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CHINYANKWAZI ISLAND

Postby Dave G » Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:32 pm

This island is occupied by fishermen - we make sure to dive on the non latrine end of the island - especially as I have a habit of drinking pints of lake water while I'm diving, much to everyone's horror! - but the water away from urban centres is generally very clean and despite the hardness is very low in electrolytes and tastes sweet and fresh . Divers get dehydrated in tropical climes and this is a major contributor to DCI (decompression illness) - especially when diving repetitively throughout the week and the nitrogen load in the body builds. Of course when diving in salt or brackish water you have to make sure you drink plenty of fluids beforehand - neither divers nor Malawi Cichlids appreciate drinking salt water!

This is the diving side
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and this is the backside where we don't dive
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Lots of fish to see here but of course, as at every location, there is one fish that stands out. Usually it's a hap or peacock (my favourites) but here there is a very beautiful mbuna here - and this is it. Pseudotrpheus flavus. Choolate and gold!
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The red rocks and green Aufwuchs (algae) look stunnning next to the blues and yellows of the fishes.
not sure what species this melanochromis is but it was gorgeous
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Maylandia zebra
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Melanochromis heterotaenia
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Another Melanochromis I'm unsure of - this was a monster and fast moving - be like having Mike Tyson in your tank!
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er...think this is Copadichromis insularis
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VC10 'mloto' female
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curious zebra - came to say hello
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Re: CHINYANKWAZI ISLAND

Postby Tony » Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:59 pm

Some cracking fish and pic's there Dave :tu: :tu: :text-coolphotos:
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Re: CHINYANKWAZI ISLAND

Postby Dave G » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:03 pm

Thanks Tony

The melanochromis I didn't name are vermivorus and brevis I believe
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Re: CHINYANKWAZI ISLAND

Postby Deak » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:28 pm

wow :tu:
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Re: CHINYANKWAZI ISLAND

Postby Clare » Thu Feb 21, 2013 8:08 am

Stunning photos there Dave. Thanks again for sharing. :tu:
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Re: CHINYANKWAZI ISLAND

Postby adamneilwilson » Thu Feb 21, 2013 1:54 pm

Great photos!

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Re: CHINYANKWAZI ISLAND

Postby damba » Thu Feb 21, 2013 4:20 pm

Great pics there. Looks amazing.

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Re: CHINYANKWAZI ISLAND

Postby Dave G » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:15 pm

Actually the lake water isn't as hard as I said and is imagined! The water in Lake Malawi is alkaline alright - it can vary bewteen 7.5 and 8.8 - but the total water hardness is only 4 - 6 °dGH, while carbonate hardness lies between 6 - 8°

In my opinion this isn't really all that hard at all. It's about the same as tap water for the majority of the UK population - certainly where I am in south Leics. I know that in Birmingham the water is very soft and the pH is barely neutral - but for most people tap water that's been degassed (chlorine removed = easiest with activated charcoal) is pretty near ideal - there's no need to add anything to it at all and this is good news considering the need for all the regular water changes to dilute the soup (to quote Tony) and to replace lost minerals etc.

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Re: CHINYANKWAZI ISLAND

Postby Dave G » Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:16 am

and of course the zebras are C afra
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Re: CHINYANKWAZI ISLAND

Postby samdean1986 » Fri May 24, 2013 9:35 pm

I Love the Flavus :text-coolphotos: :text-coolphotos: :text-coolphotos:
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