 more  caves  r  not  that  necessary.  
 By  the  way,  u  cant  keep  those  fishes  very  long,  they'll  soon  overgrow  the  tank.  Perhaps  in  5months.  U  can  add  one  more  filter  diagonally  opposite.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 1:59 am Post subject: Re: Malawi Tank @ 31/1/11 Reply with quote

 Thumb Up  nice  tqank  i  also  think  water  is  bit  cloudy
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 10:35 am Post subject: Re: Malawi Tank @ 31/1/11 Reply with quote

 You  need  to  upgrade  to  a  bigger  tank  mate.  And  I  think  you  should  do  it  soon.
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anandflower  wrote  (View  Post):                
Hi,
 Neet  set  up  but  make  some  Cave  formations  or  hide  outs                

 
                                                 
tintin1982  wrote  (View  Post):                

 Hi  Suyash,  great  looking  tank!  The  rocks  look  really  nice  but  you  might  want  to  make  some  cave  formations/small  piles  for  your  fish  to  hide  in   Smile
                 

 Thanks  
 I  read  somewhere  that  cave  formation  are  not  necessary....so  dint  bother  making  them   
 
 
                                                 
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 Nice  tank....
 
 Water  seems  to  be  bit  cloudy??
                 

 
                                                 
rocky2  wrote  (View  Post):                

 Thumb Up  nice  tqank  i  also  think  water  is  bit  cloudy
                 

 Thanks  
 The  water  is  cloudy  because  I  made  some  disturbance  in  the  substact  for  putting  some  rocks
   
 
                                                 
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 remove  that  coral.
 what  is  the  white  fish  in  the  extreme  right?
 more  caves  r  not  that  necessary.  
 By  the  way,  u  cant  keep  those  fishes  very  long,  they'll  soon  overgrow  the  tank.  Perhaps  in  5months.  U  can  add  one  more  filter  diagonally  opposite.
                 

 I  have  kept  the  coral  onlt  to  maintain  the  water  quality...Even  I  want  to  remove  it
 It  is  a  kissing  gourami
 Yes,  the  are  going  in  a  month  and  I  will  get  smaller  fishes
 I  there  any  need  to  add  another  filter...is'nt  1000F  enough?  
 
 
                                                 
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 You  need  to  upgrade  to  a  bigger  tank  mate.  And  I  think  you  should  do  it  soon.
                 

 Thanks  I  will
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:21 pm Post subject: Re: Malawi Tank @ 31/1/11 Reply with quote

 hi...
 
 nice  tank....  
 as  said,  remove  the  coral,  it  looks  odd  in  there..!!!
 
 cheers..!!
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Yes,  the  are  going  in  a  month  and  I  will  get  smaller  fishes                

 
 Do  I  need  to  prepare  for  another  "interview"  before  I  receive  these?  :)
 
 My  advice  is:
 1.  Give  away  the  Mbuna  (the  Albino  fish,  Kenyi  etc)  and  the  Kissing  Gourami  so  that  there  is  more  space  (and  less  bioload)  for  the  Yellow  lab,  Giraffe,  Peacock  and  the  Dolphins  for  a  few  more  months.  (These  are  the  best/premium  fish  in  your  set-up:  Peacock,  Yellow  Lab,  Giraffe,  Dolphins)
 
 2.  Reduce  the  thickness  of  the  layer  of  the  gravel  (white  crystals)  so  that  there  is  more  room  for  the  water  and  fish.  I  think  you  need  to  reduce  that  thickness  to  half  of  it's  current  size.  You  may  think  that  will  reduce  the  "beauty"  of  the  tank,  but  it  is  a  good  compromise  given  the  benefits  to  the  fish.  
 
 3.  Your  Plecos  will  also  need  to  be  given  away  sooner  rather  than  later.
 
   
 Good  luck,
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:04 am Post subject: Re: Malawi Tank @ 31/1/11 Reply with quote

 Hey  Suyash...
 
