Logo Top Aquariums

www.Top-Aquariums.com

Get inspired to create your own beautiful tank(s)
Aquarium Hauptansicht von Mbuna reef
Description of the aquarium:
Category:
Lake Malawi
Tank size:
160 x 70 x 75 = 840 liters ~ 221 gallons (us)
Specific features:
Apart from the base plate, the aquarium consists of 12mm float glass, the base plate is made of safety glass 15mm.
In the bottom plate 5 bores are introduced which are used as follows:

1 hole left in the corner, aspiration tube from the external filter Eheim 3 1200XL

Hole 2 in the middle, outlet pipe from the external filter Eheim 3 1200XL

Bore 3 and 4 in the middle case and overflow pipe for the filter tank (80x40x40)

Hole 5 in the middle, outlet pipe from the pool filter.

In the middle is a black slot is where there are the four central bores.
Aquarium Mbuna reef
Aquarium Mbuna reef
Aquarium Mbuna reef
Aquarium Mbuna reef
Aquarium Mbuna reef
Aquarium Mbuna reef
Aquarium decoration:
Gravel:
As substrate There are 100 kg of natural aquarium gravel with a grain size of 1 - 2 mm in the basin.

The Sand I gave with a new procedure into the pool because my usual method with the gravel in a bucket wash is too strenuous.

On the Method:

You need:
1x small funnel
At least 1x PET bottle (plastic bottle) volume 1 to 2 L (2L coke bottles is my recommendation)
and Unwashed fine aquarium gravel. (with coarser gravel places I have no experience)

method

Step 1: Fill aquarium with water, at least as high as the bottle.

Step 2: The dry aquarium gravel fill with the funnel into the bottle. Bottle to fill 3/4.

Step 3: The filled 3/4 full bottle with the opening upwards place in aquarium, the bottle must now fill with water.

Step 4: If the bottle has been filled with water, you can put the bottle in the water upside down and let the fine gravel leak into the aquarium.

The gravel now flows out of the bottle, thereby creating a water whirlpool in the wrong, in other words, the water flows into the bottle, thereby pulling the fine dust particles of unwashed gravel with.

If the gravel is out, a brown broth remains in the bottle back to you pour just wake.

For me, this method has worked very well, the result is at least as good as the conventional method. Sure you get here not 100% clear water on the first day, but this is my experience with each method, the first day that way.

Just try it out and determine for yourself whether it is better for you or not.
Plants:
The basin is equipped with Cryptocoryne crispatula, Anubias barteri var. Nana and Anubias barteri var. Caladiifolia which I had from an old basin above.
Pflanzen im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Pflanzen im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Pflanzen im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Special features of the facility:
In the basin there are about 150 to 200kg basalt rock which I designed as a falling rock zone. 3/4 of the basin are thus rock zone and 1/4 freer or plant zone to juvenile fish and non-territorial females to provide enough room for swimming.

The basalt rock I gestafflt to 30 mm thick Styrodur to conserve the base plate and to prevent it from falling by undermining.
Dekoration im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Steinaufbau vergrößert
Aquarium equipment:
Lighting:
In use is with me a 80cm LED RGB strip by the company Lum-Light which is controlled by the daylight simulator.

At 11am in the morning begins the sunrise and around 23 o'clock in the evening the sun goes down for my fish back under.

At night I can optionally run a moonlight on the daylight simulator.
Filtration:
An external filter of the brand Eheim 3 1200XL for aquariums 120-1200 liters and a pump capacity of approximately 1,700.00 liters per hour and a filter tank with dimensions of 80cm x 40cm x 40cm (LxWxH) are in use at.
Other equipment:
In pool two AquaClear Power Head 70 attached, which provide with quick filter cartridges for clear water.
Both pumps have a capacity of about 1500 l / h and run all day.

Two circulation pumps of the brand Eheim StreaMon 4000 with an output of 4000 l / h run every two hours for an hour and vertebrae pelvis through properly so that something can never deposed.
Außenfilter und Filterbecken
Aquaclear Powerhead 70 mit Patronenfilter
Eheim StreamON 4000
LED RGB Leiste von Lumlight
Stocking:
I decided in this pool for small permanent Mbuna species, since I wanted to not only meet the minimum requirements for the pool size but also surpass.

Currently, the following animals in the basin:

2: 4 Cynotilapia sp. "hara" gallireya reef

1: 5 Cynotilapia Afra "Cobue".

1: 3 Labidochromis caeruleus white Nkhata Bay

2: 3 pseudotropheus saulosi

4: 5 Pseudotropheus elongatus Mpanga

3: 6 Pseudotropheus msobo magunga

8 Pseudotropheus demansoni

3: 8 Labidochromis hongi red top.

except these are still about 20 juveniles of different species in the basin.

L-numbers:

three L200

two L75

two L240


Despite About garnish almost all males of different species have their areas. So far everything seems to be working well and the two Cynotilapia sp. "hara" gallireya reef males seem to be at the top of the hierarchy.
L200 Wels
Cynotilapia sp. `hara` gallireya reef
Pseudotropheus saulosi
Pseudotropheus demansoni
Pseudotropheus elenagatus mpanga
Pseudotropheus msobo `magunga`
Labidochromis hongi red top
 Labidochromis caeruleus white Nkhata Bay
Cynotilapia afra `cobue`
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Besatz im Aquarium Mbuna reef
Water parameters:
The water values ​​I have no precise information, the normal strip tests in my opinion are as reliable as a Chinese Rolex.
Feeding:
These fine varieties get my fish for human consumption:

Tetra Pro Alge, Tetra Pro Colour, JBL NovoPleco feed tablets JBL SPIRULINA 40%, DR. BASS Biofish-FOOD CHLORELLA L, DR. BASS Biofish-FOOD GREEN L, Eheim herbivor CICHLID S, Eheim energy flakes.

Is fed morning and evening every time a different variety, Sundays fasting. Protein rich foods are fed only once a week, so it mainly located in the vegetable varieties in the stomachs of fish.

In addition, fresh spinach and cucumber, if present, uncovered. And for carnivorous catfish's when the light is off mussels.
Further information:
I make every 2 weeks a water change of 3/4 of the pelvic contents.

The two filters are roughly cleaned only once a year because I see them more as Bioklärwerk.