A new journey to freshwater - Tropheus

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  1. Breado

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    Hey Guys

    Thought I should share my journey back to freshwater since I had been only focusing on my saltwater setup for a few years.

    Equipment:
    • Standard 4 ft tank
    • Fine crush coral and PFS mix (used from an old system I had run historically alo with a bunch of mixed cichlids)
    • Aquaclear 110 hang on back
    • Eheim 250w heater
    • Sobo 5000lph wavemaker - will replace this with a smaller one as it a little to powerful for the fish at the moment.
    • Lighting: Dymax 4ft 35w LED light - blue/white

    Rocks will be added soon - want to mimic the bottom of the lake

    Fish - All F1 juveniles
    • Tropheus Red Rainbow - 8
    • Tropheus Red Katete - 6
    • Tropheus Kalambo - 7
    Pics to follow . . .
     
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    Breado

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    good looking start
    out of curiosity why did you choose to go with 3 different locations
    have you tried to vent any of the babies yet?
     
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    Thanks @top dog
    Havent tried to vent them as yet.
    Locations were not buy choice but rather by default - I bought all the breeders stock which comprised of these.
    I find that they are really fun fish
     
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    Just awesome to see other people going the planted route with African cichlids. Tank looks very good with the vallis at the back.

    I wouldn't change the wave maker to a smaller one. I would place it above the intake and outlet of the hob, with it facing at an angle up. This way you know that your return water from hob won't have a chance to be sucked in by the intake. This way the water would circulate better through the tank as well.

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    Thanks @pierreschoonraad

    I will indeed take the advice on the wavemaker size and positioning. I have a smaller one available
     
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    Very nice choice of fish..... Tank looks great...
     
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    I don't know how big they are but venting is not accurate when they young..... But please do have a go at.... It's good practice... Even the experienced get it wrong to many times :)
     
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    Pierre is right regarding the wave maker. I have mine facing up and it works great like that.
    I always admire a planted tank with African Cichlids but Some just don't seem to get it right... Like me lol
     
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    Agree.
    They standard Rift setup always seems to have massive piles of rocks (mine included)
    But I think they look better with at least a few plants just to soften it up a bit.
     
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    It is a good look. Besides contrast, people tend to forget these big lakes are not one big, uniform, rocky environment. There are extensive wetlands and underwater fields along some of these lake coasts, which are home to a good few of the commonly traded species. Such environments can play a crucial role as nurseries for young fish, too.

    On that note, I hope your plants establish nicely and grow nice and thick!
     
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