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..tales from the lake..November 2013
Description of the aquarium:
Lake Tanganyika
Tank size:
150x50x35 = 262 liters ~ 69 gallons (us)
Specific features:
Dissolved / sold in January / February 2014

The basin:
Custom-made in dimensions 150x50x35cm, glass thickness 8mm, shock and glued bead made of float glass, 2 longitudinal braces, 1 central bar

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The cabinet:
Built by owner; 150x60x75cm
2 kitchen countertops (40mm each) up and down.
6 Squares (90x90mm) of black locust heartwood and intervening recessed 24mm Betoplanplatten (plywood).
Two doors in the front, with generous storage space and cable glands in the rear panel. Therein a 45l breeding tank will be.
Static and originally built for a 540L tank (150x60x60cm).

The cover:
Built by owner; Scope and conditions for the illumination of 16mm Robinia boards, as cover 2 removable Forex rigid foam panels (10mm), each with 48x73,5cm.

Robinia wood finds its use mainly in the playground and viticulture. The sapwood crafted wood is extremely weather resistant and very durable even under water without treatment by natural or chemical means.

Thermo safety pad between basin and vanity unit.

The right window is covered with black foil and parts of the rear wheel are covered from the outside with black plywood to minimize natural light.

Backplane and modules, see "Other device".

The Beck Scene:
The pool is supposed to represent the shore area of ​​the south-eastern Lake Tanganyika. On the one hand here pull a long scree of the breakline of Felslitorals addition to sand; but there are also sandy, Reed covered areas between the rocks, which are populated by cave brooding species and Sandcichliden. From this section, the basin will tell.
Blick in die Uferzone
Mitte mit künstlichem Schilf
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rechte Seite
Der Neue Schilfgürtel
von oberhalb zur Abenddämmerung
Schilf-Imitat mit Epoxy-Mantel in Filtermatte geklebt
Blick ins Brutrevier der Caudos
Aquarium ..tales from the lake..aufgelöst
Nachfolgende Bilder vom Oktober 13 mit Steinmodul mittig
Übergänge mit Echtgestein
richtig positioniert bleibt das Becken gut zugänglich bei Modulen von oben
Übergang zur Nacht
Sonnenaufgang dimmt hoch
Filterverdeck Modul Teilstück `A`
Aquarium decoration:
To readjust the color and grain of sand soil the documentation videos were: "Tanganyika Travels" and "Jewels of the Rift" very clearly, also in other respects to the life in the lake.

Thus were chosen and mixed:

The ground:

10kg of gravel 0,6-1,4mm Dehner (beige / white)
10kg silica sand 0,3-0,8mm from retailer (gray)
7.5kg sand "Zambia" 0,25-0,8mm of Amtra (white)
5kg grit "Rio Negro" by Amtra 1-2mm (usually black)
5kg sand 0,4-0,8mm black Green Leaf (Black)

1kg gravel "Zambia" by Amtra 7-9mm (beige / white)

Total: 38,5kg
In the basin are approximately 35kg
No living plants were used.

The artificial plants:

Reed imitation of floristry
treated with 3 layers of epoxy E45TM
stuck in the filter mat with AQ Silicone

Here are the images of individual shaping adjustments
Monatssieger im Oktober 2013 mit dieser Gestaltung
..tales from the lake..im November 2013
Special features of the facility:
The rear panel:
Ordered special size 150x35cm.
I have chosen the subject SKIRT II of "Stone Age Art".

The rear panel is glued on the whole and hinterschwimmbar with a structure depth of 3-14cm. The center bar has been sawed, the rest protrudes above the longitudinal struts up 3cm addition. The filtering out she was also shortened. Behind it are a flow pump and the immersion heater, installed so that they can be removed.

The artificial stone modules:
Module A, E, G, U of "Back To Nature"

All modules are hollow and beschwimmbar. In some modules are individually selected stones to structure the interior and to provide safe havens for losing fish or breeding grounds. The modules A, E, and G were incorporated into sections.

The area behind the rear wall can be cleaned / filtered off with suction from the side and partly from above with a hose.

Backplane and modules could be wonderful and precisely machined with a Japanese saw.

The Real-rock:
X field stones (sandstone)
The Real Stones form territorial boundaries and make transitions.
To distinguish and redistribution of districts and concrete hatcheries stones are from time to time on or implemented in response to the stocking behavior.

