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Focused exclusively on African Rift Lake cichlids - II

Stefanos Fluntzis and Nathan Makris

520 liter Malawi cichlid tank

 Owned by Nathan Makris

The tank showed in the photo is in service since November 2002, measures 162 x 50 x 65 (520 liters) and houses Malawi cichlids exclusively. The set up of this tank was made according to the experience we have after setting up 45 more tanks with African cichlids which we keep with Stefanos. Simply we used pre-washed sand (collected from a nearby beach) as a substrate while stones collected by me and Stefanos and corals were used for the decoration. Stones and corals are placed in such a way to create as many caves, holes and escape routes as possible. The reason for that is obvious to everybody who keeps African cichlids. The tank is home to six Pseudotropheus saulosi (1 m / 4f), five Sciaenochromis fryeri (2 m / 3 f), five Nimbochromis venustus juveniles, five Labidochromis caeruleus and one pleco. Water changes (15%) are performed weekly. The pH fluctuates between 8.2 and 8.4 and we have concluded that this must be attributed to the stones collected from the sea, although in his tank the pH is even higher (probably because he has added more stones). Filtration is taken care by an external filter (Rena XP3) while the water is heated by two Rena 200 W heaters. Temperature is monitored by a digital thermometer by Hagen and is stable at 26.5oC. Light is supplied by two Gro Lux 120 cm fluorescent tubes by Sylvania and an air pump adds fresh oxygen in the tank.

A nice compilation by Nathan..

Contrasting colors in a healthy environment

A direct proof that a nice tank will make any corner look better - Nathan's house.

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