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Description of the aquarium:
Lake Malawi
Tank size:
150x60x70 = 630 liters ~ 166 gallons (us)
Specific features:
This EB is currently under construction, more pictures will follow the next day! Once I think to be finished also the name will change. The spelling mistakes are corrected continuously)

- Mixed men's pool
- Nitrate Filter
- DIY lights

The basin and the cabinet are of ATD Friedberg and were made according to my wishes. The quality is very good overall, just the fact that to me a lot of packaging waste (eg filters, lighting, etc. which were NOT of my pelvis) was sent, I found not so great ...

The pelvis is made of float glass, has a thickness of 12mm, is stoßverklebt and also still bulge-glued (safety stitch).

The cabinet has been implemented according to my wishes decor by a carpenter crafted. The doors are painted white in glossy and the rest is kept completely matt black.
Das Becken 1.0
Meine Wohnzimmer Pfütze v2.0
Aquarium decoration:
The ground form 35kg Aquacolor Sand of quartz euros in black. It was a grain size of 0.4 - 0.8 mm elected to the bass to make the dabbling or the gills cleaning as pleasant as possible.

Under the pool is a JBL insulating or To avoid under the sand a plexiglass plate to tension and glass breakage and scratches.

From the outside to the rear glass wall 30mm Styrofoam attached to the insulation in order to save some power for heating.
The insulated area equivalent to approximately 33%
(See: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aquarium#Energieverluste).
1x Anubia Nana

1x "plastic Something"

The plants are changed something on occasion.
Nevertheless, there are no more than 2 or 3 be - I wanted to avoid the hassle of gardeners to a Malawi basin ...

I think I'll then 2 mother plants Anubias and a Riesenvallisnerie use. But let's see, also villeicht nothing.
Special features of the facility:
In the basin 100kg black Alpine quartz are introduced.
It was so arranged that there are some caves and the largest possible view of protection is achieved by inferior animals to provide a quiet retreat. The basin will later meet a section from the end of the transition zone (http://www.malawi-guru.de/malawisee/fels-sand-uebergangs-freiwasser-ufernahe-uferferne/75-die-uebergangszone-sand-fels.html). So much swimming area, to dig sand and stones and a few caves.

A 3D back wall in black stone look with a relief depth of max. 8cm and a thickness of 2 mm was installed. This has been shared with a Flex I would have otherwise not get into the pool. I tried the best possible interface to hide but have a gap left open so inferior animals have an additional retreat behind.

The front or the lighting is covered with UV protection film to the algae that grow to make even more difficult. This is necessary because the pool is under a window in a sloping ceiling and bright floor to strongly reflects light.
Aquarium equipment:
Is Illuminated Monday to Friday between 13:00 to 11:00 p.m. and at the weekend 9:00 to 23:00. So I am already what of my fish.

The lighting is a self-made of two 10 Watt LED floodlights with 6500K. This I shot cheaply from the bay. The floodlights are exposed to two plexiglass plates which in turn rest on the glass fuse webs. As a result, I am what the orientation of the light goes on, very flexible.

The light cone of the floodlight has a diameter of about 50cm and thus creates at the lateral and rear edges of the basin dark shadow zones that are almost not illuminated.

To my surprise, the light is good and reflects the colors of the fish, especially the blue, very good. Even the cone effect, and the play of light through the refraction of light through the surface movement in the aquarium is totally cool and creates depth and atmosphere!

Now it is only on the durability of my design.
The floodlights were supplemented by a DIY water cooling.
This was implemented by means of a T-piece at the outlet of my great filter and a 4/6 air hose wrapped around the cooling fins of the floodlights. On the one hand I use so the waste heat to the basin economical to heat and on the other hand I increase the durability by cooling.

Actually a Econlux Solar Stinger Coral Plant is planned ... This I test to decide then which one is better for me.

