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72g Bowfront Mbuna Tank

Discussion in 'African Rift Lake Cichlids' started by myswtsins, Nov 28, 2008.

  1. myswtsins

    myswtsins AC Members

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    So I have a thread for asking questions about this tank and a thread about building this tank but it is time to have a thread for the tank in general! Pretty much an update thread. Here is some back ground....

    Long version
    (click the links for FULL background info)
    Planning the tank (stocking mostly)
    Building the tank (LOTS of pictures! redo stand, reseal, canopy from scratch)

    Short version
    72g bowfront aquarium with pine stand & custom canopy
    Emporer 400
    Eheim 2213
    Eheim 2013
    Undergravel jet system (total of about 1180 gph!! :eek3:)
    250watt Visi-Therm Stealth
    2 - 55watt Ahsupply kits with 50/50 bulbs
    Blue cold cathode moon lighting
    Red cold cathode sunrise lighting
    ~90lbs Lace rock (adding more!)

    The good stuff, pictures! Here is the tank after construction was complete.
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    First setup of rocks (left side had 50/50 while right side had a 9235k) :shakehead:
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    Current rock formation
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    There was a LOT more algae then that but after seeing as my mbuna were not eating it I added a female bristlenose and she went to town!

    I added some ameca splendens to the tank first to make sure it was habitable. Then I added the first 8 Mbunas, yellow labs Labidochromis Caerleus.

    Group shot
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    Munching!
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    Dominant male, front & center (picture does not do him justice)
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    Another of the dominant male, he always chases me around the tank so he gets the most attention
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    What is in the basket?
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    Frogbit! I got this to soak up any excess nutrients when I add another 32 fish on Wednesday! It is in the basket because the fish like eating it. :)


    So from here I am planning to...
    - Add more rocks. I have 260lbs of Appalachian gray rock that I will add on Wednesday before the new fish are added, not all of it of course though.
    - Add new fish! 8 each of Iodotropheus Sprengerae (Rusty), Psuedotropheus acei (yellow tail), Psuedotropheus socolofi (albino), Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos (maingano); all of which are coming in on Wednesday. Shortly after that I will be adding Metriclima estherae (OB) just waiting for them to age a little more.
    - Add more plants! I will be adding java ferns & anubias to this tank on Wednesday as well. In the future I may add onion plants & vals too.

    I can't wait for my new fish!! :D
     
  2. gustavo85

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    Amazing Labs!!!
     
  3. Pittbull

    Pittbull ALL BOW DOWN TO THE FIN GODS

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    looks great my friend good job and i bet you will be happy when your done aye..
     
  4. myswtsins

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    Thanks. I love the labs! They have sooo much character, when I sit next to the tank they all come over a stare at me. I enjoy the build & setup of the tank so much but am certainly looking forward to the end result! :)
     
  5. Rbishop

    Rbishop ...and over the edge.
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    A terrific tank!
     
  6. H3D

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  7. snoopy65

    snoopy65 I am Sam aka Snoopy65

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    Awesome tank. Love the labs!
     
  8. Coler

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    Brilliant tank - stock list sounds great. Updates as you go please !
     
  9. AfroCichlid

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    Great choice with the black sand. Really makes for a great contrast with the Labs. I'm a big fan of bowfronts, looks excellent.
     
  10. Weezer

    Weezer Plastic Plant's Live Longer

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    Nice setup.........:)
     

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