African Cichlids Garage Display Tank

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  1. Breado

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    Hi All

    For the love of Cichlids, I have setup a tank in my garage....

    4ft tank
    Aquaclear 110 and 70
    250w Eheim heater
    3000lph wavemaker
    PFS crushes coral mix substrate

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    Visually awesome with all those colours.
     
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    Stunning!!!
    Looks almost like a reef tank!
     
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    Absolutely stunning
     
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    @Breado

    Really nice. Looks great :cool:
     
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    Breado

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    Thanks guys.

    Really enjoy these fish.
     
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    Stunning, well done!
     
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    That is stunning, like the rockwork
     
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    Thanks All. Appreciate the kind comments
     
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    Very nice...
    I'm planning on a malawi tank as well - but boy - the choices that one must make..

    So I'm looking at what others have done - so basically stealing some ideas. :)
    What species are you stocking, and what is the fish count in your tank?
     
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    Hi @Wandrag

    thanks

    I have a mix of Africans and one Green terror. Some OB peacocks, haps, mbuna.

    Originally, I had a rock scape like that of the bottom of the lake (watched some YouTube vids) but then got this scape for a great price so added it to the tank.

    Added some big plants, but they kept floating around. I will get some java fern, anubia and glue them to the rock scape.

    Haven’t counted the fish in a while, as I have a grow out tank and I have been adding a few fish over time.
     
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    @Breado

    It looks excellent. In a way there is a marine feel to it :thumbup:

    If you get some hardy plants, plant them, and put some pebbles round the base. This should stop the fish digging them up.
     
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    Thanks @Reedfish

    I do have two marine tanks as well, so I guess it inspired the layout.

    Will take you advice on the plants :)
     
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    Strangely enough, even though I love cramming plants into every square inch, this tank somehow works for me precisely because it doesn’t have plants but looks like a reef :)
     
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    I agree with you
    Love a planted tank but there are some stunning scapes without plants too.. they have their own style and beauty
     
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    Iv personally never seen the appeal to the African cichlids, I think mainly because Iv never seen some really nice ones.
    Your tank looks fantastic, it’s beautiful honestly.
    You might be twisting my arm into the African cichlids a little.
     
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    @Breado great set up, love the colors and activity.
    Have you thought about winter, I have a few tanks set up in workshop witch is similar to garage and open to elements. I need 1watt per ltr to keep temps in June/July. Hope this helps before first cold snap
     
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    Delayed reply but none the less...

    Thanks for the advice bud. I’ll add another heater to be safe then :)
     
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    Update....some plastics plants whilst I wait to fetch some anubia and java fern
     
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