An RGB LED Stripe for a sunrise and -untergangsfunktion is ready and will eventually operated by the controller. Currently, he is permanently in blue lights on.
Main filter:

Jebao 304 (similar to external filter EHEIM professionel 3-2075):

Aquarium size up: 1000l (allegedly)
Pump capacity: 1200L / h
Delivery head / m Ws: 180 cm
Filter volume: 15,5l
Number of individual baskets: 4
Power consumption: 28W (actually nur23W)
Dimensions 45/23 / 23. Amount, width, depth

Equipped with 4x filter mats -
1x rough for the first filter stage
2x medium for the second filter stage
1x fine for the last filter stage

At the outlet a Eheim venturi is attached the air permanently introduced into the water. Thus, the pH is raised and enriched the water with oxygen.

I am satisfied with the filter so far. The performance is okay, the cleaning intervals and the soundscape are all ok. The power consumption is even among the details. I have tested with 2 different measuring instruments and measured at both values ​​to the 21bis 23 watts. When you consider that you get the new filter for less than 1/3 the price of a similar Eheim filter I find already that he is a bargain. For longevity and was told that I have to filter for over a year and both today's top!

The only criticism is that of the filter when it is new from the packaging comes everywhere with lubricant is full. This one has to clean because otherwise you get an oil film on the water surface first !!! However, for a bit of grooming to save € 100 + I find acceptable.

Secondary filter:

Eheim 2215

Aquarium size up: 350l
Pump capacity: 600 l / h
Delivery head / m Ws: 180 cm
Filter volume: 4L
Number of individual baskets: 1
Power: 8W
Dimensions 41/29/21 the height, width, depth

It is fully stocked with very fine filter mats

The filter works as a pump and prefilter for nitrate filter.

Because of the low flow, I could almost imagine that this works as anaerobic filters ... Whereby I not lean too far out of the window because I want it have no idea ;-)
A comment about I would be happy!
Other equipment:
It is a nitrate filter installed which is equipped with 5L Bayer Lewatit MP600. This is driven by a separate inlet and outlet of the secondary filter Eheim 2215. The flow rate of the filter is the filter material and is additionally throttled about 60l / h. Thus, an optimal work environment for the resin is created. The MP600 stabilizes the pH value also at about 8. To simplify the cleaning of nitrate filter and the pump with quick disconnect couplings of Eheim are fully degradable individually. The nitrate filter is regenerated and cleaned every 4 weeks with saline. Theoretically, he could have a useful life of 6-8 weeks before it is full, but by the shorter intervals I lean against premature clogging by sludge.

In addition, in the basin two Sicce Nano 2 with 2000l / h are mounted. This will help to get close to the Aquarium of the natural flow in Lake Malawi and prevent Mulmansammlungen. A is directed against the surface to bring additionally by the surface movement of oxygen into the water. The other on the suction of the filter. In addition, the play of light / refractions are very nice to look at the pool. Soon a Sicce Nano 2 is replaced with a Sicce Xstream with 5000 l / h. A commercial Heizsstab of hunters with 300 watts is coupled to the light. Thus, a small reduction of the temperature is achieved overnight.
Current Type:

1/4 - Labidochromis caeruleus yellow DNZ (? Th Generation)
1/4 - Labidochromis Nkali F2

(The caeruleus & nkali are lt. The breeders with whom I get them identical except for the spread. If anyone knows the exact location of nkali's I would be glad about a comment and this would complement each other.)

Distribution: Malawi, on the north coast in the range of Lion's Cove and the northern adjacent coasts.

Size: Males are 9cm tall 11cm and females.

Nutrition: Labidochromis is a nursery-eater, which feeds on small animals that he pecks of stones.

Spawning behavior: Labidochromis is a mouthbrooders in females. Due to the natural hybridization no risk animals be issued! My stocking is always happy to live food - fast at the latest after a few days the pool is back in "Urzusand" ...