 Its  a  nice  start...I  agree  with  Sid  partly.
 I  know  how  hard  it  is  to  remove  some  of  your  favorite  fishes,  I  have  been  through  that  phase  of  hobby  myself.
 
 Again  I  am  not  one  of  such  people  who  just  appreciate  rather  than  suggest  what  is  truly  needed.
 
 Its  barely  80-100  liter  tank  which  is  quite  small  for  all  of  the  fishes  except  maybe,  maybe...  peacock  and  yellow  lab,  these  seem  to  be  calm  in  temperament  and  have  a  relatively  smaller  potential  size.
 
 I'll  suggest  you  to  remove  haplochromines(dolphin  and  giraffe)  first  as  they  are  some  of  the  largest  malawi  cichlids  with  a  potential  size  of  upto  10"!  
 Second  all  mbunas  should  go  except  yellow  lab  as  they  are  properly  territorial  and  aggressive.
 
 Instead  get  some  5-6  more  yellow  labs  and  make  it  a  species  tank  for  them.
 
 For  gravel,  use  normal  construction  sand,  just  a  thin  layer  of  it,  the  way  it  enhances  the  colors  of  fish  is  un-deniable  and  resembles  very  closely  to  substrate  found  in  Malawi  waters.(Wash  it  thoroughly  before  use).
 
 Reduce  some  rocks  and  make  room  for  the  fishes.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:12 pm Post subject: Re: Malawi Tank @ 31/1/11 Reply with quote

 Hi  all
 
                                                 
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hi...
 
 nice  tank....  
 as  said,  remove  the  coral,  it  looks  odd  in  there..!!!
 
 cheers..!!                

 Hi
 
 Thank  you  
 I  have  kept  them  only  to  maintain  water  quality....but  will  try  to  hide  it  somewhere   
 
 
                                                 
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 Do  I  need  to  prepare  for  another  "interview"  before  I  receive  these?  :)
 
 My  advice  is:
 1.  Give  away  the  Mbuna  (the  Albino  fish,  Kenyi  etc)  and  the  Kissing  Gourami  so  that  there  is  more  space  (and  less  bioload)  for  the  Yellow  lab,  Giraffe,  Peacock  and  the  Dolphins  for  a  few  more  months.  (These  are  the  best/premium  fish  in  your  set-up:  Peacock,  Yellow  Lab,  Giraffe,  Dolphins)
 
 2.  Reduce  the  thickness  of  the  layer  of  the  gravel  (white  crystals)  so  that  there  is  more  room  for  the  water  and  fish.  I  think  you  need  to  reduce  that  thickness  to  half  of  it's  current  size.  You  may  think  that  will  reduce  the  "beauty"  of  the  tank,  but  it  is  a  good  compromise  given  the  benefits  to  the  fish.  
 
 3.  Your  Plecos  will  also  need  to  be  given  away  sooner  rather  than  later.
                 

 Hi
 
 Ohh.....no  interview  this  time....but  hey  what  did  I  do  first  time  with  GT??
 
 1.  Do  you  think  there  is  lot  of  bioload....?  Alright  once  you  Get  your  upgrade  and  the  substitute  too...you  take  the  Dolphines...Kenyis..etc
 
 2.  Okay,  well,  But  the  Malawis  dig  and  many  at  times  the  decor  fell,  so  I  found  a  solution  i.e.  Remember  I  had  the  big  gravels....I  set  them  up(like  a  foundation)  and  poured  the  sand  over  them  so  that  Beauty  and  Decor  falling,  Both  were  solved        
 
 
                                                 
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 Hey  Suyash...
 
 Its  a  nice  start...I  agree  with  Sid  partly.
 I  know  how  hard  it  is  to  remove  some  of  your  favorite  fishes,  I  have  been  through  that  phase  of  hobby  myself.
 
 Again  I  am  not  one  of  such  people  who  just  appreciate  rather  than  suggest  what  is  truly  needed.
 
