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Description of the aquarium:
Category:
Lake Malawi
Tank size:
170x65x55 = 608 liters ~ 160 gallons (us)
Specific features:
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Cabinet:

An aquarium stand made ​​of aluminum, with groove for insertion of 16mm Scheer walls with four departments of Marine Systems . The profiles were tailored specifically including the fermentation sections. Are connected with the profiles plastic connectors with steel core. From the hardware store, the Scheer walls (laminated chipboard) in the color white come. The aluminum frame is on a 21mm thick screen printing plate, to protect the floor and for better pressure distribution. Another screen printing plate is located on the frame with a foam rubber pad on which the aquarium is.
Total Weight: 72kg

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Aquarium:

It was of aquariums Kontor built aus12mm float glass on special sizes. The bonding was performed using a tested aquarium silicone butt with a safety seam. This aquarium has been provided with two longitudinal struts and a bridge and the edges with fine sanding. A 10-year tightness warranty completes this quality work.
Empty weight Aquarium Mounted Filter: approx 110kg

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Aqauarienabdeckung:

The cover is a customization of Stone Age design . As a material of silver anodized aluminum for the frame and the center bar was used. The 16 covers the aquarium cover are made of high-quality black ABS plastic.
Two aluminum angle I took care of as part of the lighting at the same time support the crossbar. This design allows me that I can place the LED strip to the length and breadth free.
Weight with lighting: max. 5kg

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Aluprofile
Steckverbinder
Aquariengestellboden
Siebdruckplatte gesichert gegen verrutschen
Aquariengestell
Aquariengestell
Aquariengestell
Aquariengestell
Aquariengestell
Aquarienabdeckung aus Aluminum
Aquarienabdeckung mit Led-Leiste
Das Becken wurde gerade am Schrank platziert
Becken mit Rückwandfilter
Seitenansicht
Silikonierte Seitenscheibe
Aquarium decoration:
Gravel:
9kg Zanzibar black
Natural colored silica sand 19kg
4kg aquarium sand white

Out of these three types of sand the ground was mixed with a grain size of 0,2-1mm.

A fine sand grain size is very important for Malawi cichlids, since it corresponds to the natural needs of the fish. However, the sand should not be too light, because the light is usually very strong and reflected the fish be stressed and shy. The Chichlidae dig very happy in the sand and push it through the gills. Some species dig craters and attract their females during courtship inside.

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Ansicht linke Beckenseite
Fels in der Mitte
Ansicht rechte Beckenseite
Schatten
Die Mittagssonne
Licht und Schattenzonen
Morgen und Abendrot
Tageslicht zu Mittag
Mondlicht
Becken links 02.11.2014
Becken mittig 02.11.2014
Becken rechts 02.11.2014
Kunstfels mit Bewuchs 02.11.2014
Beckenmitte 02.11.2014
Stein mit Bewuchs 02.11.2014
Panorama schräg 02.11.2014
Panorama 02.11.2014
Seitenansicht 02.11.2014
Seitenansicht von vorne 02.11.2014
Seitenansicht mittig 02.11.2014
Seitenansicht hinten 02.11.2014
Panorama April 2017
Panorama April 2017
Panorama April 2017
Special features of the facility:
3D back wall:

From aquariums Bauer me a rock Zolid 3D was installed backplane design Komodo. These rear walls are made of high quality with very nice 3D effects.
The silicone seams were suitably coated to the back wall with gravel. In the area of ​​the rear wall, the right side of the head of the basin was covered with black silicone not to see behind the rear panel.

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Art boulders:

3x boulder K1 each 50x27x15 cm approx 0.5kg in gray

These rocks are from Stone Age design as a multi-component polyurethane material was used. They are wet fully Coming chemically neutral and non-fading. The boulders swim why should they complain or stick well. For this reason I've stuck to the bottom of the aquarium with an underwater special glue. This property an extremely strong adhesive strength and remains flexible after curing. There are no solvents, isocyanates and silicone available in this adhesive.

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I tried to make a transition zone with narrow strip of sand from these boulders. Each module was rock with two holes provided with a diameter of 68mm. Thus, no fish are cornered and you also get possibly a deceased ward from the module.

