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Hi

Finally got my tank set up today (97 us gallon). I'm looking to transfer all my rocks, filter media and about 50 gallons of water from an established tank. Can I basically start adding stock once i've done this?

I purchased 6, what were called yellow tailed violets!! yesterday (in a holding tank just now) on the understanding they were yellow tail acei. I apologize for the really poor photo's but do they look like the Acei to you all?

Thanks for taking the time looking, my first time with Malawi






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Ps. acei is the fish and nice tank.
 

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Congratulations!!!!

GlasgowA, this is indeed good one!!!!

After transferring water from old tank you can start stocking, IF in old tank you use to have cichlids or some other fish that require hard water…

Several suggestions if I may..
-You must add more rock, a lot more
-Since it is near the door I advise you not to concentrate rocks on that side but on the other side, since Mbunas find shelter in rocks, best way is to let them have their peace in "quiet side" of the tank…if you know what i mean…

What species do you intend to purchase and stock???
 

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Cheers Nimboman and xclub

I am thinking of the following stock, maybe 6 of each. Should have introduced the Lab first but my LFS had the SP Acei and they wouldn't be there for long.

PSEUDOTROPHEUS SP ACEI
PSEUDOTROPHEUS SAULOSI
LABIDOCHROMIS CAERULEUS
CYNOTILAPIA AXEIRODI

I have added more rocks, some water and the media from another tank I was selling so all should be fine for the little guys and yes I will be adding a lot more rock. It's just the finding it or the expense of buying it (the ocean rock cost me £9).

This is the first time with Malawi's as was keeping SA Cichlids before and the tank and the Acei have certainly not disapointed :)

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My friend, why purchase rocks when you can find rocks in nature and use them??? No matter how much money do you earn don't be lazy try to find some rocks out there…

If I have purchased my rocks I would be flat broke until now...
Find some stream, if you can, and get some nice flat rocks in there. Clean they, boil them and that's it!

If you don't have any stream near you, just add any kind of rocks that you can find, round ones, flat ones…just make sure that all of them are not too sharp, since Cichlids are fast swimmers, they chase around each other and this way you will avoid any harm.
 

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My friend, why purchase rocks when you can find rocks in nature and use them??? No matter how much money do you earn don't be lazy try to find some rocks out there…

If I have purchased my rocks I would be flat broke until now...
Find some stream, if you can, and get some nice flat rocks in there. Clean they, boil them and that's it!

If you don't have any stream near you, just add any kind of rocks that you can find, round ones, flat ones…just make sure that all of them are not too sharp, since Cichlids are fast swimmers, they chase around each other and this way you will avoid any harm.

and about your choice of species it is absolutely ok...my little suggestion is to try to find in your area C. afra (Cobue) or C. afra (Jalo Reef) instead of Axelrodi if you can…they look so good..I don't have an opportunity to purchase them… jet… but when I find them they will be mine…
 
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