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Postby Jacinto Salgueiro » Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:57 pm

Hello everybody.

Once you ask for my Mbunas tank, here it is.

It isn't a traditional tank, empty of rocks. It is an open tank with sand and some rocks. I think the fishes feel well.

Date of montage: 01-12-2009

Dimensions: 150*55*65 (cm) or 59*22*25 (inches)
Volume util: 500l or 110 (galons)
Light: 2*36w T8 (1*6500k+1*10000k)
Heather: 300w
Background: Black vinil
Subtract: Sand beach
Hardscape: Black river rocks
Flora: Vallisneria gigantea
Filtration: 2*Rena XP3 External Filter (2*1350l/h)

Fauna:
- Metriaclima sp. "membe deep" F1 (1M+2F)
- Metriaclima sp. "zebra chilumba", Maison Reef F1 (1M+1F)
- Metriaclima sp. "elongatus chewere" F1 (1M+1F)
- Labidochromis caeruleus (3M+2F)
- Labeotropheus trewavasae, Chilumba F2 (1M+2F)
- Cynotilapia sp. "mbamba", Mphanga Rocks F2 (5 juveniles)
- Labidochromis sp. "mbamba", Mbamba bay F1 (1M+1F)
- Ancistrus sp. (2?)

Temperature: 22ºC to 28ºC (Winter to Summer)
Ph: 8.0
Gh: 10
NH3: 10mg/l

Food:
- Tropical Spirulina Granulat
- Tropical Malawi
- NLS Thera-A
- NLS Cichlid Formula

Water changes: 100 liters per week without buffers.


The photos.

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Re: Mbunas beach

Postby daveyboy » Wed Dec 08, 2010 12:04 am

very nice looking set up and aquascaping :text-coolphotos: :handgestures-thumbup:
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Re: Mbunas beach

Postby colinw » Wed Dec 08, 2010 7:30 am

I think vallis looks really good, I am experimenting with this. Sometimes the vallis gets pulled up so I have made a small slits in a butter tubs lid and planted the vallis through it, I then cover the lid with the gravel , so far its working
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Re: Mbunas beach

Postby Mr Cobue » Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:13 am

Like the Vallis too. I used to have it in a trop tank a few years back and the stuff grew like crazy and was forever cutting it back. I like a lot of rock too in a mbuna tank but still, yours looks a very nice set up :handgestures-thumbup: :text-goodpost:
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Re: Mbunas beach

Postby kelly » Wed Dec 08, 2010 10:19 am

:text-coolphotos: Looks well, love the plants. Shows up the colour well :handgestures-thumbup:
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Re: Mbunas beach

Postby Jacinto Salgueiro » Wed Dec 08, 2010 1:30 pm

Thank you all for your comments.

I'm thinking to grow up the rock piles but I want black stones bigger. However I'm afraid that the furniture don't resist at weight.

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Re: Mbunas beach

Postby Mr Cobue » Wed Dec 08, 2010 3:13 pm

Theses tanks can hold an incredible amount of weight. Not sure if you've seen it but there's a YouTube vid of a man stacking rocks right up to the ceiling. Well worth watching
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Re: Mbunas beach

Postby Jacinto Salgueiro » Wed Dec 08, 2010 8:43 pm

Here it is a shot when the plants was in the zenith and the fishes didn't eat them. Later I made a pruning a they begun down.

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Re: Mbunas beach

Postby vicky » Wed Dec 08, 2010 9:28 pm

:text-coolphotos: Very different to the styling i am used to seeing, but looks great :text-bravo:
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Re: Mbunas beach

Postby The Codfather » Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:38 am

The valis is growing well how many WPG do you have on your lighting ?
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