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Sandmischung
Felsblock K1
Felsblock K1
Felsblock Hohlraum
Rock Zolid River Stone Q geteilt
Rock Zolid River Stone Q geteilt
Rock Zolid Komodo Farbgebung
Module zur Probe platziert
Aquarienansicht von vorne
Aquarienansicht seitlich
Fels links
Fels in der Mitte
Fels in der Mitte
Fels rechts
Fels rechts
Abend oder Morgenrot ohne Wasser im Becken
Mittagsbeleuchtung ohne Wasser im Becken
Mondlicht ohne Wassser im Becken
Aquarium equipment:
Lighting:
1x LumLight Aqua LED Styl Light RGB with CC (2x cool white) + holder / dimmable / IP68

Length: 675mm + 2x 150mm extendable aluminum rails
Voltage: 12V
Power consumption: 12W
Aperture: 16W
Luminous flux: to 3900 lm

The LumLight LEDs are standardized according to the DIN EN 60529 protection class IP68. That means protection against permanent immersion is given. If a T8 or T5 fluorescent system you're upgrading to this LED lamp is no problem. The mounting hardware required for this is included.

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1x LumLight Aqua LED Light Styl PSU 2.5A / 12V

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1x LumLight daylight simulator programmed with 4 programs.

Program 1:

05: 00-06: 00 Light morning light with dawn
06: 00-07: 00 Sunrise
07: 00-08: 00 slower transition to daylight
08: 00-18: 30 Daylight
18: 30-18: 40 at dusk
18: 40-20: 00 Sunset with Afterglow
20: 00-05: 00 no lighting

Program 2:

05: 00-06: 00 Light morning light with dawn
06: 00-07: 00 Sunrise
07: 00-08: 00 slower transition to daylight
08: 00-11: 30 Daylight
11: 30-12: 00 slower transition to the lunch break
12: 00-14: 00 Lunch Break
14: 00-14: 30 slower transition to daylight
14: 30-18: 30 Daylight
18: 30-18: 40 at dusk
18: 40-20: 00 Sunset with Afterglow
20: 00-05: 00 no lighting

Program 3:

05: 00-06: 00 Light morning light with dawn
06: 00-07: 00 Sunrise
07: 00-08: 00 slower transition to daylight
08: 00-18: 30 Daylight
18: 30-18: 40 at dusk
18: 40-20: 00 Sunset with Afterglow
20: 00-05: 00 moonlight

Program 4:

07: 00-08: 00 Light morning light with dawn
08: 00-09: 00 Sunrise with transition to daylight
09: 00-18: 30 Daylight
18: 30-19: 00 at dusk including sunset with Afterglow
19: 00-07: 00 moonlight

I'm using for my pelvis the program 3, as it corresponds to the natural daylight flow most similar. The operation of the daylight simulator is very simple.

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Filtration:
A rock Zolid filter back wall of aquariums Kontor has been selected as a filter.
For the organic high efficiency filter system of the whole hollow space is utilized behind the rear wall.
It consists of a mud chamber with a filter cartridge as a prefilter for the mechanical cleaning, a bio chamber with filter sponges and a clear chamber.
One advantage of this filter is the long service life and the large filter volume. Every 2-3 weeks must be cleaned only the filter cartridge, which is done in a very short time.
In the bio chamber so little sediment is deposited after months and even years that a wash of filter media is unnecessary.

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Courtesy of aquariums Kontor by Mr Stenzel was approved me that I must use to EB the image on the operation of the filter system here.

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Feed pump:

Eheim Compact + 2000

Pump capacity: 2000 l / h
Head: approx 2.3m
Power consumption: 35W

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Other equipment:
Tunze Nano Stream 6045

Flowline: 1500 to about 4500 l / h
Power consumption: max. 7W
Mounting: Magnetic holder included to 12mm glass thickness used

The flow capacity I put to maximum.

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Heater:

Heater thermostat of EMA Aquatic 300W IP68

In the summer months it is not used.

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LumLight Aqua LED Styl Light RGB mit CC ( 2x cool white )
Led-Leiste Nahaufnahme
Tageslichtsimulator
Tunze Turbelle nanostream 6045
Rückwandfilter
Filtermaterial für die Biokammer
Vorfilterkammer mit Heizstab
Vorfilterpatrone
Funktionsweise des Filtersystems (Copyright Aquarienkontor)
Futtersorten die gefüttert werden
Panorama November 2015
Frostfutter der Leckerbissen
Stocking:
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Aulonocara stuartgranti Ngara: 8M / 16W (NZ)
Synodontis petricola lucipinnis: 3M / 3W (WFNZ)

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Aulonocara stuartgranti Ngara

Habitat:
Transition zone of sand / rock in Lake Malawi at a depth of 5-15m
This Aulonocara is not a cultivated form but a site development in Malawi of Aulonocara stuartgranti.