Note: The imported in the 1980s years cichlid can be well kept in small aquariums because of its relatively small size. Its tranquility and beautiful through coloring make him one of the most popular cichlids in the aquarium

Biotop: Rocky subsoil at depths of 15-30 m

Source: barschkeller.de

1/0 - Placidochromis phenochillus mdoka White Lips DNZ (2nd Generation)

Distribution: north of the estuary of the Ruhuhu on the northeastern shore of Tanzania.

Size: The Placidochromis phenochilus mdoka males are 15cm tall 17cm and females.

Nutrition: Placidochromis is a small animal eaters, which receives its nourishment from the uppermost sediments or sand layers.

Spawning behavior: This is not site-faithful cichlid draws in search of food always around. Placidochromis phenochilus mdoka is a mouthbrooders in females.

Remark: Placidochromis phenochilus mdoka is a very coveted cichlid, but which is rarely imported because of its strong blue coloration and relatively calm way. Characteristic are his white lips, which are more pronounced with increasing age. The females have the same coloring as the males.

Habitat: found over sandy surfaces below 10 m and partially above the sandy substrate in the transition zone.

Source: barschkeller.de

The white Lipps will sometime soon be discharged because he lt. Of the statement of some known to be too large (+ 20cm).

Planned stocking (Order on 12/24/14):


It is a mixed "men's pool"!

Mixed is, in my case, my two sets Labidochromis 2/8 because of the social and brood care behavior,

the rest are corresponding blocks that fit 8/0 of the food, the aggresion and the demands on the environment here together (because of the colors and my girlfriend wants to have these same ;-)). I understand what I mean by a "men's pool "and the overstocking do, please use the comment function not only to me to point it again. Proposals and suggestions whether the species as I have before, however, the match I would be very grateful!

3/0 Aulonocara stuartgranti Ngara DNZ - (Sand Zone / Carnivor)
3/0 Copadichromis Azureus Mbenji DNZ - (transition zone / Carnivor)
1/0 Copadichromis trewavasae lupingo DNZ - (transition zone / Carnivor)
1/0 Sciaenochromis fryeri (Ahli) Iceberg F1 - (Anywhere / Carnivor)
Source: barschkeller.de
Water parameters:
All relevant values ​​were determined by droplet tests of Sera.
Periodically rechecked.

The pH is 7.7 to 8.2

The GH is 18

The KH is 7

The nitrate value settles down after the water changes between 0 and 5mg / l one (although the tap water 30mg / l has since actively operated in our close Agriculture).

Nitrite is not detectable (and even if it were the nitrate filter binding).

In very irregular intervals is sea salt, added up to a maximum concentration of 0.5 grams per liter, while the TWW so.

The conductance is jeh after adding salt or TWW interval between 300 ms (from our line) and 25.000ms.

The temperature is at 23 ° day, at night it drops to ~ 2 °

Each week he conducted water change with colder tap water, a 30%.
Are 2-3 times daily sparingly Tropical Malawi and Tropical Spirulina Flakes given.

1 times a week, there are fresh shrimp or Artemia FD on different days.

Otherwise, there are all vegetable waste from the kitchen, the taste of little ...

1-2 times a week is called for fasting on different days.
Further information:
In the basin, a water level detector is installed and on the ground or in the cabinet are additional water detector fitted.

In addition, an electricity meter and 3 radio switch (light, circulation pump, all) are installed.

2do list

- Back wall in black rock optics [x]
- DIY Lighting 2.0 + dimmer
- Floodlights DIY water cooling [x]
- RGB sunrise and sunset
- RGB moonlight / auxiliary light blue [x]
- New stones + Umdekoration [x]
- Exchange of Tunze flow pump in 2 times a Sicce Nano 2 [x]
- Exchange of Sicce Nano 2 by a Sicce X-Stream with 5000l / h
- Adjustment of ground elements by mixing sand
- Insulation of the rear wall with 30mm polystyrene [x]
- Insulation of the side walls with black polystyrene
- UV protective film for the front
- Stocking extension
(- DIY rear panel [x])
- Etc etc etc ...