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alan_uk

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well what started off as this and then was planned for a african rift lake set-up i have now decided im going to try another planted tank but a low tech until i have a better feel for whats good and whats not :)

this is the tank im doing its a 7 foot long 18" high and 18" deep
its a home made tank and the stand it came with was discusting so i firstly re-done the full hoon and canopy :)

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and this is a few through the stages

stand re-built and painted black
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then added the features to the front
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this was how the malawi set-up ended before being tore down and changed :)
 

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Re: my 7'x18"x18" malawi biotope

Great transformation. Amazing what a lick of paint can do :)
 

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Re: my 7'x18"x18" malawi biotope

alan_uk said:
hope you like

I love it!

I can imagine as the plants grow in over a couple of years those anubias and needle leaf could fill a lot of the tank.
Will look jawdropping then :D
 

alan_uk

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Re: my 7'x18"x18" malawi biotope

cheers everyone im hoping it will fill in nicely

and as soon as i can find some decent vallis i will be adding some accross the back were a lot of the background is showing as this is 1 of the only true malawi lake plants :)

will keep updated with pics as things change and i add more fish :D
 

alan_uk

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Re: my 7'x18"x18" malawi biotope

well the malawi tank is now long gone and this is how it currently looks

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comments welcome
 

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Re: my 7'x18"x18" malawi biotope

can you list your stocking mate? with your ratio of M to F as well.
 

alan_uk

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Re: my 7'x18"x18" malawi biotope

yea at the min i have

5 yellow labs 2m/3f
4 yellow tail acei 1m/3f
3 acei ngara all female
2 albino socolofi 2f
1m maingano
1m/1f crabro
1f white lab nkata bay
2 red zebra 1m/1f
2 cobalt blue zebra both male i think
2 rusties m-f??
2 synodontis mulit's
2 2spot synodontis :thumbup:

also wasnt happy with all the rocks in the tank so now tore that down and re-scaped as a n amazon set-up

went from this
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to this
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to this
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Re: my 7'x18"x18" malawi biotope

just a little update on the tank i now have it fully stocked fully running amazon set up with

m-f breeding pair of convicts
1m-2f wild green swordtails
12 columbian tetra
8 emerald cory's
2 striped nerite snails

here is a video of the tank tonight

i have amazon frogbit, amazon sword, and needle leaf java fern

tomorrow im going to add another amazon sword and have ordered some mini water lettuce for the surface

also added some new wood for the right side and the oak leaves for leaf litter

hope you enjoy the video and look forward to feedback

oh and i also have lots of convict fry which io have caught on the vid :)

http://s952.photobucket.com/albums/ae8/ ... V03776.mp4
 

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Re: my 7'x18"x18" malawi biotope

I'd love to see some pictures of the swordtails, a criminally underrated fish in my opinion.
 

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Re: my 7'x18"x18" malawi biotope

ill try and get some good quality pics of them there on the vid but only breifly :)


this is how the tank is looking at the min after another change around

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cheers :)

ive decided to now go for a low tech planted set-up as i just cant get away from the fact of how much i love planted tanks

im going for low co2 and low lighting as there is curently a 40 watt plant grow t8 and a 36 watt marine white t8

going to run double 2 litre bottles of diy co2 until i get my pressurised set-up from my friend who owns a garage and is going to get me a big welding cannister :)

not going to run ferts as im trying to keep this as simple and cheap as possible

anyways here is the pics

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thank you

at the minute im not using any co2 lol i was thinking of adding diy until i get together all of the parts for my 7kg pressurised bottle :)

the amazon swords are putting out new leaves constantly :) :thumbup:
 
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