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Old 04-18-2012, 09:41 AM   #1
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Cichlid Fridge Tank on "Tanked"

Did anyone watch Tanked (on Animal Planet) last Saturday night? They converted a refrigerator into a Malawi Cichlid tank. It was very clever. I noticed that they had Mbuna (Labs), Haps (EB Ahli), and a variety of Peacocks, among other species. They also had a standard Pleco in there. It was super over-stocked. No substrate at all! How would you like to try to maintain that tank? Imagine trying to get in there to keep the algae off of the decor? I'd like to see that same tank one year from now.

I do love watching that show, though. Especially when they feature Cichlid tanks. I recall in their first season they converted a Keg into a Cichlid tank.
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Old 04-18-2012, 11:19 AM   #2
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They used Caribsea cichlid sand in black and white which buffers the PH, and while the foot print may not be ideal eventually the fish will start to settle in the upper regions of the tank claiming the ugly plastic bottles at their territories.
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What I would like to know is how they can build a tank, fill it, and fully stick it with fish the same day? I would think the tank would need to run empty for weeks before it was cycled and able to sustain fish.
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I saw part of it, but did not see the cichlid tank. How big was the tank?
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What I would like to know is how they can build a tank, fill it, and fully stick it with fish the same day? I would think the tank would need to run empty for weeks before it was cycled and able to sustain fish.
Because when you use "cycled" media in the filters you skip all the waiting time for biological filter to establish, you may see a mini cycle for a couple of days at best. Once you have a cycled tank there is never a reason to perform a fish in or fishless cycle again when using established filter media.
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I saw part of it, but did not see the cichlid tank. How big was the tank?
Go to animal.discovery.com/tv/tanked for a quick video on the two tanks they showed last Saturday.
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Because when you use "cycled" media in the filters you skip all the waiting time for biological filter to establish, you may see a mini cycle for a couple of days at best. Once you have a cycled tank there is never a reason to perform a fish in or fishless cycle again using established filter media.
From what I've heard/seen on other sites, I'm not real sure they do it that way. I've seen some discussions that claim many of those tanks they set-up aren't up and running after a few months, let along after a year. Keep in mind, its a tv show.
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I saw that episode I thought it was a very creative tank but alittle over the top with all the fake food items lol
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So tacky, I hate how fake all their setups look.
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How about that giant tooth brush in the shark tank? Haha
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