Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Cichlid Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-22-2012, 08:34 AM   #1
member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 470
New tank, new build, new fish!

Hey one and all, I'm hopefully gonna be ordering my new tank next week so will be needing some help pretty soon as this is my first malawi cichlid tank.

So down to the questions,

The tank I'm getting is 405litres (150cm length x 50cm width x 66cm height) and it comes with two aquis advance 1050 external filters, has anybody had any experience with these filters? I'm currently using a fluval 205 external filter on my community tank and it does a brilliant job, would a bigger fluval filter be better than the two I'm getting?

The lighting the tank comes with is 4x54w fluorescent lighting tubes, will these be ok? Should I change the tubes to a certain colour?

And also comes with 2x200w heaters will these do the job? Or would 1 higher wattage heater be better? Don't think I'd like seeing two heaters lol.

Will also need some help with stock when it gets to that stage, I'm doing my own research but still not certain on what species can live happily together.

My tap water ph is 7.4 and I've read cichlids like the ph at about 8, what will be the best way of raising this? Rocks or sand? Or both? I hear holey rock is good for cichlids?

Sorry for all the questions, getting excited about this tank lol. Thanks for any replies ill attach a pic of the tank 2.
__________________

__________________
mrwizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 12:56 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
joel618's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: So. Illinois
Posts: 757
Quote:
Originally Posted by Don-Lino
Hey one and all, I'm hopefully gonna be ordering my new tank next week so will be needing some help pretty soon as this is my first malawi cichlid tank.

So down to the questions,

The tank I'm getting is 405litres (150cm length x 50cm width x 66cm height) and it comes with two aquis advance 1050 external filters, has anybody had any experience with these filters? I'm currently using a fluval 205 external filter on my community tank and it does a brilliant job, would a bigger fluval filter be better than the two I'm getting?

The lighting the tank comes with is 4x54w fluorescent lighting tubes, will these be ok? Should I change the tubes to a certain colour?

And also comes with 2x200w heaters will these do the job? Or would 1 higher wattage heater be better? Don't think I'd like seeing two heaters lol.

Will also need some help with stock when it gets to that stage, I'm doing my own research but still not certain on what species can live happily together.

My tap water ph is 7.4 and I've read cichlids like the ph at about 8, what will be the best way of raising this? Rocks or sand? Or both? I hear holey rock is good for cichlids?

Sorry for all the questions, getting excited about this tank lol. Thanks for any replies ill attach a pic of the tank 2.
You start by waiting more than a couple hours for replies. Lol. Your lighting and heaters should be sufficient. As far as filters go, i have an aquatop cfs500 and cant see myself buying anything else. They are great filters for the money. Holy rock is great for cichlids. Some people use a bag of crushed coral in their canister to help buffer water as well. Personally i have caribsea cichlid sand and plan to add holy rock when i can find a deal on it.

Stocking can be more difficult. Imo pick one of each type. For example i have labedochromis, cynotalapia, metriclima and pseudotropheus. You want fish close to the same size and aggression level. You will want to overtock your tank to reduce aggression. It is also important to establish the proper 1m/3f sex ratio. Also read up on malawi bloat, as nearly every new mbuna person will encounter it. Im sure im leaving things out. If have have more questions ask away.
__________________

__________________
joel618 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 01:00 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
joel618's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: So. Illinois
Posts: 757
Oh yeah, plants. The only plants my mbuna havent destroyed/ torn out pf the sand is anubius.
__________________
joel618 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 01:07 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Jess1ca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 2,661
Quote:
Originally Posted by joel618
Oh yeah, plants. The only plants my mbuna havent destroyed/ torn out pf the sand is anubius.
+1 mine have devoured subwassertang and Taiwan moss, even a newly sprouted onion bulb. The will dig up all bulbs I plant too :/
__________________
Knowledge is power
Jess1ca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 01:10 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
joel618's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: So. Illinois
Posts: 757
For some reason my phone double posted.
__________________
joel618 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 05:34 PM   #6
member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 470
Quote:
Originally Posted by joel618

You start by waiting more than a couple hours for replies. Lol. Your lighting and heaters should be sufficient. As far as filters go, i have an aquatop cfs500 and cant see myself buying anything else. They are great filters for the money. Holy rock is great for cichlids. Some people use a bag of crushed coral in their canister to help buffer water as well. Personally i have caribsea cichlid sand and plan to add holy rock when i can find a deal on it.

