#298: 1296L Biotope Aquascape Malawi: The land of make-believe

Adrian Radu Dumbravita, Romania


Even Malawi tanks can be overcrowded...
— Marco Aukes
A good representation of a Malawi biotope. Although I know that the number of fish are higher to deter aggression I feel that this tank is on the high side in terms of population numbers.
— Bailin Shaw

Aquascape Details

Dimensions 270 × 80 × 60 cm
Title Malawi: The land of make-believe
Volume 1296L
Background Akvadekor modules.
Lighting LED, 10.000K and 12.000K white, royal blue.
Filtration 375 liters sump powered by a 12.000 liters/hour return pump. Three different zones: prefiltration with nylon socks, mechanical zone with sponge biological/wet&dry filtration. Material used: Seachem Matrix.
Plants None.
Animals Labidochromis Perlmutt (3), Labeotropheus Trewawasae (5), Labidochromis Mbamba Bay (3), Cynotilapia sp. "hara" gallireya reef (4), Labidochromis caeruleus (6), Labidochromis caeruleus white "Nkali" (3), Maylandia zebra red top "Emilltos" (4), Pseudotropehus elongatus "Chewere" (3), Pseudotropheus flavus (3), Pseudotropheus Wiliamsi (5), Maylandia chrysomallos (3), Cynotilapia afra jalo (3), Pseudotropheus daktari (2), Metriaclima sp. "mbweka" (3), Maylandia aurora (4), Pseudotropheus saulosi (4), Pseudotropheus Johannii (6), Maylandia sp. zebra gold kakusha (3), Maylandia estherae marmelade cat (3), Tropheops "Mauwe yellow" Magunga Reef (3)
Materials About 120 kg of beach sand, 0.4-0.8 mm and a lot of natural rocks.
Additional Information Arduino controller for tank automation: lightning controlling for sunrise/sunset/moonlight, temperature adjustment, water addition in case of evaporation. Two internal wave pumps, 8.000 liters/hour. Continuous water change by drop, 8 liters/hour.

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