Malawi tank

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  1. JDV

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    Hi Guys

    So after some negotiations with minister of home affairs certain promises were made, things had to be done she agreed to another tank.

    so this is what I was busy with the last few weeks.

    My 4ft Malawi tank.

    Lights: 2x 600mm LED tubes
    Filters: 2x internal filter barely cycling the tank 4 time. this is temporary until I can buy a
    canister filer maybe I am lucky and someone sells one on the forum.

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    Looks very nice. :thumbup:

    Malawis like to dig and move the sand about.
    The gravel may be a bit big for that. If it's possible to swap to a fine gravel or sand, the fish may appreciate it more.
     
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    Thanks @Reedfish , lol ya these 2 guys turn the tank upside down in matter of hours. I had to close some of the holes so that I could take the picture.
    The big one do mouth full of gravel at a time, the small one moves the gravel one at a time.
     
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    :lol: minister of home affairs.................
     
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    Congrats @JDV personally I would remove that green forest background, and rather put a nice dark blue background on it distracts a person view of the tank. Go look on my thread The Tranquility effect.....
    My next tank will be a male only peacock malawi tank.....
     
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    oh yes would also rather add PFS to this malawi scape, maybe change around now before you get more malawis buddy :)
     
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    awesome thank for the advice. PFS I assume is Pool filter sand?
     
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    Yes that is the one, my lake Tanganyika tank has pfs in and they love it :) enjoy..
     
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    Congratulations @JDV, Hahhhaa you obviously a good negotiator!!!

    The tank looks awesome
    I do agree with the recommendation that PFS is better for them and if you can, rather change now than go through the whole process once the tank is established .
    PFS is quite cheap, depending on where you buy it, around R100 for 40kg. Just wash it very well first.

    As for the background, it looks nice but I also prefer a plain dark blue or black.
    Better contrast and doesn't distract your attention from the tank but, this is a matter of personal preference
     
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    Thanks Guys, quick question what is the best way to go about changing to PFS, I suppose I have to remove the fish and drain the tank?
     
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    You dont have to remove the water, just remove the fish place them in a nice big tub like those 60l black bins you get. place one of your filters in it and also a spare heater, quickly take all the old sand and rocks out, do this after you have rinsed your pfs out properly . then put the pfs in do the scape and make sure the water in the tank is the same then the bin where fish are housed temporarily
     
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    Thanks @hviviers75 how many bags do thing a 4ft needs x2?
     
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    If I recall I used about 1 and a half bag so about 60kg....
     
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    Thanks for all the advice guys.
     
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    @JDV... Agree with this but add the PFS with a bottle... as the sand falls out any remaining dust goes into the bottle to be removed
     
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    Hi @MariaS, you mentioned Yesterday that I should add the PFS with a bottle. I did not think about asking Yesterday, do I cut the top
    of the bottle off to get the sand in or out or how does it work?
     
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    Hi guys

    what can I use for a blue or black back ground?
     
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    Paint it, easy peasy ;)
     
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    I would go for blue.
    Black gives an over all gloomy look
     

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