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  1. Gotta be the Red Cap Lethrinops, Rubin Red, Usisya and VC10"s Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  2. Thankyou and yes it does, very much so Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  3. Hey guys just wanted to share some pics and info on my 8ft Lake Malawi African Cichlid tank. Stocked predominantly with Aulonocara, Placidochromis and Protomelas varieties totaling 70 odd fish. Filtered by 3 x aquaone 2700 nautilus canisters turning the water over 8 times every hour using marinepure, seachem matrix and purigen for media. 2 x wave makers positioned opposite ends with one near the top to create surface agitation to oxiginate the water and the other down the bottom pushing detritus toward filter intakes. Lighting consists of 2 x 4ft Fluval Marine and Sea 2.0 LED's Feed New Life Spectrum and Dainichi Super FX once daily. Change out 50% water weekly. Using aqua-pics GH & KH buffer/conditioners stabilizing PH at 8.0 Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  4. Thankyou for the advice, greatly appreciated and will definately try those avenues... Black tahitian moon sand and majority of holy rock + accessories all supplied by age of aquariums Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  5. Hi folks, just wanted some input to try and determine why my PH has dropped. Here's the scenario... I have a 750 litre African Cichlid tank housing 44 Cichlids which i have slowly stocked over past 6 months. I use black tahitian moon sand for substrate and quite alot if texas holy rock and one small piece of wood with anubias plant.. I regularly check water paramters and with water consistently presenting the following... Ammonia 0, Nitite 0, Nitrate 20 -40, PH 8.0. I do 50% weekly water changes and run 2 x 2700 LPH canister filters, 6000 LPH wave maker and a 1800 LPH internal powerhead. Recently i was curious as to what my hardness was so after purchasing a kit i tested it giving me KH of 107ppm to 120ppm (approx a month ago ) and also tested my tap water and got same reading... so after some research i believe this was a tad low so i added 3kg of coarse crushed coral to my canister filter 7 days ago... Now i noticed last couple of days my fish looking a little washed out however they have retained thier insane apetite and normal activity so today i tested water and found my PH has dropped to 7.4 and hardness KH 89ppm To ad a further anomally to the equation i have recently changed food from Hikari Cichlid Pellets to Dainichi Cichlid ultimate krill pellets I tested tap water with very low KH around 70ppm and PH of 7. (Usually its much higher than this so im suspecting that PH drop may be attributed to this. Last water change was yesterday at 50%). So my aquarium water is higher than whats coming out of the tap so im thinking this is a good thing atleast. One more piece to the puzzle... approx 3 days i added some grape vine wood to provide surface refuge for a fish that was getting picked on but have since seperated fish and removed grape vine wood from tank. So in haste i have now just added recommended dose of API PH up. Would you envisage that given some more time the coarse crushed coral will increase KH and stabilise PH... last thing i want to do is mess around with having to continually ad buffers etc... I've also read that alot of people use bicarb soda & epsom salt at a dose of 1 teaspoon for 19 litres to raise PH and KH... Should I be concerned and any other advice input very much welcomed thankyou... Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  6. Thankyou, am thinking same Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  7. Yeah that suprised me also... meaning the beneficial bacteria is established Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  8. I seeded canister filter with media from my 6 foot, 750 litre established tank as well as aquascaping with rock from same tank... been running for 2 weeks now with one fish and no ammonia or nitrite spike. Tank is 4 foot, 270 litres with 1100 lph canister filter and internal powerhead filter that i put in from established tank. Is it possible that new tank has cycled? Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  9. Yes true... has dimming feature in both day and moonlight modes + throws light down at 120 degrees... Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  10. Been wanting to upgrade my lighting for a while now and finally parted with some coin and picked up a new 4 foot fluval marine and reef 2.0 LED Compared to the old 4 foot t5's fluros the difference it has made to my 6x2x2.5 African Cichlid Display Tank is remarkable... both photos were taken 5 min apart Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  11. Well done... looks incredible Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  12. Why thankyou Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  13. Thanks mate Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
  14. Hi guys my names Dan. I've kept and bred cichlids over 15 years ago and have recently started stocking an african cichlid display tank. Not long upgraded from a 5x2x2 to a 6x2x2.5 with smooth transition after lots of research and learning. Always alot of fun setting up new tanks Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
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