Stocking can be more difficult. Imo pick one of each type. For example i have labedochromis, cynotalapia, metriclima and pseudotropheus. You want fish close to the same size and aggression level. You will want to overtock your tank to reduce aggression. It is also important to establish the proper 1m/3f sex ratio. Also read up on malawi bloat, as nearly every new mbuna person will encounter it. Im sure im leaving things out. If have have more questions ask away.
Hahaha sorry I'm a little impatient and excited about this tank.

So the lighting and heaters are good to go, that's
good to know saves me a lot of time waiting for a new filter to be delivered. I'm gonna see if I can hide the heaters somewhere at the back of the tank so there not in view.

Is the aquatop an external filter? I'll have to have a look at them.

Im still undecided on the rock, holey rock is nice but it's finding the right pieces. Can I use slate in the tank? I could make my own caves with that.

What colour is the sand you have? I want to use sand but I want some dark coloured sand, especially if the lighting is bright.
I was gonna go for a black or maybe dark blue background 2, i want to try make the cichlid colours stand out as much as I can.

I'm a big fan of the labidochromis, the reason I'm getting a cichlid tank is for the yellow labs lol, and I like your stock, what species are they?
I've already started reading through 1 article on Malawi bloat, I have a list of whats good and what's bad so far haha will get round to reading the rest before I get any fish, thanks for the heads up though.
__________________
mrwizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 05:36 PM   #7
member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 470
Quote:
Originally Posted by joel618
Oh yeah, plants. The only plants my mbuna havent destroyed/ torn out pf the sand is anubius.
Ok cool will look out for some of them as I do want some plants in the tank, if I can lol
__________________
mrwizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 05:40 PM   #8
member
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Posts: 470
Quote:
Originally Posted by AndrewsPistol

+1 mine have devoured subwassertang and Taiwan moss, even a newly sprouted onion bulb. The will dig up all bulbs I plant too :/
Lol that don't sound like fun, I hardly do any gardening round the house I don't wanna have to do it In my fish tank 2 haha, have you had any luck with any other plants or just the anubias?
__________________
mrwizard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 05:47 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Jess1ca's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Northern Michigan
Posts: 2,661
Quote:
Originally Posted by Don-Lino

Lol that don't sound like fun, I hardly do any gardening round the house I don't wanna have to do it In my fish tank 2 haha, have you had any luck with any other plants or just the anubias?
Just anubius, I do however have ONE surviving onion plant they dig the bulb up every now and then tho!
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	ForumRunner_20120322_174734.jpg
Views:	119
Size:	40.3 KB
ID:	84123  
__________________
Knowledge is power
Jess1ca is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-22-2012, 06:57 PM   #10
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 284
Slate is fine in a tank. I've used it to make serval caves in the past. Depending on the ph of the water in which you will be purchasing you cichlids, you may not need to up you ph in your tank.

Most lfs use regular tap water . And don't do anything About the ph. If you want to up the ph I suggest crushed coral in the filter or as part of your substrate. But it takes a while to rise and become stable.


Look forward to seeing your stocking list?
__________________

__________________
Ukdans1k is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
build, new fish, tan

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Benjamin's 75g Garage Build (FOWLR to Reef) mrbee2828 Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 543 12-27-2013 12:50 PM
Help! All my fish have "ich" what do i do??? SENSEI Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 11 03-27-2012 09:39 AM
new member fishbat Member Introductions 4 03-22-2012 04:17 PM
New Member jones1483 Member Introductions 2 03-22-2012 11:17 AM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:31 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.