Photo Caption:Jack Dempsey
Pic was taken a while back, he's 11" now.
Generally placid, lurks around under bogwood most of the time.
Likes to eat earthworms, bloodworms, dragonflies, crickets and chicken balls from the chinese takeaway.
Also ate a 4" Pseudotropheus Lombardoi recently after a friend slipped it in the tank without telling me - this type of Malawi is fearlessly and blindly aggressive which included bailing up Kurgen, which was kinda dumb as he's 11" long and possesses teeth.
He gets along with everything else and doesn't even harm the platies.
Description: Primary tank:
2xFluval FX5 filters
1x2500lph power head for home made under gravel jetting system
3x80w 4' light tubes (whoops, different K values, that's why the left side is whiter than the right, better fix that)
3x300w caged heaters
2xEheim 400litre filters
2xPlant gro tubes
2x300w fluval tronic heaters
Advice: Start gradually.
Dont over crowd
Dont over feed
Big tanks are easier to manage.
Dont skimp on decor as it reduces aggression between species and reduces stress on scaredy fish coz they can hide up.
Many plants are very sensitive to water chemistry, persevere to find the right type.
And buy decent filters and heating systems
Fish Kept: Various south american cichlids (dempsey, texas, brasiliensis, a few firemouths, cons)
Mbuna & Hemichromis variants
Bala sharks, black sharks, clown loach, other botia, ancistrus, pictus, synodontis, a dozen corys, danios and even a shoal of platies :)
A mad mixture of fish, but there's plenty of room and tank is stable and peaceful except at feed time.
Other (6ft) tank has guppies, platies, swordtails, corys, rams and a big ol' severum who's just celebrated his 8th birthday
Corals/Plants: Cryptocorynes, swords, anubias, vallus, canadian pondweed, water lettuce, dwarf water lillies.
For the bigger hericthys, fake plants are better although they don't like to eat java moss.