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Old 04-07-2009, 11:58 PM   #1
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75 gallon "Garden Variety" mbuna tank.

I would like to show what I have done with "garden variety" species commonly available at most pet shops locally. I am planning on adding more rocks to increase the amount of real estate for any fry that may come in the future, but for now this is what I started with.

Parameters are as follows:

75 Gallon
pH: 7.8
kH: 150ppm
gH: not tested
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrate: 20ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm

Inhabitants are mostly 1.5" - 2.5" juveniles, hard to sex some thus far but my best guess is:
Metriaclima Lombardoi "Kenyi", 2m 5f
Metriaclima Estherae "Red Zebra", 2m 3f
Labidochromis Caeruleus "Yellow Lab", 3m 6f
Malaysian trumpet snails

Tank has been established for one month. Mature filters were swapped from a previous smaller system requiring no tank cycling and include a Marineland C-360 canister filter with bio-balls, ceramic rings, filter floss and carbon, a Marineland H.O.T. Magnum which now contains crushed coral, and a large DIY air-driven sponge filter which is hooked up to both an electric air pump as well as a battery powered pump which kicks on when the power fails to at least retain some form of filtration when the Florida storms knock out house power (which is sadly quite common). Much of the rock work was transferred from the older tank as well, and will most likely go into the 125 gallon I have planned. Weekly water changes of 30%. Food is mostly spirulina flake and cichlid pellets, once in a while some brine shrimp. I will not retain this stocking level once I see who is who in the pecking order when these fish mature. I do plan on adding some Jungle Val or similar cichlid-suitable pants... even though I enjoy the rocky "true to the Lake" look, I think every aquarium should have some plants!

I have read that Yellow Labs may/can hybridize with the Red Zebras, but so far everybody seems to just be "friendly" (or aggressive!) towards con-specifics...
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Old 04-07-2009, 11:58 PM   #2
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wow... those are some healthy looking fish you got there... good shot on the tank too... keep up the good work
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Thats very nice, fantasic vibrancy.
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Old 04-09-2009, 04:31 PM   #5
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Thanks. This tank is a great deal of fun to watch... I hardly turn the tv on! I am always bored so I redid the hard scape, still searching for plants though.
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good variety you have going.
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That tank looks fantastic! Great job.
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Gorgeous tank! Where do you get the rocks? Are they just rocks you picked up in nature, or from a fish store? I would like to add more rocks to my tank as I'm getting more cichlids in the tank, but not sure whether it's safe to add any rocks I find outside to my tank. I love the diversity of color in the tank!
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I got the rocks from my local landscape supply store. I just give them a good scrubbing w/ a brush, hit them with a little bleach, prime (dechlorinator), rinse and they are good to go, never had a problem yet... They are like a granite, or a basalt type of igneous rock... I was going to pick up some limestone boulders, they look kind of like lace rock but I didn't like the white of them, the browns look better IMO.
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