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malawi setup advice

Postby boogaton » Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:55 am

hi just wondering i used to keep malawis before some years back had 9 tanks in my flat and had my malawis in a 6ftx2x2 tank but due to unforeseen reason ex sold everything whjen we split :x im starting up again but dont have as much space as i used to. I was just wondering what is the minium tank size i can get away with to keep malawis. Also stock levels for the size of tank too. im looking at a 4ft x 15 x 20 or 4ft x 18 x22 any help and advice would be great. shame just been offered a 36x15x22 tank but would this be too small ?
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Re: malawi setup advice

Postby markee » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:17 pm

Hi & welcome to the forum, i can totally sympathise with you as i have been down that road myself!

I'm sure you are probably aware that the minmum recommend tank size for Malawi's is 4ft, this is down to them requiring the floorspace for territories and room to escape any aggression, but it could work with a slightly smaller tank. You would however restrict yourself as to numbers and types that you could keep, ideally none that grow bigger than 3-4 inches. Another downside would be after you've filled it with rocks there wouldn't be a lot of room left for the fish. Personally i would recommend going for the 4ft tank if you have the room as your options would be less restricted.

A question to ask yourself, if you got the 3ft tank and set it up looking how you want it, how long would you spend looking at it before you wished you'd got the 4ft tank? :lol:
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Re: malawi setup advice

Postby boogaton » Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:52 am

thanks your right i remember what i was like before started off with a smallish tank then moved up and up lol. Ive been looking at some seashell tanks they look to be a good tank. im just trying to find a review or website with them on as my lfs which is maidenhead aquatics stock them as at the moment i have and aqua one tank 620t with a few malawis in to keep me happy till i sort out what tank i want to get. Thankyou for your advice and help.
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Re: malawi setup advice

Postby markee » Fri Mar 09, 2012 1:47 pm

From what i can gather Seashell Aquariums are made for MA & they don't have their own website, did quite a bit of 'mooching' around & couldn't find a bad review for them. They are pretty expensive but i guess you're paying more for the quality of the cabinet. I couldn't justify spending £1500 on a 5ft tank knowing that i could get the same size tank (just as good quality) from Juwel/Fluval/etc for a third of that price, you don't even get any filtration/lighting/heating (apart from a 3ft sump) with it, these are all extras :shock:
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Re: malawi setup advice

Postby boogaton » Tue Mar 13, 2012 7:00 pm

hi markee got some prices on the seashell tanks 48x15x20 £435.00 free delivery 48x15x24 £529.00 and 48x18x24 £610 looking at the middle one, looked at some juwels and fluvals they are good value but not to keen on the flimsy hoods on them plus i managed to find seashell in colour of my exsiting furniture bonus so depending on my funds il prob go for the middle size as i already have external filters so only lights to worry about. so hopefully my malawis will have a nice new home :)
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Re: malawi setup advice

Postby markee » Wed Mar 14, 2012 9:59 am

Nice, those are some good prices, especially compared to the ones that i found! If you could stretch you budget i would recommend getting the 48x18x24, purely as you will a little bit more floorspace. Height wise is not massively important with mbuna as they will spend the majority of their time in & around the rocks. Do they have a 48x18x20 tank? if they did it might be cheaper than the 48x18x24
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Re: malawi setup advice

Postby gilfishman » Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:06 pm

If you are looking for a aquarium go on N&D aquatics. Exellent prices. Had mine for 5 years and not a prob. They deliver but youll hae to wait for 3 orders down your area (if you know what I mean). Good selection of cabnets aswell
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Re: malawi setup advice

Postby gilfishman » Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:12 pm

http://www.ndaquatics.co.uk


Size with cabinet without cabinet
24 X 24 X 24 info £285.00 £132.00
36 X 24 X 18 info £390.00 £148.00
36 X 24 X 24 info £424.00 £171.00
48 X 24 X 18 info £469.00 £185.00
48 X 24 X 24 info £526.00 £211.00
48 X 30 X 24 info £707.00 £412.00
60 X 24 X 18 info £598.00 £221.00
60 X 24 X 24 info £651.00 £250.00
60 X 30 X 24 info £818.00 £493.00
72 X 24 X 18 info £661.00 £257.00
72 X 24 X 24 info £752.00 £290.00
72 X 30 X 24 info £1007.00 £573.00
84 X 24 X 24 info £815.00 £367.00
96 X 24 X 24 info £892.00 £399.00
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