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Mein Malawie
Description of the aquarium:
Lake Malawi
Tank size:
150 x 50 x 60 = 450 liters ~ 118 gallons (us)
Specific features:
a normal standard pool
Back painted black
welded undercarriage with 19mm chipboard and polystyrene as compensation
Aquarium decoration:
50 kg perch fine gravel
pipped Water Goblet
(everything else did not survive over time)
Special features of the facility:
Holestone and Red / greywacke from local quarry
It is currently a temporary facility (find them well so far succeeded)
but it will follow and then designed the basin new nor self-made modules.
Aquarium equipment:
Lightbar T5 2x54W
(currently no specific records lights, but to follow)
z.Zt. Age lightbar from Jewel aquarium with 2x18W

Lighting time of 12:30 pm - 23.00 clock controlled by timer
Moonlight (10ner or 12 LED bar in blue) will follow and then by 22.45Uhr - 0.30Uhr also run on timer.
a HMF P60-3
operated with a HaileaV20 Mempranpumpe

♦ Mobile HMF reactor Details:

* Area filter material approximately 12.5 cm X 24 cm, mobile anchor 15 x 18 cm and larger for larger designs

* Total height of the HMF-reactor 57 cm

* Total filter surface: 3765cm², effective filter area (net): 3200cm²

* Filter foam color blue, 30 PPI, German quality product

* Equipped with 3 high-performance air lifters, bring the respective water supply of more than 700 L / h at an air supply of only about 170-180 L / h

* By controlling the air supply a total filter capacity of approximately 400 L / h to 2,500 l / h can be regulated.

* Each high-performance air lift can be adjusted by controlling the air supply in the reasonable range of approximately 300L / h to about 750L / h

* Can be used with corresponding commercial air pump (about 3 to 10/15 watts depending on the make and version) can be operated extremely well priced

* Total capacity liters / hr. ca 2400

* For aquaria up to 800l

* Biological filtration, long service life

♦ Hailea V20 Details:

* Power consumption: 15 Watt
* Air flow: 1,200 L / h
* Pressure:> 0.020 MPa (0.01 MPa corresponds to 1.0 m water column
* Weight: 2,50 kg
* Dimensions: 230 x 185 x 180 mm
* Very quiet operation, <40db
* Low energy consumption, 15 watts
* Splash-proof
* High pressure build-up
* Blue aluminum case, very compact
* 4-way splitter is included
Other equipment:
Submersible Pump 1500l currently serves as a flow pump
provided with filter sponge ---> simultaneously Quickfilter
1/3 Pseudotropheus elongatus Mpanga
1/3 Pseudotropheus elongatus yellow tail
Perlmut 1/3 Labidochromis
1/3 Labidochromis "Yellow"
1/1 Melanchromis auratus

and still about 10 juveniles where gender does not recognize (see Miscellaneous)

♦♦ ♦♦ Melanchromis auratus
See: Malawi
Family: Cichlids (Cichlidae)
Genus: Melanochromis
Region: West Coast Malawi
Size: 9 - 11 cm
Aquarium size: 250 l
pH: 7,5 - 8.5 ° GH 12 - 30
Temperature: 24 - 26 ° C

The Melanochromis auratus or Turquoise gold cichlid as he is known in Germany often belongs to the family of the Mbuna and can be found in nature in Lake Malawi mostly on the rocky shore zones. Most striking is that the Mänchen and females look very different in color is. While at birth do not have any Turquoise gold cichlid mother's color, the color of Mänchen changed almost invert upon entering puberty. However, females remain until death yellow with two horizontal black stripes, which are framed by thin white stripes. The male changes at puberty his color in a deep black with a white stripe and a light yellow back. This transformation can last 1 to 2 weeks. With several Mänchen it can happen already times that the strong oppressed Mänchen never be all black and wearing the color of the females to the end.

♦♦ Labidochromis "Yellow" ♦♦ Labidochromis sp. perlmut ♦♦
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Origin: East Africa, Malawi, on the west coast between Charo and Chizi Point, on the east coast between Cape Kaiser and Lumbaulo

Size: to 11 cm,
Temperature: 24 - 26 ° C
pH: 7.5 to 8.5
Water Hardness: GH: 3 - 5 KH: 4 - 6 (but can also be kept in harder water)

Labidochromis sp. "Yellow" is one of the predators. In the lake he eats small invertebrates, insect larvae, crustacean and small snails, which he plucks from the nursery. This diet should be noted in the aquarium. Has proved itself prepared frozen foods from raw shrimp, but also fish meat is possible. Various frozen food such as brine shrimp and white mosquito larvae are also very happy to accept.

Labidochromis (coeruleus) comes in the lake in front of different colors, of totalem White (Labidochromis caeruleus) up to a bright yellow (Labidochromis sp. "Yellow") ranges. In the aquarium is most commonly known as the "Yellow" yellow cichlid widespread. The white form is seen very rarely.
Whether it is a color morph of caeruleus Labidochromis or a separate species of this type, is still unclear.

This type is one of the Mbunas (Felsencichliden), which require an appropriate aquarium decor.

The "Yellow" is probably the most popular of all Malawi cichlids. This is probably based on the fact that it looks very attractive on the one hand, on the other hand, unlike other Mbunas is very peaceful and thus intraspecific as is also außerartlich to socialize very variable. Only in distinguishing between the sexes, it takes some practice. In general, the pelvic fins are black with the males, the females, however knows.
Water parameters:
PH 7.8
Kh 6
Gh 8
NO² <0.3 mg / l
Nitrate nm
No4 0
Temp. 25-26 ° C

TWW ca 50% every week
Tetra XLFlakes
Tetra Rubin (all 2-3 weeks once)

Krill, Artemia, Cyclpos (frozen)

Cucumber, pepper, lettuce leaf

1-2 days of Lent in the week (varies from week to week)


Is not fed at a specific time but depending on the "Lust" and "mood" because it's not every day the table will be covered on time in nature.
Further information:
The whole basin is currently redesigned in the coming weeks and months!
(DIY a backplane or Module ---> see my thong Basin)
Furthermore, the frame will be covered (see my 2.Becken).
At stocking is also a little screwed (young fish population is decimated when gender recognition)

Pictures were taken with a Fuji FinePix S1500.