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Meckels Malawi Tank
Description of the aquarium:
Category:
Lake Malawi
Tank size:
121/55/41 = 240 liters ~ 63 gallons (us)
Specific features:
Juwel Aquarium Rio 240 with cabinet
Rear walls complete with small basalt stones glued (Special aquarium glue)
the stones for which I have knocked out a large slab of basalt.
Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
So war es ganz zum Anfang.
Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Aquarium decoration:
Gravel:
20 kg quartz sand with a grain size aquarium beige 0.1 to 0.4 mm
7.5kg special aquarium coral with a grain size from 0.5 to 1 mm
Coral sand stabilizes the pH value of the aquarium water by increasing the carbonate hardness!
Among the stones is a 3 cm thick Styrodur is to protect board.
Plants:
3 Anubias barteri
2 Anubias lanceolata
1 bunch Jawafarn
1 bunch of Vallisneria asiatica
1 bunch of twisted Vallisneria
Pflanzen im Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Pflanzen im Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Pflanzen im Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Pflanzen im Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Pflanzen im Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Special features of the facility:
From a large approx 80kg heavy basalt slab, large and small stones beaten.
The rest I used for my back wall,
I could find nothing else around here.
Approximately 5-6 days working the stones to beat and round as small.
(because you realize how hard the stone is so)
But that, of course, also has its advantages as I could build such beautiful caves and hiding places,
you can swim from behind from the side also partially.
So I have very little aggression in the basin,
since each of the blocks has its own station.
Aquarium equipment:
Lighting:
2x Jewel High-Lite T5 54 W / 1047 mm tubes
Front: High-Lite® Day where only about 30 cm in the center is free, rest wrapped in aluminum foil.
Rear: High-Lite® Nature was mounted from below where a reflector that the light
only indirectly lit into the pool.
1x Aquarium moonlight LED Strip 100cm (waterproof & dimmable)
Burn times: The illuminated bar from 10:00 - 21:00 clock
The LED bar 08:00 - 11:00 clock and 20:00 - 23:00 clock
controlled by 2 switches
Filtration:
EHEIM Professionel 3 "2075"
for aquaria 240-600 l
Pump capacity approx 1250 l / h
Power consumption 16 Watt
Container volume 9.2 l
Filter volume 6.0 l and 0.5 l prefilter
Filter media: 1x Eheim Substrate pro
1x Eheim Bio Mech
1x Eheim Mech Pro
1x Sera Biopur Forte


1x RESUN SP-2500 quick filter with 2 Biovorfilter
Power consumption 18 Watt
Pump capacity 1400 l / h
Maturities: 11-12Uhr, 14-15Uhr, 16-18Uhr, controlled by timer
Other equipment:
EHEIM JAGER Precision aquarium adjustable heater 3618
for aquariums up to about 400-600 liters
Power 250 Watt
Eheim Professionel 3  2075
Resun SP 2500
Technik im Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Vordere Röhre
Hintere Röhre
Technik im Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Resun SP 2500 + 2 Filterpatronen
Technik im Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Technik im Aquarium Meckel´s Malawi Tank
Stocking:
1M / 4W Pseudotropheus "Callainos"
1M / 4W Labidochromis "Hongi"
1M / 4W Labidochromis "Yellow"
Labidochromis `Hongi` Bock
Pseudotropheus `Callainos`  Bock
Labidochromis `Yellow`
Water parameters:
Temperature: 25 ° C
PH: 8
KH: 10
GH: 13
Fe: 0
Cu: 0
PO4: 0
NO2: 0
NO3: <0.5
NH3: 0
NH4: 0

measured by Sera Aqua-Test Box 1x every 1-2 weeks

Water change every week 50%
Feeding:
JBL Novo Malawi 2x Daily
Crude protein 36%
Crude fat 5%
Crude fiber 1.8%
Crude ash 8


Söll Organix Super Kelp Flakes "green fodder with handgeerntetem Kelp" Daily 1x
Crude protein 35%
Crude fat 18%
Crude fiber 1%
Crude ash 8%

JBL Novo Rift
Crude protein 31%
Crude fat 3%
Crude fiber 5.5%
Crude ash 11%


Every 2 weeks some fresh vegetables
Further information:
The filter was a 4 weeks. In that time I have always played some food into the pool and every other day water tests done to see
When the nitrite peak is there, then move some of the water. This process I have repeated twice. After 4 weeks I had constant water values. Finally my first fish were able to move into the pelvis.

The most important water values ​​(pH, KH, GH, NO2, NO3, NH3, NH4) and performed water changes, I jot down in a notebook so that I keep track.

The photos are from my iphone 4, therefore not so good in quality. ;)