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    Hi everyone. I'm not to this forum, and would like to introduce myself as Dan from Malta (in Europe just for the extra info) :)

    I've had an aquarium for quite a long time now; I think close to 7 years. I am currently keeping Malawi cichlids, but for some reason or another I don't seem to be happy with what I have. Their character is amazing, but I think it's time to change. I also don't think that my aquariums size is not ideal for these cichlids, since I got the aquarium without first deciding on what species to keep.

    This is the main reason I have registered on this forum, as I prefer to have opinions from various fish keepers (since I am currently only registered with forums specializing on Lake Malawi cichlids).

    First of all, the following is the aquarium I have: http://www.hiwtc.com/photo/products/33/03/16/31696.jpg (<<< clicky) :)

    The below are some details:

    Size (L x W x H): 180 x 59.6 x 70.5cm
    Glass thickness: 10mm

    The tank is a Chinese made aquarium, and the hood isn't the best out there. But lets forget this right now. As you can see, the aquarium is quite narrow, and a little bit on the high side and almost 2 meters long. As you may know, Malawi cichlids prefer a deeper tank rather than a long one. (more like a box rather than a rectangular shaped tank).

    So... the question is, if you had this tank, how would you set it up?

    I guess it is also important to give information about the source water (which is not the best):

    - It has traces of nitrates.
    - pH is between 7.5 - 8.0
    - gH is not that hard, but not low either. (don't know the exact measurement).

    Looking forward for your input and to a healthy discussion

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    I would either go heavily planted with a few angelfish, and a couple large schools of tetra like columbians and black phantoms, or not so planted and I would get a couple larger cichlids like jaguar cichlids, veija argentea, or jack dempsey.
    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.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

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    Thanks for your prompt reply, mommy1 :)

    I actually prefer the smaller fish, considering the tank is quite narrow. Also because there is the possibility of having more fish. I also like the idea of a planted tank, which will hopefully keep the nitrates low. So you are basically hinting for a mixed community fish planted tank, right?

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    If you like smaller fish then I would definitely go with the angelfish/tetra. The angel will get on the larger side, but not so large you couldn't fit larger schools of tetra as well, and having the angel with them will make the tetra school together nicely.
    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
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    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.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    + 1 mommy1, some tetras could come from the Hyphessobrycon familey. They are usualy higher bodied and the Angel could not swallow them as it gets larger.

    To the already mentioned Columbians and Black phantoms there are also Rosy, Lemons and Red phantoms.

    Diamond tetras and Emperor get a little bigger and work also.
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    Malta.. now there's a place that brings back memories... Must be difficult to do fish shopping there.Amazed you get soft water there.

    Hmmm.. driftwood should be easy to find, same goes for pebbles. I'd do a bigger version of what I have now (see sig). You could do an amazing south american community tank. Get a massive school of a single species of tetra. Have 3 dozen cories, 2 or 3 medium sized l-numbers and you'd still have room left over to get 2 pairs of apistos.

    Plenty of other alternatives, gouramis for example. Or just l-numbers. I don't think I'd go for temperate, it just gets too hot in Malta.

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