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freddie 05-04-2015 02:42 AM

6 Foot Malawi Tank Setup
 
After what seemed like an eternity of waiting, the new tank arrived.

6x2x2 Cabinet tank with sump.

Tank was delivered and installed before lunch. Leaving me the rest of the day to work on the setup.

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/...pszwobppvf.jpg



It's my first time using a sump filter but I've been doing plenty of research over the past few weeks to see how it all works and in which order the media should be arranged.

Decided to start off with bioballs in section 1. Seachem Matrix in section 2 and Crushed coral in section 3. In a few weeks the plan is to move the bioballs up into the overflow box and put K1 in section 1.

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/...psgbqhrrie.jpg



First job of the day was to cover the base in egg crate to distribute out the weight of the rocks which would be added and to protect the glass from scratches.

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/...pstbpmyxjv.jpg



Spent a couple of hours washing the crushed coral substrate before adding it and the 3 largest rocks into the tank.

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/...psyyd7cz2u.jpg


Filled up the tank using my DIY water changer. Nothing too complicated, a filter intake and enough hose to reach to the tap :D

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/...psu4ozildm.jpg


Left the tank to run for 2 days with a couple of fish in there to test the water.

Then siphoned out all of the crushed coral substrate from my 4 foot tank and moved it to the 6 foot. (Had to do a 50% water change after that to clear up the water a bit. Next time I would make sure all the sand is in the new tank before adding any water).

Added the rest of the rocks to complete the hardscape.

Moved everything from the FX5 filter (media, sponges, polishing pads) I was using on the 4 foot tank into the new sump.

Final step was to net and move over the fish.

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/...pstu0ievzy.jpg


A couple of new Haps added to the mix.

Fossorochromis Rostratus

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/...psbjfj6yhx.jpg


Buccochromis Lepturus

http://i1382.photobucket.com/albums/...psrfxftu0a.jpg

Have a few more new fish ordered and scheduled to arrive in 2 weeks. Will post some photos then.

The fun never ends :D !!

Thanks for reading.

trueblue82 05-04-2015 04:49 AM

wow, it is very inspiring not to mention $$$$$.

May i ask how much for this setup?


very nice :)

CCT 05-04-2015 09:58 AM

Brian, finally your wishes comes true

Fronts and Alto Tank: 4ft x 1.5 x 1.5 (Burundi, Moba, M.Blue and Comps)
Trophs Tank: 4ft x 1.5 x 1.5 ( Trophs Canary Cheek, Ikola, Bemba, moliro, duboisi and Tretos)
African Malawi Mixed Tank: 3ft x 1.5 x 1.5 (Assorted African Cichlids Zebra Tilapia, Red Jewel and Assorted Malawi Cichlids Bubblebee, Peacock etc)

johannes 05-04-2015 03:48 PM

Nice Malawi tank indeed!
Selection of fishes are also interesting
Sweeeee! ;)

freddie 05-04-2015 05:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by trueblue82 (Post 9839499)
wow, it is very inspiring not to mention $$$$$.

May i ask how much for this setup?

very nice :)

sent you a pm.

Quote:

Originally Posted by CCT (Post 9839518)
Brian, finally your wishes comes true

yes bro. worth the wait :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by johannes (Post 9839653)
Nice Malawi tank indeed!
Selection of fishes are also interesting
Sweeeee! ;)

thanks bro. similar layout to my previous setup in the 4 foot but more open swimming space in the middle. still needs some time for the new tank look to go off. will need to keep a close eye on the water params for the next few weeks to be on the safe side.

also plan to add a few different haps to change it up a bit later.

CCT 05-04-2015 07:18 PM

Brian amaze me again

Fronts and Alto Tank: 4ft x 1.5 x 1.5 (Burundi, Moba, M.Blue and Comps)
Trophs Tank: 4ft x 1.5 x 1.5 ( Trophs Canary Cheek, Ikola, Bemba, moliro, duboisi and Tretos)
African Malawi Mixed Tank: 3ft x 1.5 x 1.5 (Assorted African Cichlids Zebra Tilapia, Red Jewel and Assorted Malawi Cichlids Bubblebee, Peacock etc)

johannes 05-04-2015 09:50 PM

Mark showed me how swee "star sapphire" is
Damn tempting haha

terence84 05-04-2015 10:49 PM

Very nice relaxing. Thumb up

Wind 05-04-2015 11:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johannes (Post 9839753)
Mark showed me how swee "star sapphire" is
Damn tempting haha

Haha Master i think the poison sink in to you already :rolleyes::D:p

red5 06-04-2015 01:08 AM

How do u prevent the sand from being suck into the sump thru?😄


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