Malawi tank for my better half...

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    Hi Tasa

    I just got 200l tank from barry ( tasa member ) so i gave it to my girlfriend she had tanks in the past.
    So she wants to do malawi tank but i have no experience with them and will like some input from the tasa members that had or have malawi tanks. the tank has build in sump. water is around 187L ex the water in the sump will load photo's of the system to give u guys more idea of whats going on.

    So any info will be a big help to see if i can make a successful malawi tank. sorry if i ask any dumb questions with this project.

    Some of the equipment i have so far:

    Heater: 150w eheim
    pump: 1200LPH
    black gravel come with tank.
     
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    I can give some advice from my limited experience (I packed it in as I wasn't enjoying them, prefer calmer fish)

    My biggest finding was its best not to mix fish from the different lakes i.e. don't mix fish from lake Tanganyika with ones from lake Malawi or lake Victoria (after writing this I realise it probably doesn't apply if you've already decided on Lake Malawi)

    Also consider peacocks and potentially smaller mbuna. Haps and some larger mbuna will probably grow too large for that tank around 20-30 cm

    Pack the sump with as much biological filtration as possible and feed them a good diet of food containing spirulina

    Just my 2c hope it helps
     
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    200l tank 1.jpg 200l tank 2.jpg 200l tank 3.jpg 200l tank 4.jpg
     
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    Photo was taken over the weekend i have removed the background and cleaned it a bit, second picture is of the over flow hope its not to small. will get few more pictures tonight
     
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    Thinking of putting heater in first chamber, media and sponge in second with only pump in last chamber
     
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    Which one is the first one? Maybe I'm looking at the photos wrong but isn't this hole for the return pump? Looking from the top down that looks like the 1st one to me but maybe I'm seeing wrong

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    no that's the outlet
     
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    My apologies I was looking at the pictures wrong. Good luck with the set up :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks, yes i see there is a few options on going about this but i will see what info i get here and doing some reading..
     
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    Some tips:

    Peacocks and the so-called haps prefer nice open water with limited rockwork, while the mbuna prefer quite complex environments. The caves and crevices play a big part in defining territories and providing hiding spots for more submissive fish.

    The more the merrier: in small groups, it's easier for dominant fish to focus attention on weaker fish. Big groups allow for dispersal of this aggression, plus providing many potential mating partners to be distracted by.

    Lots of rocks are good, but this does create dead spots where flow can be zero. These gather old food and dead fish, and can be deadly. Invest in wave makers to get flow into these spots.

    Mbuna appreciate greens in the diet. A green, algae based food is good for a staple, but don't be afraid to throw in some veggies too. Try keep away from too many floating foods, as this isn't a natural feeding mode for them.

    It can pay off to introduce everyone more or less at once. This allows the fish to establish territories at once, rather than one group establishing and keeping the new guys out of prime real estate. This will require you to have an established, well cycled tank first. Alternatively, with each new group introduced, rearrange the rockwork.

    I'm at work now so that's all I can offer off the dome, but dig into your research. A well put together Malawi tank is a sight to behold.
     
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    Few questions to get started: on this size tank what will be good balance stock level, will 150w eheim heater do the job and the 1200lph pump do the trick. what lights will be recommended here aswell. sorry but just want to get idea of where more is needed.
     
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    Heater is an must in the first chamber.
     
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    I would really consider some nice tangs some tropheus and some caudopunctatus even julies would do well.
     
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    Pump will be fine. You may want to consider a 250 watt heater but since its and eheim it will probably work (I've heard they better then normal heaters but have no experience with them) I go with the 1 watt per liter rule plus a small buffer. Just my opinion.

    Lighting you can use anything day light coloured (6500 Kelvin) you get fluorescent lights and LED's. I used the LEDs on my tank looked very nice. They very bright so not for fish that like low light
     
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    Did speak to her and she don't mind going the tang route aswell
     
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    oh okey thanks, sorry small buffer?
     
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    Nice gift, and nice to share the hobby with the significant other :thumbup:
     
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    Like 1 watt per liter plus a small buffer. So your tank is 200 liters so 200 watts is enough but then I add a small buffer just incase which is why I recommended 250 watts. Hope it makes sense now
     
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    oh okey understand what u mean thanks
     
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    Any chance you want 100+ neolamprologus brichardi fry.... LOL:lol:
     
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