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New 125gal Aggressive Dwarf Mbuna Setup

Postby Cosi » Wed May 13, 2020 4:34 pm

I upgraded from a 90gal to 125gal a few weeks ago and Im really happy with the way it turned out so far. The 90gal was a mbuna tank that had been running continuously for the last 15years. I moved the fish, filters, heater, and rocks from the 90 to the 125.

Here are the main details of the 125gal:
Custom wood stand and canopy
Caribsea African Cichld Sahara Sand
200-300lbs of lace rock
Universal Rocks Rocky Castle Rock Background
2X 36-48" Current Satellite Plus Pro with 3X Orbit Light Arm mounts
4X API/Rena Filstar XP-L/XP3 canister filters
4X Aqamai KPs wavemakers
Ehiem Skim 350
2X Hydor ETH 300W (only needed one)
Hi/Lo Temp Alarm

Hard to tell from the pics below but there are essentially 4 freestanding rock piles with very minimal contact with the substrate. So essentially there is a big cave (or two) under each pile. The piles all have interconnecting rocks including my "fry hotel" which are suspended between the piles. Im still looking for another ~100lbs of rock to add. During the day there is a lot of current in the tank with four canisters, a skimmer, and four 1050gph wavemakers. The wavemakers cycle through different constant flow and wave patterns throughout the day. At night the skimmer turns off and the wavemakers turn down to minimum flow. The substrate stays spotless everywhere with this setup and the water stays very clean. The current also keeps the fish muscular and active. They can rest at night or take cover in the rocks anytime.

Waterchange station:
75gal/day 5-stage RO
75gal vertical storage tank
300w heater
Pondmaster recirc and transfer pump

Final Stock list:
11 (7F/2M) Metriaclima Zebra Dwarf Manda [O-morph femalaes]
22 Chindongo demasoni Pombo Rocks
7 Labidochromis caeruleus
11 Pseudotropheus perspicax Orange Cap Ndumbi (1-1.25" fry)

Now for some pics and I apologize for the picture quality. Im having a hard time getting clear shots with accurate color due to the glare from two windows and reflections from substrate.
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Re: New 125gal Aggressive Dwarf Mbuna Setup

Postby Dooner » Wed May 13, 2020 6:48 pm

Very nice.
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Re: New 125gal Aggressive Dwarf Mbuna Setup

Postby Deeda » Wed May 13, 2020 8:08 pm

The new tank and set up looks great!! I also love that you included the equipment list and a very nice and neat job inside the stand.
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Re: New 125gal Aggressive Dwarf Mbuna Setup

Postby Cosi » Wed May 13, 2020 9:23 pm

Thank you. FYI this setup has a peak flow/turnover of 40X and 10X at night.
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Re: New 125gal Aggressive Dwarf Mbuna Setup

Postby Cosi » Fri May 15, 2020 4:11 pm

Just a quick update I have at least 4 more females holding in just the last couple of days. 2 demasoni, a yellow lab, and the dominant female zebra dwarf. The zebra dwarf are turning out to be an aggressive fish. Even the females are aggressive and a doing a lot dominance displays, posturing, and chasing each other as well as the other species (male or female). A few more pics. The color rendition is closer but a bit grainy.
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