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Luanda Reef

Postby Dave G » Sun Dec 30, 2012 6:34 pm

Its been a while since I put up any pics from the lake

Luanda was a shallowish dive in the south of the lake - didn't expect much and at the start of the dive there were some beautiful buy not outstanding mbuna

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Look at the dark substrate of the rocks. Its like a plum slate with an algae covering. Works really well with the bright yellow of the tropheops


Here's an elongatus type tropheops. Never saw any bigger than this - dunno why they're not more popular
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Free swimming were lots of yellow fin borleyi

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but......once I dropped down of the rocks onto the lake floor.......I was approached by one of my very favourite fishes Sciaenochromis fryeri

The first time I'd gotten close to one in the lake......it was one of those moments!
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He stayed with me for about 5 minutes of pure magic. I think thats a female behind him on this second shot
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Then came a real classy looking zebra - in great condition!
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Many people love this mbuna - barlowi
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crabro - notice the sand littered with the shells of small snails (probably eaten). I'm thinking of putting play sand into the new show tank I'm planning (having finally got rid of my daughters old piano). Any comments on play sand?
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chitinde type Aulanocara - not overly popular with aquarists but all peacocks are great awuarium fish!
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Finally - a fairly common Melanochromis in the lake. Who will be first on the forum to correctly identify it?
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Re: Luanda Reef

Postby damba » Mon Dec 31, 2012 7:40 am

Great pictures. :smile:

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Re: Luanda Reef

Postby Clare » Fri Jan 04, 2013 12:25 am

Awesome photos and write up. I love the shape of the wild fryeri.

Playsand, I have had this before, it compacts easily and is very buoyant when it comes to water movement.. takes ages to settle, especially if you have avid sand sifters like moorii or diggers like mbuna.
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Re: Luanda Reef

Postby Dave G » Fri Jan 04, 2013 7:59 am

Thanks Claire - I'll stick to Unipac or similar!

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Re: Luanda Reef

Postby Clare » Mon Jan 07, 2013 12:11 am

Unipac do a very good range which look natural. You can also get the smaller bags and mix to get your own colour if none of their colours suit you. :tu:
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Re: Luanda Reef

Postby H.E68 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:06 am

Great photos! I use blasting sand in all my tanks and it works great. The powerheads pumps 2700 liter/h in my 400 liter tank and the sand stays put. Here is a video from a guy that use the same sand as i do.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sczXGHU3FkQ
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Re: Luanda Reef

Postby H.E68 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:14 am

Here you can see tank shots from my 400 and 250 liter tanks with blasting sand.

http://www.ciklid.org/forum/album.php?a ... ntid=41711

http://www.ciklid.org/forum/album.php?a ... ntid=41712
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Re: Luanda Reef

Postby samdean1986 » Fri May 24, 2013 9:37 pm

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