Malawi madness setup

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And here is the birth of my little Malawi where I want to raise their young. The exhibition begins with a bath of 75 lt Ferplast, model and 'the Cayman 60 Classic (no timers and other gadgets useless ...). WARNING! It is absolutely not my intention to say that this tank is suitable for breeding cichlids from Malawi, why not! The name that I gave, in fact, is a clear demonstration. Using this pool is only as support, and here I put the females incubated a few days before the release of children, and increases them here for the first weeks, the point! I beg you, when you think of these cichlids tanks, think to much, much more generous for the sake of your guests, ok?

For the layout setup there are big problems, the rocky biotope of Lake Malawi I want to copy, is quite simple, and does not create too many layout problems. Rocks, when you need it, buy it at a plants shop (garden), you will find the beautiful, especially at an acceptable price! What you see in the tank cost me 0.50 euro / kg: in short, I spent less than 10 euros .... some acquarist point  sell them (the same) to more than 10 euro / kg! But back staging. Place the rocks, and here and 'take some''of the preliminary study to pose (I recommend' present 'outside the aquarium, looking for the position that most' you like, and then replicate it with less trouble inside your tank).

A rubber mat on the glass bottom of the aquarium is In my view, essential to avoid any unpleasant surprises! It's need to make sure that the rock-solid stability and cutlery are there is a risk that someone could slip or worse, roll with the danger of breaking some glass. Some people use the silicone to stop them, personally with rocks from the surface very irregular - given the simplicity of joint - I prefer to avoid adhesives. For the bottom, I used a multi-colored gravel middle of what and easy to find on the market at good prices. I preferred to put it down before loading the water - no stretch of sand - and thus 'even more' easy to fill well the various space launch hidden here and heaps of stones.

Now all that remains is to fill the tank with water. I used a 50 liter canister filled with 20%  osmotic water and the rest tap the subsequent changes, reintegration with hard water. For the filling I use a pump 1700 lt / h and empties the tank in a few minutes. Can see in the tub begins to fill up.

To avoid excessive movement of the funds due to the turbulence of the jet of water, I have inserted the tube through the rocks, so the current disperses and the jet is directed downward. Alternatively you can use the classic dish resting on the bottom of the tank, or direct the water on one side wall of the pan so that the water to disperse on the surface and does not create currents. Completed filling aquarium important for the biological seed of the tank, and I used the material of the filter of an aquarium mature in this way the times of' startup 'of the pool were significantly reduced. Finally, if you want, you can add some plants, even though Malawi is not the 'necessary, indeed .... at most a few Vallisneria (spiralis in my case) and three tufts of Echinodorus tenellus, plants resistant to the kind of "malawitosi " enough that I intend to put in the tank.

The substrate is not fertilized I intend to do so, then all the green I post in these types of tanks, must be able to live alone with little light, very hard water and pH around 8.00 (which are the values typical of a tank of this kind). Because 'I would not remove the filter cassette that is central' very impressive 'on the end wall of the aquarium, I thought a good way to loosen the attention of the eye was to add a black background to the tank which made it less contrasted and visible contours of the biological filter. I must say that the result, as you can see from the photograph, and 'very satisfactory! All that remains is to wait 12-24 hours to disappear oxygen bubbles attached on the inner walls of the tank (done very normal when you fill a tank), and behold 2 days later, in the photo below, the result in place. A big thanks goes to my wife Guliana and his infinite patience with which 'tolerates' my passion, and follow me in the fitting, offering advice always very valuable and good taste.

Update: This pool comes for the reasons that you have read above. Having failed to see a reproduction of mbuna in a tank, because of predation by the other occupants of the big pool, I decided to isolate the female Pseudotropheus Saulosi with the fertilized eggs in her mouth (perhaps just before hatching), and in this environment. I managed, after removing the rocky bottom of the tub where he had played great at putting it in the tank you see, and here continued incubation until hatch with the next release as many as 20 juveniles to 3 weeks! You can see the pictures that I took Sunday, October 15th, the date on which all the fry, the size of 7-8 mm were free to swim. Loving care of his mother who, without interruption, takes care of children who grow up in the tank very quickly after only 3 days have already reached 1 cm in length.

Feeds them with food pellets and micronized for fry vegetables for catfish and add finely pulverized in a syringe with vitamins, spirulina and water of the pool. Do their 'duty' just aesthetic but also functional and useful filamentous algae, that I have not removed and which are also a good source of nutrition for fries. It 'really nice to see them all together' pick 'the rocks where it grows layer vegetable, lovingly controlled from the mother. Upon reaching a size acceptable, I'll proceed to remove the mother. The curious thing is the fact that the female of Malawi found suitable shells (leave them for Brevis) so much that he decided to take shelter in small at night when the light is off! It 'strange to see go out and get the fry from a shell of a snail! I finished this experience when, growing 20 pieces about 3 cm, I sold them to friends - all over Italy - which are still lovingly raising them in their tanks Malawi. :-)

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