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01-11-2014, 11:17 PM #1
Mbuna Pool journal
Here is the first of my new journals. I will post some pics as soon as I can but I am not at home so I do not have any atm.
I want to make two things perfectly clear from the start:
- I am calling this project my Mbuna pool but I do that some of you might not think of it as a pool. It will not use chemicals and it will not be as cristal clear as pools often are. My goal is not to build a classical pool but rather a pond where I can safe jump in and cool myself of while I am observing the fish. Think of it as a clear lagoon if that helps. It is meant to contain bacteria, not be dead, like a pool is. The idea to cycle it to a point where it can maintain itself much more than a pool ever can and to be less maintenance than a pool. The goal is that I should be able to leave this pool for a couple of months, get back, and have clear water as soon as i net the leafs from the surface.
- It will most likely not be strictly Mbuna. I am likely to introduce a few other species as well that I either like, Or think I need to keep it clean. It is not biotope correct but I am very tempted to add a large school of tigerbarbs to it.
The pool is about 5x5 m and is already dug and walled upp. The next step is tilling it.
I will put a steel framework above to grow shading plants above it. I am doing this for shade, beauty and to limit algae growth. Plants growing above the pond will be a combination of Grapes, Passionfruit, blue rain and bougainvillea.
In the center of the pond i will have a 1 m / 3 ft wide area that I will net in and fill with lake rock. This will create a rock pillar from the bottom to the top of the pool in which mbuna can hide and release their fry. It will also greately improve the bioload the pool can handle. At the surface I will place ledges that you can sit on and relax while you are in the pool.
Work has been halted for almost 6 month but I hope to be able to resume it soon as the rainy season now has ended.
I think that is all for now. Might have more to say when i have the pictures.Do as I say. Not as I do.
01-11-2014, 11:23 PM #2
Sounds like a great project
Have you ever considered mangroves for this set-up? I don't know a whole lot about growing them in fresh water, but from I have read they can really help to keep the water clean, but they are slow growing in FW as compared to marine (all other things equal). But that is just what I have read
I`m looking forward to seeing this project come togetherIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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01-11-2014, 11:25 PM #3
01-11-2014, 11:28 PM #4
Awlrighty then .Can't wait to read more about this journey and eagerly awaiting some pictures.ask ?'s and change some water pair of JD's and loving it.
01-11-2014, 11:28 PM #5
I am reluctant to use Mangroves. They are good cleaners but I have an entire Mangrove swamp just outside the walls so I am hesitant to use them in the garden.
However I have consider hiding a few clay pots at the top of the stone pillars and but some plants there that can send out roots and help clean the water. I have consider a number of different plants such as Paparys there. (also a good cleaner).
There is also a chance thet I will use water hyacinths or water lettuce on the surface of the water. they are good cleaners and pretty but can easily become a pest in themselves so we will have to see how I end up doing.Do as I say. Not as I do.
01-11-2014, 11:31 PM #6
I should say a few things about the biggest challenges I forsee with this project. (In order)
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- Keeping my caimans out of it (as well as the turtles but they are easier to keep out) 4 ft caimans climbs.
- Getting hold of the fish I want down here.
- Setting up filtration and keeping the water clean
- Everything else.
01-11-2014, 11:35 PM #7
I like the sound of the mbuna lagoon.When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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01-11-2014, 11:49 PM #8
Sounds amazing....can't wait for pics!
01-11-2014, 11:56 PM #9
sounds like a good project. What are your winter temps like? Not sure where you live roughly. I could never get away with something like this because it would be frozen over 1/3 of the year unless it was indoors.
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01-12-2014, 12:17 AM #10
It never falls below 70f here. (65f on rare occasions) so that is not a problem.Do as I say. Not as I do.