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Malawi 'Haps' tank

Malawi Haps tank, left hand side

This tank housed predatory open-water Malawi cichlids.

Tank Size Approx 5x2x2' (60x24x26"/152x61x66cm)
Volume Nominal: 130 imp gallons/155 US gallons/585 litres
Actual: 111 imp gallons/132 US gallons/500 litres
Filtration Eheim Pro-II 2028 external canister filter (rated for 132 imp gal), and Eheim 2010 internal filter, plus two large airstones.
Heating Heated room
Lighting Medium - fluorescent room lighting only.
Substrate Thin layer of aquarium sand.
Decor Ocean Rock and artificial Vallis.
Background 3-D effect artificial background roll.
Water parameters Temp=26oC ; pH=7.8 ;
30% water change every week.
Fish stock Pair of Copadochromis sp cf "thinos"
Trio of Fossorochromis rostratus
Pair of Protomelas "spilonotus Tanzania"
6 Rhamphochromis sp "Chilingali" (from Lake Chilingali)
Pair of Stigmatochromis woodi

Protomelas "spilonotus Tanzania"Rhamphochromis sp "chilingali"
Picture of Picture of Picture of Rhamphochromis sp chilingali

This tank housed some of the more predatory open water Malawi cichlids (and one rarely encountered species from nearby Lake Chilingali), and therefore has plenty of open swimming space. Minimal decor has been used at the back and corners of the tank, consisting of 'Ocean Rock'/'Holey Limestone' (pieces with no sharp edges have been used), and some artificial Vallis plants.


Tank 1
(Leiarius pictus)
Tank 2
(Siamese Tigers)
Tank 3
Tank 4
Tank 5
(Wolf Cichlid)
Tank 6
Tank 7
Tank 8
Tank 9
Tank 10
Tank 11
Tank 12
Tank 13
(Wolf Fish)
Tank 14
(Planted Tank)
Tank 15
(W. African)
Tank 16
Tank 17
Tank 18
(Wolf Fish)
Tank 19
Tank 20
(Nano Reef)
Tank 21
Tank 22-26
Tank 27
(Nano Planted)
Fish House
(Setting up)
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