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02-15-2007, 12:49 PM
You know the way whoever you ask has a different Opinion ? What do you make of this :

46 US Gallon tank (Juwel 180 Vision), over-filtered; keep 10 or so malawi cichilids in it, particlarly mentioned Haps ?

Any comments ?

02-15-2007, 01:06 PM
Not haps, they usually hit 8-10" depending on species. Mbunas are one thing if done right.

Lady Hobbs
02-15-2007, 02:17 PM
I'd say whatever advise you get from reptileguy to run with it. He knows his cichlids.

02-15-2007, 04:01 PM
That is too many haps for that size tank. You might get away with mbunas at those numbers if you have lots of rock work.

02-15-2007, 04:04 PM
reptile guy and floored are right "now ya heard go apply it".

have fun

02-15-2007, 04:45 PM
Thanks guys - just interested to see the views. It's very hard for a beginner to sift through the many contradictory opinions you get around the internet and in person.

Appreciate the opinions

Lady Hobbs
02-15-2007, 05:20 PM
Sorry. I forgot to also mention F1oored as he knows his beans, as well.

03-01-2007, 03:26 PM
Thanks again. I posted some pictures of my set up here :


I hate the plants...someone at home thinks they're "pretty" lol. I will be re-arranging this evening.

Is this considered 'loads of rockwork' ? Any suggestions to change ?

What would you guys put in there

03-01-2007, 03:28 PM
There are some really neat DIY (do it yourself) projects in the DIY section of this forum. Particularly ones to make tunnels and caves good for Cichlids. YOu might find some useful information there.

03-02-2007, 02:46 AM
What type of fish are you putting in there exactly? I would add more rock and/or split up the one pile into two separate piles, one on each end of the tank.

03-02-2007, 10:51 AM
I think reptileguy has a good point in moving some of the rocks around.

Here is a web site with a picture of a tank that I used as a basis for my setup.

Some good reading too!


04-06-2007, 04:00 PM
Here's what it looks like now - all seems to be going well :)

Thanks for the advice

04-06-2007, 04:06 PM
what kind of rock is that? Im converting one of my 20g's to another cichlid tank, and thats cool looking rock

04-06-2007, 04:11 PM
that's tufa rock - nice and light, great for forming caves etc., looks nice, good Ph buffer...I reccomend it lol

04-06-2007, 04:12 PM
im gonna try and find that. I often use slate, but its hard to find around here and if one piece of slate gives way, theres gonna be a fish sandwhich and a broken rock stack

04-06-2007, 04:16 PM
lol I hear ya...the tufa is great for stacking

04-06-2007, 06:48 PM
lol I hear ya...the tufa is great for stacking

It almost looks like texas holey rock.

04-06-2007, 09:41 PM
isnt texas holey rock more white?