Quote:“There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don't know.” —United
About Yourself:Got a tank after I saw my mates malawi tank and it blew my mind! Kept two goldfish in a bowl before but this is my first attempt otherwise. NOT ONE SINGLE FATALITY YET!!! I love nature and science, I love malawis, they have such great personality and looks, but you need lots of them and a big tank with lots of filtration. When you design a tank I think it should all be about the fish - clean, interesting environment = happy fish = happy fishkeeper and fishkeeper's beautiful wife! I'm a doctor from Southampton UK, my lovely wife was initially sceptical about the tank but she now loves it and the fish - especially napoleon!
Advice:test water quality often
Do your research first - it's a steep learning curve
know your nitrogen cycle
DO NOT OVERFEED!!!! know your fish species what they like and what other species you can safely keep with them
change water and vacuum gravel/sand frequently
be very careful when cleaning your filter, bacteria are usually a good thing algae are not too bad either but know your nitrogen/phosphorus ratios
removing blue green algae will just encourage more to grow, stick it down your filter to decay and improve your NP ratio
lights on a timer 10 hours optimum to keep algae down
I try to keep my nitrates around 5-15, 5 is about normal in nature
plecos, synodontis spp., freshwater sharks and malawis are a good combination generally, but malawis get on better with each other when they are a bit overcrowded, they like a highish pH also, coral can sometimes be a good idea, and lots of caves as well
Plants that go well with malawis - valisneria, java fern, amazon sword
PLANTS ARE GREAT THINGS FOR THE FISH!!! you can never have too many plants, and they elevate your tank to an almost ethereal level :-)
plecos like a small amount of wood
get a long piece of hosing for your gravel cleaner - saves carrying heavy buckets!
Careful with mbunas - they are aggressive little blighters
You do not/should not need to take your rocks out to clean them
Description:sorry for poor quality! I will try and upload more soon....
Advice:Make the best of what you have to work with. Not everyone has a 120 gallon aquarium to work with. You can make great aquascapes with limited tank space if you use your imagination.
Description:20 Gallon with both live and artificial plants. Custom 3d background and twin HOB filters and heater built in. Community tank with cardinal tetras, bloodfin tetras, nerite snails, gourami, ghost shrimp and peppered corys. Took a lot of time and effort to get this tank up and running but I think could compete with any smaller tank set up out there. Good example of making the best of what you have to work with. Would love feedback and opinions of this tank setup.
Description:Still a beginner but the tank currently contains amazon swords, java fern, and some water sprites. Also the water level isn't usually that low but it just happened to be when I took this photo.
Advice:Be patient! We have a rough time starting our tank because we made decisions too quickly about what fish to add. We lost several because they were either suited to larger groups of the same fish or because they preferred larger tanks. We ended up returning the rest and adding more of the tetras we had used as hardy starter fish. Everyone's much happier!