September '00 Week 4 - Pete's 470 Liter Haplochromis Tank.
The Mbuna Marathon ends with this very pleasant set up created by Greek-American hobbyist Panayotis (Pete) Lianos. The Haplochromis are a group of typically large, colorful and aggressive cichlids from Lakes Victoria and Malawi, although this genus has now been broken down into several sub-groups with new names. Regretably, after submitting the tank the owner did not get back to me with further info on his setup, so weŽll have to do with the info I could retrieve from his cichlid site:
Size: 470 L.
Lighting: 4x40W Fluorescent Daylight tubes.
Filtration: 1 Whisper 4, 1 Millennium 2000, 2 Powerheads.
pH: 8.0 - 8.5
Plants: Java Fern, Java Moss, Anubias.
Inhabitants: Champsochromis caerulus, Copadichromis borleyi 'Yellow Fin', Scianochromis freyeri, Crytocara moori, Nimbochromis livingstonii, Placidochromis electra 'Yellow', Dimidiochromis compressiceps 'Albino'.
OwnerŽs Comments: "I consider this my favorite tank. When I first got into fishkeeping, this was the exact tank I was thinking of. I believe there is a nice contrast of colors and what is called a "natural" look to the tank. Setting up a Hap tank is not very difficult, but there are certain things one must keep in mind. There should be a lot of rockwork with sparse planting. A tank full of nice rocks could rival any planted tank, I like to compare it to the beauty of the jungle and the beauty of the desert, or of a canyon. I try to check the ammonia and nitrite levels every two weeks, the nitrate level every week, and the other values very rarely as a periodic check-up. The substrate is 100% crushed coral. The rocks used in this tank were bought from a stone quarry. This allowed me to buy much more than I need for a very low price. From there, I stacked the rocks, small ones first, and added 2 powerheads in the rockwork to increase circulation through the rocks."
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Closeup of some of the tank inhabitants.
Corner view, before the fish went in.
Photos taken by Panayotis Lianos and displayed here with his permission.