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  1. Gday just looking for recommendations fresh tank 2.5footer (i know its small but until we move thats all we can fit) want to keep one colony atm we are thinking lombardoi any recomendations? we have kids and want the fish to eventually breed so the kids can see Thanks in advance ben
  2. Hey guys, I'm starting a new display tank (5') and wanted to get your opinions. After having a tank with natives I'm moving on to Africans. So my dilemma is whether to go Malawi or Vic. What are your thoughts on the two pros, cons and who best to talk to for stock. Thanks in advance 😊
  3. Hi all, As some of you may know, after 3 years of breeding a variety of Malawi and Tanganyikan cichlids I sold off what remained of my breeder and fry at the end of 2014 as I was finishing my last year of school and moving off to University and college the following year. Now being halfway through 2015 I am studying a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Marine Science, at the University of Queensland and living in a college room that’s around 3m by 4m in size, not ideal for my old 6ft tanks. I have to admit I had more then a few looks over the forum to see what has been going on and what’s getting around. However 6 months was as long as I could last without a tank and sure enough after some searching around on gumtree and identifying some space behind my bed, I’m back. For the last weeks we have been on our mid-year UNI break and during that time I bought a nice 3ft display tank with a nice varnished stand and hood. With some extra time up my sleave, I decided I would make a DIY 3D background for it. I found a Youtube channel called the ‘The King of DIY’ by a guy named Joey living in Canada. He has some awesome videos on all sorts of DIY aquarium projects, including how to make a DIY 3D background, and I would highly suggest a look. So after that I decided that’s what I wanted to do and set out to get my materials and equipment. Materials - 1200mm x 600mm x 50mm sheet of Styrofoam - 10kg bag of cement from bunning - Selleys aquarium and window silicone. Equipment - Silicon gun - Wooden spoon (for mixing cement) - Bucket (to mix cement in) - A variety of sharp knives for carving - Wire foam cutter (or the cheap mans option which I used is a filleting knife or Stanley knife as their sharp and thin so foam doesn’t go everywhere when your cutting) - Large paint brush for general use - Small paint brush for edges and hard to reach places - Cloth (to wipe cement off glass) - Its handy to grow your nails out a bit first to I found because you can scrape and thin out the Styrofoam adding a more natural look and saving time. After I gathered everything up the first thing I did was measure up the inside of my tank and workout how I could most effectively use the foam sheet I bought. It worked out that I had enough foam to do the whole back of the tank and one of the sides; which would both be up against the wall in one of the corners in my room. Since my tank is relatively small and thin I opted to go for Styrofoam that was 50mm thick as I wanted it to bulge out a bit, but not too much as it would take up to much of my tank space. The tank I got has a centre bracing across the top which made things a lot more difficult then they needed to be. This is because without it I could have basically slid the whole thing in one piece but because of the bracing I had to cut 8 individual pieces in order to fit them in and then re-assemble it inside the tank. The reason I needed 8 is because I need 3 sheets for the back wall and 1 for the side wall, then an additional 4 for the base. This is because I wanted the background to gradually taper off into the centre of the tank. I made sure to leave an extra centimetre or so while setting it all out as I would loose some length while cutting the Styrofoam. After I had all my individual pieces cut out I tested all my measurements out by assembling the block in the tank which is crucial to do throughout the process to make sure it all fits perfectly and you can make alterations. After making necessary adjustments I set it all up on my building table and decided to draw a rough outline of the shape I wanted on the wall and making sure it looked like everything looked like one piece. After that I begun carving with a few different knives until I found one I liked most. I found by the end that its important to be aggressive in the amounts you take off at the start otherwise you’ll be spending days carving. I think all up I would’ve spent about 10-12 hours of just carving out my background and making sure the structures matched up on one piece to the next. Sounds like a lot of time but to be honest with some good music going at the same time I found it very enjoyable and relaxing. I do however have a lot of admiration for those who make backgrounds for 6-8ft tanks as I’d hate to think how many ours that would take.
  4. I definitely love the Tangs ...BUT.. no more than I love these guys...Lake Malawi magic And there's plenty more... Just too many great fish worldwide hey
  5. .I'll add to this ablum with what species are in the tank. All females will be removed to make an all male display in the 10x3x2.5ft. I plan to have around 30 species in there ran by a 6x2x2ft sump. Stock List: Aristochromis Christyi (Malawi Hawk) Buccochromis Lepturus Buccochromis Rhoadesii Champsochromis Caeruleus (Malawi Trout) Copadichromis Azureus Copadichromis Borleyi (Red Fin Kadango) Cyrtocara Moorii (Blue Dolphin) Dimidiochromis Compressiceps (Malawi Eye Biter) Dimidiochromis Strigatus Fossorochromis Rostratus (Malawi Sand Diver) Nimbochromis Fuscotaeniatus (Fusco) Nimbochromis Livingstoni Nimbochromis Polystigma Nimbochromis Venustus Placidochromis Gisseli (Gissel) Placidochromis sp. Phenochilus Tanzania (Star Sapphire) Protomelas sp. Steveni Taiwan (Taiwan Reef) Sciaenochromis Fryeri (Electric Blue) Tyrannochromis Nigriventer
  6. hey guys! So today I went out and bought a gh and kh test kit..went home and did the test and as expected my readings were pretty low, my gh was 6 and my kh was 4. So hopefully next week im going to go out and buy the buffer from the store as I don't wanna make my own yet until I get a hang of it all. So my question is do I have to use buckets to do my water changes now or can I use the hose as normal and add the buffer in afterwards. How do u guys do it and how would you recommend I do it, obviously I want to do it the safest way possible, My tank is 300litres. I know this has probably been asked 10,000 times but I wanna get a good understanding of the process. Thanks guys.
