300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

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300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Mon Jul 22, 2013 2:55 pm

Hi.

I am new to this site and would like to show you guys my aquarium.
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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Lisachromis » Mon Jul 22, 2013 3:41 pm

I like it!

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Tue Jul 23, 2013 3:27 pm

Lisachromis wrote:I like it!
Thanks Lisa.

This is after I added some more stock.
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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Johan Verheesen » Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:57 pm

Very nice tank. I wonder how it looks when the stones are covered with algae.

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by deeda » Thu Aug 01, 2013 8:13 pm

I love the rock work setup, very nice and natural looking!!
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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by SergeS » Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:54 am

Great tank, I like the look and darkness in the background! No substrate is good too. People always add sand, even though there are lots of Mbuna that normally never even come close to sand in the wild :)

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 1:38 am

Hi Everyone. I know that it has been a while since I have updated my thread but I have some photos for you.
Here are some of my old setups. Currently I am importing Malawi Cichlids and breeding on a Wholesale scale.
Hope all is well with you guys and God bless you. :)
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A Old 168G 6 foot by 2 foot by 2 foot

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:14 am

The Tank in this subject was my all time favourite of all the Tanks that I used to had as display/breeding setups.
Simplicity was the key as the sump was fabricated with five compartments of which three where filtration and
two for holding females and rearing fry to applicable size. All species successfully spawned and reared in this
combine volume of 232 gallon US standard where.

Cynotilapia Maleri Island White Blaze
Aulonocara Lwanda Hai Reef F1
Labidochromis sp Hongi Kimpuma
Melanochromis Auratus Mbenji
Metriaclima Pyrsonotos
Metriaclima Estherae Mbenji
Metriaclima Callainos
Melanochromis Johannii
Iodotropheus Sprengerae Boadzulu Island
Labidochromis Caeruleus Lions Cove
Metriaclima Callainos OB
Metriaclima Mbenji OB
Metriaclima Mbenji
Metriaclima Greshakei
Pseudotropheus Saulosi Taiwan Reef
Fossorochromis Rostratus
Cyrtocara Moorii
Protomelas Spilonotus Mara Rocks
Copadichromis Trewavasae Lupingu


Species that I struggled with where due to ratio of sexes being not even and Male Temperament.

Metriaclima Hajomaylandi Chizumulu island
Placidochromis Electra Likoma
Protomelas Taeniolatus
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64 Gallon Sump Constructed

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:20 am

The 64 Gallon Sump received aquaria from the main tank above. Aquaria where received via two over flow towers that drained
via pipe to the sump. Next to the Sump in the cabinet where a 23 Gallon rearing tank for juveniles as well filtered via a external canister
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64 Gallon Sump leak tested
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64 Gallon Sump fitted

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 2:23 am

The added 23 gallon tank for rearing of fry to juvenile size where used as well for quarantined new species.

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:07 am

The 23 gallon juvenile rearing tank where painted black to fit the customised look of the setup.

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:12 am

The Tank went through allot of Biotopes from Mbuna Biotopes to Intermediate Biotopes as well Sandy Shore Biotopes.
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Labidochromis sp Hongi Kimpuma Juvenile Male

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 3:27 am

First Biotope where done with Aulonocara Lwanda Hai Reef F1 and Labidochromis sp Hongi Kimpuma. As you can see in the above picture of the Juvenile Labidochromis sp Hongi Kimpuma Male there are Aulonocara Lwanda Hai Reef F1 females as well.
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Aulonocara Lwanda Hai Reef Male F1
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Aulonocara Lwanda Hai Reef Female F1

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:05 am

A 10 gallon was used to rear Labidochromis Caeruleus Lions Cove fry to juvenile size before moving after two months to a larger volume of aquaria.
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Filter intake covered with medium to prevent fry from being syphoned in
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Labidochromis Caeruleus Lions Cove fry

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:12 am

After selling most of the Labidochromis Caeruleus Lions Cove fry the rest where reared back in to the main population which where housed in a 90 gallon breeder. The 90 gallon Mbuna biotope tank contained Pseudotropheus Saulosi Taiwan Reef as well Pseudotropheus Socolofi Albino which where taken care of from a friend temporarily.
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Labidochromis Caeruleus Lions Cove Biotope Tank

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:25 am

My next biotope that I did contained some of the more common Metriaclima species in the trade.

Metriaclima Pyrsonotus
Metriaclima Lombardoi Mbenji
Pseudotropheus sp Elongatus Mbenji Brown
Labidochromis Caeruleus Lions Cove
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90 Gallon Metriaclima Intermediate Biotope

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:41 am

The Metriaclima complex is a very interesting group to observe regarding their social structure, feeding techniques and behaviour.
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Metriaclima Callainos Dominant Male
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Metriaclima Callainos Dominant Male feeding from the bio covered Aufwuchs
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Metriaclima Pyrsonotus Dominant Male

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 4:53 am

I really like a 90 Gallon due to the size for aquascaping as well stocking options. I did sold it due to the fact that the previous owner used it as a saltwater aquarium. Salt stains where the norm and sometimes eye catching.
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90 Gallon Breeder being drained before sold to a friend of Mine
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90 Gallon External Filter intake and return
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90 Gallon Mbuna Rocky Biotope side view
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90 Gallon Mbuna Rocky Biotope before being sold

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 10:45 am

Here are some of the Dominant Males which I did had during the days of my 232 Gallon US
Tank.
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Protomelas Spilonotus Mara Rocks Dominant Male
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Protomelas Spilonotus Mara Rocks Dominant Male
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Aulonocara Lwanda Hai Reef F1 Sub Dominant Male
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Labidochromis Caeruleus Lions Cove Dominant Male

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Re: 300L Mbuna Biotope Aquarium

Post by Snailos » Sun Aug 21, 2016 11:00 am

My 232 Gallon Tank went through allot of Biotopes as I did stated earlier in the above mentioned posts.
I started of with a Intermediate Biotope where Rocks meets the Lakes sandy floor. Then added more rock
reef to decline back into a full Mbuna biotope. Below is my collection of photos from that transition.
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A 45 degree angle view from the side to show the Rocky outcrops.
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The Intermediate Zone/Biotope which contained a population of Aulonocara Lwanda Hai Reef F1. They were later moved onto their own 23 Gallon breeder setup as the Labidochromis sp Hongi Kimpuma population were introduced. To start the transition over to a Malawi rocky reef zone.

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