240G Frontosa
240G (about 300G system volume incl. sumps)

January 2012

Brief Description of Tank
Please visit www.fmueller.com for more than 40 web pages with hundreds of photos all about this tank - including plenty of tips how to set up your own!

General Information
Filtration DIY Sump System
Air Pump Nope
Heater 2x300W Via Aqua Titanium
Lighting 4x Double Strip T8 Shoplight (4')
Substrate Black T-grade 3M Color Quartz
Rocks Ohio Top Rock (Sandstone)
Background Ohio Top Rock (Sandstone)
Plants Java Fern, Java Moss, Echinodorus, Cryptocoryne, etc.
Feeding Almost Exclusively NLS
Other UGJ, Automatic Water Change System, Moonlighting - the works!

Water Parameters
Temperature: 80F pH: 7.8 gH: 9 kH: Nitrate Level: close to 0

Fish List
20 Leleupi (Neolamprologus leleupi)
4 Brevis (Neolamprologus brevis ‘Ikola Sunspot’)
12 Cyps (Cyprichromis leptosoma ‘Utinta’ and ‘Blue Flash’)
6 Comps (Altolamprologus compressiceps “Gold Head’)
20 Petricolas (Synodontis petricola ‘dwarf’)
12 Bristle Nose Plecos (Ancistrus sp.)
10 Frontosa [Cyphotilapia sp. “North” (Burundi)]
100 Julis (Julidochromis marlieri 'Gombe')

User Comments
Mar 28, 2007
WHOA awesome tank! It's funny how I'm always the first one to comment your tanks and then you end up getting tank of the month! I see you've done the background like your Bolivian tank.
Mar 28, 2007
Mar 28, 2007
Wow, Lots of Fronts! I've only got 7
Mar 28, 2007
This is a freaking awesome tank!
Mar 31, 2007
Why you haven't had a "tank of the month" beats me! Fabulous tank. Keep up the good work.
Apr 1, 2007
Amazingly Impressive Tank! With an INSANE amount of Fronts lol! Great loOking tankmates as well! You make me want to get some leleupi's too!
Apr 15, 2007
sweet looking tank and nice looking fronts. You should enter that one pic in the POTM contest if you havnt done so yet. How do the fish like the 3M quartz sand? Have you ever had any problems with it?
Mar 15, 2008
All I can say...that might be the nicest tank I've ever seen! And...I can't wait to do the same thing...
Feb 27, 2009
Thats a awesome tank. Those Fronts must be Huge by now. Any updates of your tank?
Mar 12, 2009
My god!!!!
Mar 12, 2009
I love everything about this tank. The fronts are amazing. I wish i could afford to have a tank like this.
Mar 13, 2009
the tank pic looks like a poster. the contrast of the fronts against the plants, WOW!
Mar 13, 2009
yo nice fronts and tank yo
May 31, 2009
awesome tank and great choice of fish
Jun 4, 2009
amazing! seriously!!
Feb 18, 2010
Fantastic setup! I never liked frontosa until I saw this tank, haha
Jan 3, 2012
WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing.....I have never liked frontosa's because when they get older they become ugly brutes. But by far the best tank in the world
Jan 5, 2012
Awesome....have u raised these Frontosa to this present size ?? or they were in this size when u have introduced them in tank??
Jan 5, 2012
Many thanks to CF for the TOTM award. I apologize that my web site is still down, but I'll consider the award an encouragement to get it running again ASAP. You can see a few videos in my YouTube channel - search YouTube for fmueller. I often get asked how I manage to keep all those smaller fish with the big Frontosa. Unfortunately I don't think there is a fail-safe recipe, but in addition to an 8' tank you also need lots of good luck. When I put 50 small Frontosa into this 240G, I knew I would have to thin the herd, and I never expected to be able to keep the other fish once the Frontosa mature. Nobody is more surprised that it has worked so well than myself!
Jan 6, 2012
It's always been one of my all time favorite tanks. Congrats!
Jan 12, 2012
First thing I think of and feel when I look at this is... Africa. Nice work!
Jan 16, 2012
Jan 22, 2012
Nice man,nice
Feb 13, 2012
Thanks for all the compliments. For what it's worth, fmueller.com is now back online!
Jun 15, 2012
All I can say is WOW! Absolutely the nicest tank I have seen. Also, your photography skills are off the charts.
Mar 13, 2013
Apr 9, 2013
A step up in display and photography.What kind of camera was used?
Apr 9, 2013
Those photos were taken with a Canon Rebel XT (350D), lens was EFs 17-85IS, but I dare say you could take those shots with any DSLR and kit lens. You might find this post useful: https://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=241410

Last Updated: January 2, 2012

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