  7. Wondering if anyone knows where to buy them laminated Lake Malawi Cichlid Poster like you see in a pet shops
  8. Hi all,I'm looking to get about three(3) Baliodigma for my tank,around 2 inch would be nice,I'm in Ipswich so anyone can help please let me know,thankyou Brett
  9. Great idea for a last minute Xmas present - we received a good buy on these due to the amount that we get in and pass on the savings.. Don't forget your QLDAF discount too which brings this book by Ad Konings down to $66.55. http://www.qldaf.com/forums/tech-den-127/how-members-get-their-qldaf-discount-tech-den-their-aquarium-items-77517/ Malawi Cichlids In their natural habitat 4th Ed by Ad Konings
  10. hey guys has anyone seen any albino eye bitters juvies around for sale or know of any members that breed them. I had a colony of them years ago and would like to find some for the new African tank. cheers
  11. Hi All, I've just chucked together a short video of my newly set-up Lake Malawi tank. The tank has been running for about 2 months, but the fish have only been stocked over the last 3-4 weeks. Enjoy.
  12. Hey guys im setting up an African display tank and Im keen on a Malawi hawk(Aristochromis christyi ), can anyone tell me if he will eat the smaller fish or is it a trial an error thing? also can they live on pellets and frozen food etc because I don't like using feeder fish? any help on this would be greatly appreciated. P.s. Does anyone have some of these for sale or know where I could get some?
  13. Some good work trying to help Lake Malawi communities look after their fish. Ripple Africa: Fish Conservation in Lake Malawi
  14. im not new to keeping fish but at the same time i dont claim to know it all...very far from it actually. anyway, im completely new to keeping cichlids and i have some questions on behaviour that im observing and would be great if i could get some answers. First of all i am running a 4x2x2 tank and currently have 15 cichlids and 2 bn in it. 5 electric yellows, 5 bicolour peacocks, 5 marble peacocks. have 2 canisters running on it and its full of texas holey rock. PH is a steady 8.4. Temp is a steady 25 Ammonia is 0 Nitrites is 0 Nitrates is around 10 now to the questions: 1. i notice a couple of cichlids will have a "scratch" every now and then. There is no loss in apetite, colour, and they are all happily swimming around. Also no visible signs of parasites. Is this normal? 2. i noticed two yellows swimming in circles with each other for about 5 mins, going right then going left then going right etc. they didnt look like they were fighting because when any of them do, they usually chase each other and not swim in unison around in circles. What is this behaviour? 3. i did have another question but cant remember now...
  15. Just wondering if aquamunch attack is good food? As I am very happy to pay 40$ for 3kg from aquaholics but I have been feeding them spectrum but can't afford spectrum all the time..... or is there another brand of food that is better for around the same price? Keep in mined I have a few cookoos and L numbers with my breeding colonies of malawi's Thanks Marc
  16. Ok for the Malawi Freaks out there:- just a bit of a survey out of interest... - What fish would u like to see & find out more about if had the opportunity to see it in its natural habitat? - What style of doco would make it onto the shelf of your dvd collection? - which of the colourful t*rds captures your attention the most? - does Stuart Grant's conservation fund for the mbuna of Lake Malawi National Park mean much to you? With thanks, aqc
  17. Just wondering if there is any type of smaller sized schooling fish that would go with Malawi cichlids? I don't recall seeing any so far in other tanks, so I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask? Cheers
  18. Hey All. Bit of a general question. Hoping to get some some opinions on the topic. I've got a cichlid tank. The PH sits at 8.4. I've been thinking about adding a pleco. I've got an L002 Tiger pleco in another tank atm with some common bristlenose where the PH is 7.6. Everyone online seems to have catfish and plecos in cichlid tanks. I'm just wondering if the PH difference will cause any illness etc if I decide to add one. Would like to hear general opinions or experiences, good or bad, and any advice in general, on if it's not too big of a PH jump for them. Thanks
  19. shots were taken aprox 6 meters from tank with a dsl camera and there wer lots taken protomelas vergatus male f1 Fossorochromis Rostratus male at 9-10cm and a random cuckoo cat at 15 cm
  20. Okay so this is going to be the first of my journy from the tropical to cichlid tank I have already got some fish, 6 venustus, 6 electric yellow, 2 electric blue, 2 mpanga and 2 damosi. Which are in with my rainbow shark and 5 common bristlenose. I have 3 more bristlenose comming tomorrow, and and hoping to get some red malawi cichlids in the next week (Got anything for sale, pm me!). My tanks is a 4x2x2 with a 3ft sump. atm the tank is being run on powerheads because i am replaceing all parts of the sump and re-siliconing it. Today i bought some sand, i have extremely thoroughly washed it and i also got some terracotta pots and rocks to redo my tank. i will be taking photos and adding them so if anyone has questions or advice, please ask or tell Thanks Carlina These are my Before pictures.. Ill take more as i go!
  21. So, Where do i begin? I am new to the Cichlid community but have done so much research into Malawi Cichlids that I bought my first few babys today! I have a 4ft by 2ft by 2ft with 4 3cm Electric yellows, 2 Mpanga and 2 Damosi. Also in the tank is my 5 adult common BN, and my Rainbow shark. Soo... Im after some cool looking peacocks, and any other non aggressive malawi cichlids that are inexpensive and available! Thanks guys!!
  22. I have been shown the red OB peacocks (Aulonocara Fire OB) , that I shall produce next year. And for that I am grateful!
  23. I'm thinking of going on a trip to Africa in a few years and going to the lakes like Malawi and tanganika. Has anyone gone there before? If so was it good?
  24. Hi Anyone breeding or seen these guys around at all ??? Have a spare 7 fter & was intrested in looking at getting some depending on avaliblly Any help or advise welcome Cheers Trev
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