-Schneckenhäuser Domestic Snail (DNZ)
-Diverse Larger marine snail shells (WF from Sardinia; Wild Fund not -fang)
Schilf-Imitat zwischen Echtgestein
Tanganjika Dekorationsmaterial
kein Stilbruch: Schneckenhäuser aus dem Mittelmeer
Modul A von BTN, hier noch im Ganzen..
Rückwand ROCK II von steinzeit-design
Aquarium equipment:
The LED lighting:
1.20 m LED strip SMD Cool White 120 St. / m (reduced to individual by wrapping with aluminum foil)
1.20m LED SMD Strip RGB 60 St. / m (also reduced with aluminum foil)

Cool White: 120 ° viewing angle, IP68, 8W, 6000-7000K
RGB: 120 ° viewing angle, IP68, 14W

Cool White from 11:00 am-21.00
RGB with sunrises downfall simulating 10.00am-23.00Uhr
Home lighting time from 12.00 pm-20h00

Both as self flexible fabric with finished connecting cable and a 12V each (to 20W) transformer. Both are glued to each an aluminum profile and can be changed locally in the light box / moved.
The cool white stripe runs to get spot lighting scenarios via timer and of individual segments. About four-fifths are darkened with aluminum foil. The RGB stripe on the V7 Controller.

The controller V7:
Here's to all three colors (red / green / blue) a scale of 255 steps possible. 20 settings can cover 24 at time intervals of 2s up to 2h and it is flowing dimmed from one to the next setting. The dimming intervals are also selectable in time sections between 2s and 2h. Thus no preset programs have to be adopted.

The color filter:

4 Refractory color foils for PAR 56 spotlight
119 (dark blue), 139 (dark green), 179 (Chrome Orange), 181 (Congo Blue)
Both the RGB and the cool white stripes are selectively surrounded it.
The filter unit is left in the tank, covered by the portions of the BTN modules.

The filter unit:
2 mobile HMF reactors.
Of one blue filter block cut with 4cm wall thickness all around: One with 30 PPI, the other with PPI 20th
Height 33cm, glued to a basic glass with 15x18cm (thus removable).
Each equipped with 2 air lift with 25mm diameter
In Matt blocks are each 100g "siporax mini" by Sera

The pump:
Hailea V20
Large diaphragm pump 1200l / h (air power) at 15W, low noise under 40db
4-way splitter connected to the 4 airlift.

The side-effect filters:
Hydor Pico with 385l / h at 4W
Pump for UV C system causes the rear HMF reactor simultaneously an additional filtering

Filter calculation in this basin (without "side effect filter") to experience and test series from different sources (approximate):

Filtering surface of the reactors: 2800cm2
Pump capacity of the V20: 1400L / h (water)
Face velocity of Matt blocks: 8cm / min
Gross pelvic circulation per hour: 5.5

Since the UVC pump with 385l / h at that coming and I want to avoid a too high Anstömgeschwindigkeit to maintain the biological function, an air lift of the rear reactor was taken out. This is equipped with foam cartridge behind the rear wall as a single filter / circulation pump operates (about 350l / h).

The entire area around the HMF reactors is beschwimmbar. For side windows and modules have been at least 2 cm distance left to a "fixed eyes" of the mat to prevent and to obtain a flow through the mat.
The filter unit can be separated by inserting a plexiglass from the rest of the basin. So, I hope less "dirt" in the pool, I should have to take out for cleaning.
To Matt blocks around strips were pasted from the remains of stone panels on the base plate in order to avoid that too much sand is drawn to / into the mat.

In this generously dimensioned filtering it is possible for me in case of need to use one of the four airlifts for a 45l breeding tank, which takes place in the cabinet.

The breeding tank can be found under the EB: The Tanganyika Junior High
Other equipment:
The flow pump:
Tunze Nano Stream 6025
2800L / h at 5W
Connected in intervals, a 4.5 hours; OFF 3.5h
/ Positioned top right behind the rear wall through them with magnetic base and flowing toward the filter unit.

The UVC clarifier:
SterilizerUV AS 9W of AQUAEL
equipped with Philips UV PL lamp 9W with 12W consumption
Fully submersible with reflector housing
The pump to:
Hydor Pico 385l / h at 4W

The pump is small enough to be inside the rear HMF reactor. She sucks here filtered water to the UV sanitizer, this is fully immersed in the mounted stone module with output towards basin center.
This UV system a Partial disinfection of about 30-40% is achieved with 24 hour operation.

The heater:
150W of Eheim behind the rear wall.

The timing:
Gembird Silver Shield programmable power strip with surge protection. 4 slots can be programmed from the PC individually, plus 2 slots with "continuous operation".
Großmembranpumpe Hailea V20 und Gembird SilverShield-Leiste links im Unterschrank
HMF Reaktor mit 2 Lufthebern
Technik-Ecke links
Tunze Turbelle Nanostream 6025
Strömungspumpe eingebaut, unten RW Zugang
Aquael UV Sterilizer AS-9W
-Neolamprologus Caudopunctatus 1/1 DNZ

-Callochromis Pleurospilus 1/5 WFNZ


In the pictures you can still see the couple Neolamprologus helianthus which was dominant for the other species in this example. The images remain for a while.

