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Old 08-15-2014, 05:39 PM   #1
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My 150 gal African cichlid tank is finally up

Ok so I finally got some fish in my 150gal African Cichlid tank.

I'm going with Lake Malawai Mbuna.

My next project is building a canopy to hide the lighting.

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Old 08-15-2014, 05:42 PM   #2
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You're going to need more hiding spaces proable. But who knows...


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Mbuna are generally more rock oriented, plastic plants are less useful for Malawi tanks.
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Old 08-17-2014, 01:16 PM   #5
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I agree you need more rock/wood work to make more hiding spots but the tank is up and running that's the main part. Good luck and enjoy. I love my African tank
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I agree with the more rock and wood. That is coming. Just wanted to get it up and running. I will be on the prowl for rock and wood in the forests here in the PNW.


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Personally, I would suggest avoiding the wood. Wood deteriorates in water and that is going to reduce your pH, granted not a lot - but some, and Mbuna prefer a higher pH. Stick with adding more rocks.
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Mopani wood will last for many, many years in an aquarium. It does tend to turn the water brown for a while until most of the tannins soak out, but that doesn't do any harm.
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I think the amount of wood I have now is fine. I'm on the hunt for good large natural rocks in my area not at the LFS


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150G just for Mbuna?!
That's going to be one busy tank there.. 😉


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