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50 gallons planted tank (mostly live plants and fish) - sorry for poor quality! I will try and upload more soon....

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Country: United Kingdom
Description: 240L fluval roma, fluval 306 external filter, cheap 2000L/min internal filter, 2 aquaglow 32 watt lights
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
Corals/Plants: valisneria, java fern, amazon sword, green cabomba (nearly destroyed by napoleon, my bad tempered cobalt blue!), water trumpet and others yet to be identified!
Tank Size: 50 gallons
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!

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