Size:
Males: 12-14 cm blue / red color
Females: smaller with silver-brown color

Nutrition:
Invertebrates and other small animals in the sand that it discovers with the Aulonocara typical enlarged sensory pores on the head. He lay motionless on the sand and pushes a flash with the mouth to.

Social Behaviour:
Peacefully yet forming area, especially during courtship.

Tank size:
At least 400l with a minimum side length of 140cm

The Aulonocara is a maternal mouth brooders. The female takes care of the spawning after fertilization again and hatch them in his mouth. The eggs are continuously rotated. The incubation period lasts about 3 weeks. The young fish are fully developed when the female dismisses out of the mouth. Depending on the nature of the female Aulonocara and size varies the number of young fish.
Cultivates different Aulonocaraarten together, it is not excluded that they intersect with each other.

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A detailed description of types can be found, for example, under the following link:
Types panel Aulonocara stuartgranti Ngara of Malawi guru

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Synodontis petricola lucipinnis

Habitat:
Rock / sand imTanganjikasee

Size:
Males: 10 cm
Females: less

Diet: Omnivorous

Social Behaviour:
Peacefully yet forming area, especially during courtship.

Tank size:
At least 200l a bigger is better

Synodontis petricola lucipinnis are free spawners. Eggs are also randomly placed in eg crevices or in patches of vegetation in the sand and no longer respected. The offspring is not very easy because spawning is even eaten like after fertilization of the "breeders". That leaves eggs left does not mean that more and develop the juveniles. In different sources on the web I have read of a fungal infection of the eggs, for example due to lack of water quality. I even care this kind of catfish for the first time and can not say.
Should be held this catfish in a group of at least 5 animals. It should be ensured that enough hiding places like caves exist. Where the catfish can retire.

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A detailed description of types can be found, for example, under the following link:
Types panel synodontis petricola lucipinnis of Malawi guru

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Synodontis petricola lucipinnis, Juli 2014
Synodontis petricola lucipinnis, Juli 2014
Synodontis petricola lucipinnis, Juli 2014
Aulonocara stuartgranti Ngara, Juli 2014
Aulonocara stuartgranti Ngara, Juli 2014
Aulonocara stuartgranti Ngara, Juli 2014
Aulonocara stuartgranti Ngara, Juli 2014
Aulonocara stuartgranti Ngara Jungfische, Juli 2014
Aulonocara stuartgranti Ngara, Juli 2014
Aulonocara stuartgranti Ngara, Juli 2014
Oktober 2014
Oktober 2014
Oktober 2014
Oktober 2014
Oktober 2014
Jänner 2015
Jänner 2015
Jänner 2015
Jänner 2015
Jänner 2015
Jänner 2015
Jänner 2015
Jänner 2015
Jänner 2015
Jänner 2015
Jänner 2015
Jänner 2015
Ein Bock aus dem Aulonocara-Kindergartenbecken, Jänner 2015
Ein Bock aus dem Aulonocara-Kindergartenbecken, Jänner 2015
Böcke aus dem Aulonocara-Kindergartenbecken, Jänner 2015
Böcke aus dem Aulonocara-Kindergartenbecken, Jänner 2015
Ein Bock aus dem Aulonocara-Kindergartenbecken, Jänner 2015
Ein Bock aus dem Aulonocara-Kindergartenbecken, Jänner 2015
Water parameters:
Water values ​​in an aquarium:

Temperature: 26 ° C
pH: 8.0
GH: 13dH
KH: 10DH
NO2: <0.3 mg / l
NH3 / NH4: 0mg / l

The test results were based on Tetra drop tests.

Water change every week approximately 50%.
Once every four weeks is dissolved 0.5g salt per liter of water added to the pool.

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Feeding:
Lined is varied, which is eaten within about 2-3 minutes. Three times a week is fasting.

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Dry food:

Söll Organix Super Kelp Pellets
Söll Organix Chichlid pellets
Söll Organix Shrimp Sticks

This food is made with fresh ingredients Hege is as wild salmon, cod, cod, halibut, herring, shrimp, krill and Kelp depending on feed type. Additionally omitted attractants. When switching to this food, it may take a few days to take the fish there. My fish made the transition, not a problem.

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Frozen Food:

White and black mosquito larvae
Krill
Artemia

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Live food:

Is with us not be available in the area. However, there are always young fish in the pools which serve as food.

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Suggestions, tips and criticism are welcome! :-)


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