This constellation in this basin:

The group Callochromis pleurospilus be provided free of sand available in this basin, which should be enough to build its sandy nests. Since these are not large crater like other Sandcichliden, the base for it and search for food is sufficient. Hiding there in the modules - and to dig: Sand.
The couple later possibly the group neolamprologus caudopunctatus that are not as strong substrate bound to live like other cave brooding types can accept caves and crevices between the artificial and real stones. In addition to vineyard snail shells (as decoration) are offered as an alternative to caves also large sea snail shells as breeding site. Since the females a close / restrict the cave entrance with sand prefer the pure caves, are given you enough options. Even non-breeding female animals find refuge, for example behind the rear wall.

After much deliberation and Constellation compromises these species are likely to cope with the pelvic dimensions and the device. Of course, I react to disagreements at the expense of individual species and reports about it.
So after 3 months moved from a pair of Neolamprologus helianthus because you (fortunately without injury) completely pushed the other animals of the anterior pelvic area behind the rear panel.

Callochromis pleurospilus is a Sandcichlidenart which is home to endemic in Lake Tanganyika, and is distributed there seeweit. The fish usually live in large groups and swarms in bankside, sandy shallow water areas, but are also to be found in 30 meters depth. Very often you will stay in estuaries, bays in a slow flow. There, the muddy sand is ransacked by slightly under constant mouth by invertebrates and insects.
The males are about 10-12cm, females stay smaller in size 8-10cm. The basic color is a silvery gray, with the adult males of color from the inconspicuous females. Approximately with orange / yellowish hem on the dorsal fin or red dots desedimentation the lateral line organ, as in the variant site in the northern part of the lake: "Burundi". "Maswa red stripe" z. B. towards describes the color of the variation in the east to Tanzania.
Callochromis pleurospilus are maternal mouth brooders. Females run about 18-20 days the mouth brooding. Free swimming fry stay then left to themselves. The nests of males, in which they are attracted by circular floating about the females no large sandy crater like other Sandcichliden, as relatives Callochromis macrops, but rather only hollows and depressions.
The intraspecific aggression of this kind is described by moderate to strong.
They have the ability to dig in danger lying on the side in the sand, so that only looks out one eye.
Other Callochromis species: C. macrops; C.melanostigma; C. stappersii
For the attitude in the aquarium, this results in:
Sand as substrate with sufficient free sand surface. Minimum size 250-300l at 120-150cm edge length. Attitude in a group with 1 male to 3-5 females. Several males are possible only in large aquariums. A socialization depending on pool size possible with eg Synodontis, Xenotilapia, Cyprichromis, Julidochromis. In appropriate rock structures also not robust cave brooding types are possible. It should Frost and live food like white mosquito larvae, Mysis, Cyclops offered and fiber-rich food with Spirulinaanteil, as flakes; Granules in the smallest particle size. Of course, other conditions should be adapted so as water levels of the natural habitat of the Lake Tanganyika.

(Sources: DCG; Africa Fish; Airfish)

Neolamprologus caudopunctatus one of the cave brooding species of cichlids, [...]
Callochromis pleurospilus Männchen
Die ersten `öffentlichen` Annäherungen
Die noch weiter reduzierte Beleuchtung mindert die Scheu
Caudos im Schilf
Callochromis pleurospilus Männchen
Besatz im Aquarium ..tales from the lake..aufgelöst
Elterntiere Neolamprologus caudopunctatus
Der erste Nachwuchs der N.caudopunctatus nach 3 Monaten seit Einzug der Elterntiere
Jungfische aus zwei Gelegen
Sanccichliden im Zwielicht
Callochromis pleurospilus
Callochromis pleurospilus
Neolamprologus caudopunctatus, hier das Männchen
N.caudopunctatus Weibchen
Das PAAR Neolamprologus helianthus, Juni 13, leider ausgezogen
Neolamprologus helianthus, Juni 13, leider ausgezogen
Water parameters:
PH: 8.0
GH: 12
KH: 15
NO2: nn
NO3: 5
NH4: nn

Temperature: 25 ° C

Measured with Tröpchentest from JBL

Water change: weekly 50%

Other adding:
The KH is increased from 12 to 15 with soda 22g / WW (Caution: Beck individually!)
Frozen Food:
Cyclops, white mosquito larvae, Mysis something

Live food:
White mosquito larvae

Dry food:
Tropical "Tanganyika" JBL "Tanganyika" Tropical "Spirulina"

(Rearing food: sera micron)

Time, place, amount, type, different day
A fast day / week as alternately
Further information: