Discussion regarding only Lake Malawi species.
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:19 pm
Congrats on the cycle!!! I would monitor both ammonia and nitrite once daily or every 2 days for the next few weeks since you are stocking with 16 fish approx. 2" big.
Lighting cycle sounds just fine if you like. A timer would work well if you already have one.
Vertical installation of the heater is just fine, some people run it at an angle because the heater may be too tall for the tank they have. Just be sure the heater thermostat section has free water flow around it and the bottom portion of the heater is not buried in substrate.
What type of digital thermometer are you getting? The stick on the tank kind tend to not be very accurate IMO. I've used the regular floating type and just remove from tank after checking temps but now use the type with a probe usually for kitchen use since I have multiple tanks.
Wed Apr 01, 2020 4:24 pm
Yes it is a fluval edge stick on,
I have a kitchen temperature probe so I can definitely do spot checks with that too
Yes the thermostat is in flow and not buried
I will do every other day checks for ammoni and nitrite spikes
Fri Apr 10, 2020 8:09 am
6 labidochromis caeruleus juveniles (will add 2 more when I add 3rd species)
8 cynotilapia white top hara
Water parameter checks being done every other day
now time to sit and enjoy
Question, What would you add as a 3rd species, not asking strictly what would work as I’ve researched that thoroughly I’m really asking your personal preference what would you add to a 60 gal 4ft tank as a 3rd species
Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:00 pm
Pseudotropheus Elongatus Neon
Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:14 pm
This is 48x12. I would not do demasoni with 2 species already in the tank. Elongatus may need more room than 48x12.
Sprengerae was originally recommended. Latifasciata? Maybe. I have not seen them in 48x12 maybe too rambunctious for hara to color well but could be worth a try.
Fri Apr 10, 2020 12:45 pm
I have not managed to see any Spregerae in person their temperament attracts me I just am not sold on the visual without seeing it first hand,
If elongatus types are not ideal I have been leaning towards white,
Is there much between Metriaclima Callianos Zebra Pearl and Albino Socolofi ? As the shape and eyes on the Metriaclima are more aesthetic to me
Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:08 pm
That is the difference, metriaclima are blocky and socolofi are slim with the dorsal band. Either could work. Both would likely be tank boss.
Sat May 09, 2020 2:58 pm
Ryanblackheart wrote:I have bought my first Malawi’s arriving Friday 03/04/20
8 x unsexed 4cm White top Hara
8 x unsexed 4cm Yellow Labs
Hope your fish have settled in after their first month. Would you be willing to let me know where you ordered them from, and how the whole delivery process went?
I'm busy getting a second tank ready, and don't want to limit myself to using local shops if I can help it (once they re-open for livestock sales!). Haven't used an online seller before and am a little concerned about the fish being chucked in the back of a courier's van.
Sat May 09, 2020 5:18 pm
Where abouts in the UK are you Aconite..?
Sat May 09, 2020 5:24 pm
Just outside Sevenoaks in Kent.
Sun May 10, 2020 3:45 am
I’m planning on checking out Trop Co once they’re open again, as they’re only about a 15 minute drive away.
Seems most of the mbuna breeders in the UK are further north. I’ve not been able to find out about any in the south east.
Sun May 10, 2020 5:06 am
I used midlands Malawi’s experience was great And If using a courier worries you then just remember that’s how the fish got to your LFS
Sun May 10, 2020 5:13 am
The fish in your local fish shops got there by being chucked in a van too bro
Seller contacted me to arrange delivery
Livestock arrive happy healthy well packaged by 12pm the day of delivery
Sun May 10, 2020 5:20 am
I recently ordered fish from trop co. I was also concerned as I live in the north east, long distance for the fish. I put an order in at beginning of April, but couriers delayed delivery twice due to this virus, trop co kept me informed about what was happening and I finally got fish on 30th April. I expected them to hide as soon as I got them in tank but they didn't, they were exploring everywhere. Had them a week and a half now and couldn't be happier they look great and are feeding well. I would recommend trop co. Btw I got 5 blue dolphins, 5 yellow labs and 2 synodontis multipunctatus. I still have more fish I want and would definitely order from trop co again.
Sun May 10, 2020 6:07 am
Cheers. Nice to hear some positive stories and good to know the fish survived the experience.
Will see if I can arrange a pickup from Trop Co once things open up again, failing that it's a short trip for the courier. Will be a couple of weeks before my second tank is ready to go, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed things will be a little less crazy as far as couriers and shops go by then.
Fair point about courier delivery to LFS, Ryan! Midlands are another place I'd been looking at, so good to hear that.
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