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PostSubject: Rick's 150g Lake Malawi African mbuna cichlid tank   Fri Jul 01, 2011 10:49 pm

Dimensions: 72"x 18"x 28"
Gallons: 150
Filtration: 2 x Rena Filstar XP4
Heating: 2 x 300w Fluval M Series
Lighting: 1 x 96w + 2 x 65w Coralife Auqalight Power Compact Strips with 50/50 bulbs
Substrate: Quikcrete Play Sand capped with Caribsea Sahara Mix Cichlid Sand
Aquascape: Lava rock, red striped sandstone, resin decor, plastic plants
Air Supply: Smooth 80's Soft Rock Musi... err, uh... I mean... 2 x Aqua Culture 20-60 Air Pumps + 2 bubble strips & bubble rock decor
Quarantine Tank: 10 gallons, bare bottom

Stock List:

Mbuna:
4 x Cynotilapia afra (Yellow Top)
1 x Cynotilapia afra (White Top)
2 x Pseudotropheus lombardoi (Kenyi)
2 x Metriaclima pulpican (Kingsizei Jumbo, Mozambique)
2 x Metriaclima Gallireya Red Top (Zebra Long Pelvic)
7 x Labidochromis caeruleus (Yellow Lab)
2 x Metriaclima sp. (Elongatus Chewere)
1 x Metriaclima estherae (Red Zebra, Albino)
1 x Labidochromis sp. (Hongi)
1 x Pseudotropheus acei

Peacocks/Haps:
1 x OB Peacock (Hybrid)
1 x Protomelas taeniolatus (Red Empress)
1 x Aulonocara jacobfreibergi (Yellow Jake)
1 x Aulonocara hansbaenschi (Red Shoulder)
1 x Copadichromis borleyi

Catfish:
1 x Synodontis euruptus (African Featherfin)
3 x Synodontis longistrosis (Petsmart hybrid)
1 x Clown Pleco

Other:
1 x Cyrtacyro moorii (Blue Dolphin)
1 x Hemichromis bimaculatus (Jewel Cichlid)

Pics:

Full Tank Shot:
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In the Canopy:
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In the Stand:
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Various Inhabitants:

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PostSubject: Re: Rick's 150g Lake Malawi African mbuna cichlid tank   Mon Jul 04, 2011 2:34 am

WOW...awsome fish ...nice rocks and aquascaping..and great camera work..maybe you could sling some more pics up.some of these are sexualy dimorphic correct.do you have some labels for us new to the africans as there are a few there i wouldnt mind having but i like to research fishes prior to collecting.
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PostSubject: Re: Rick's 150g Lake Malawi African mbuna cichlid tank   Tue Jul 05, 2011 2:42 pm

Yes, most of them are sexually dimorphic. All of my Peacocks are males, as females are very drab and I don't have plans to breed them at this time. Most of my mbuna are still too young to sex, as juveniles are usually all the same color.

I haven't had a chance to snap any more pics yet, but I've added some labels for you all, so you know what you're looking at.


Cynotilapia Afra Yellow Top (Dogtooth Cichlid)

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Pseudotropheus Lombardoi (Kenyi) Male

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Pseudotropheus Acei

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Metriaclima sp. (Elongatus Chewere)

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Copadichromis borleyi

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Aulonocara hansbaenschi (Red Shoulder)

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Aulonocara jacobfreibergi (Yellow Jake)

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Cyrtacyro moorii (Blue Dolphin)

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Synodontis eupterus (African Featherfin) & Synodontis longistrosis (Petsmart hybrid)

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PostSubject: Re: Rick's 150g Lake Malawi African mbuna cichlid tank   Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:05 pm

thank you...another couple questions...were do you go for species specific specimens..most shops i have seen have a tank with asorted africans..and they are usualy juveniles from unknown locals..and what is in you canopy...LED strip lighting or a custom combo?
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PostSubject: Re: Rick's 150g Lake Malawi African mbuna cichlid tank   Tue Jul 05, 2011 3:23 pm

For cichlids in Eugene, I go to Aqua Serene, Pet Time, or The Nautilus (Springfield).

My favorite shop, and where about half of these came from (and the Rainbows in my 60g), is The Wet Spot in Portland.

The Peacocks (aside from the Petsmart OB) came from a local breeder, who I'm hoping makes his way to these forums once he's back in town. He does a lot of Saltwater as well.

And a few came from people on Craigslist.



Sorry, I forgot to mention it in my specs, but the other light in my canopy is just a blue LED rope light I picked up at Walmart for $15. It accentuates blue hues during the day, and gives the tank a nice glow at night. It's not as nice as actual moonlighting (which I have on other tanks), but for the price it does quite nicely.
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PostSubject: Re: Rick's 150g Lake Malawi African mbuna cichlid tank   Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:24 pm

Beautiful tank! Looking into your cabinet, I saw that you had mounted the air bubblers onto the inside of the cabinet. Nice idea. Does that make the air bubblers quieter?
Your fish are beautiful . . . great photographs. Thanks for sharing.
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PostSubject: Re: Rick's 150g Lake Malawi African mbuna cichlid tank   Thu Jul 07, 2011 4:29 pm

I can't hear the air pumps at all. Hanging them that way is the best way I've found to cut down the noise. Even with the doors open, I've never really noticed any noise from them. It also frees up valuable floor space. Doing that with the power strips as well automatically creates drip loops for all the connected equipment too. I figure the more you can get up and out of the way, the better.

With canister filters and the hanging air pumps, the noisiest thing in my tank is the sound of the air bubbles surfacing!
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PostSubject: Re: Rick's 150g Lake Malawi African mbuna cichlid tank   Fri Jul 08, 2011 12:47 am

i find that if your air pump is pretty noisy you can hang it in one of those square oven mits that have the hand sleeve.its like a muffler.and dont forget your check valve if its below the tank.
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PostSubject: Re: Rick's 150g Lake Malawi African mbuna cichlid tank   Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:11 am

Yep, my check valves are towards the top of the tank in the back. Had to blow through a dozen of the ones I had sitting around to find a few that still worked well though, lol
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PostSubject: Cichlids wanted we should chat   Fri Oct 28, 2011 10:52 pm

I also have cichlid tank.

Call me 541-726-7970 Paul
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