 Its  barely  80-100  liter  tank  which  is  quite  small  for  all  of  the  fishes  except  maybe,  maybe...  peacock  and  yellow  lab,  these  seem  to  be  calm  in  temperament  and  have  a  relatively  smaller  potential  size.
 
 I'll  suggest  you  to  remove  haplochromines(dolphin  and  giraffe)  first  as  they  are  some  of  the  largest  malawi  cichlids  with  a  potential  size  of  upto  10"!  
 Second  all  mbunas  should  go  except  yellow  lab  as  they  are  properly  territorial  and  aggressive.
 
 Instead  get  some  5-6  more  yellow  labs  and  make  it  a  species  tank  for  them.
 
 For  gravel,  use  normal  construction  sand,  just  a  thin  layer  of  it,  the  way  it  enhances  the  colors  of  fish  is  un-deniable  and  resembles  very  closely  to  substrate  found  in  Malawi  waters.(Wash  it  thoroughly  before  use).
 
 Reduce  some  rocks  and  make  room  for  the  fishes.
                 

 
 Hi
 
 I  appreciate  that  you  were  frank...thank  you  
 I  am  gonna  remove  the  biggies  and  mbunas  soon  so  thats  no  issue  
 
 Now  gravels/substrate  :
 I  will  get  all  my  tanks  thorwn  out  of  my  house  along  with  me  I  get  some  more  sand   Chuckle  
 I  cannot  replace  the  substrate  by  any  chance...or  maybe  after  my  family  starts  "loving"  the  fishes(become  fish  addict)  like  me   Chuckle      
 
 
 Thank  you  all  for  your  kind  and  informative  replies
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 U  should  first  place  the  rocks  and  other  decors  on  styrofoams.  Then  put  the  substrate  in  the  tank.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 12:50 am Post subject: Re: Malawi Tank @ 31/1/11 Reply with quote

                                                   
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 Do  I  need  to  prepare  for  another  "interview"  before  I  receive  these?  Smile
                 
 but  hey  what  did  I  do  first  time  with  GT??
                 

 
 Someone  commented  earlier  that  you  wouldn't  give  away  your  beloved  Ernie  without  an  Interview..  So,  I  was  just  kidding.  Chuckle  
 
 You  need  to  visit  us  in  Ghatkopar  to  check  out  my  new  "Dwarf  Cichlids"  (Ram  Cichlids)  and  Zebra  Loach  and  Neon  Gourami  tank..  (Cost  per  fish  was  the  lowest  two  digit  number  in  rupees.)
 
 As  going  for  larger  tanks  is  going  to  be  a  problem  for  a  few  years,  check  out  these  fish  in  my  tank  to  see  if  you  would  like  to  keep  them.
 
 Ram  Cichlids  and  a  few  loaches  can  be  housed  in  your  tanks  for  their  entire  lifetime..without  having  to  worry  about  upgrade.
 
 Good  luck,
 Sid
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:39 pm Post subject: Re: Malawi Tank @ 31/1/11 Reply with quote

                                                   
Sidrock  wrote  (View  Post):                

 You  need  to  visit  us  in  Ghatkopar  to  check  out  my  new  "Dwarf  Cichlids"  (Ram  Cichlids)  and  Zebra  Loach  and  Neon  Gourami  tank..  (Cost  per  fish  was  the  lowest  two  digit  number  in  rupees.)
 
 As  going  for  larger  tanks  is  going  to  be  a  problem  for  a  few  years,  check  out  these  fish  in  my  tank  to  see  if  you  would  like  to  keep  them.
 
 Ram  Cichlids  and  a  few  loaches  can  be  housed  in  your  tanks  for  their  entire  lifetime..without  having  to  worry  about  upgrade.
 
 Good  luck,
 Sid                

 Hi
 
 Thanks  for  for  Ideas
 
 But  No....I  dont  want  to  keep  those  small  fish....they  are  no  fun  
 I'm  ready  to  change  the  batch  annually  or  maybe  bi-annually
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