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February '05 - Cristiano Frade's 430 L Cichlid Tank. (Brazil)

Brazilian aquarist Cristiano Frade projected this entire location of his new house just so he could enjoy this large tank. His cichlid collection certainly looks healthy, exuberant and happy to be in there!

Owner:Cristiano Frade, 31, from Belo Horizonte MG (Brazil), 5 years of fishkeeping.
Setup:October 2004.
Dimensions:156x50x55 cm.
Volume: 430 liters (nominal), 350 liters (effective).
Filtration:2x Hagen Aquaclear 300 and 1 Seastorm 100 powered by a 402 powerhead by Hagen.
Lighting:2x40 W fluorescent on for 10 hours a day: Aquaglo and Arcadia Actinic.
Heating:300 W Visitherm.
Substrate:3 cm of well washed pool filter sand.
Decoration:4 large volcanic rocks.
Others:Timer for turning lights on/off.
Water: Temp. 27C; pH 8,0-8,5; KH 10; GH 10.
Fauna:1 Frontosa, 2 Labidochromis 'Yellow', 3 Aulonocaras - 1 OB and 2 others, 1 Julidochromis marlieri, 1 Leleupi, 1 Venustus, 1 Gephirochromis moori, 1 Jewel Cichlid, 2 Sciaenochromis fryeri (couple), 3 Daffodils, 1 Epalzeorhynchos bicolor, 1 bristlenose pleco.
Maintenance:25% weekly water change and cleaning of filters as necessary.
Comments:I've recently moved and set up this tank in my new house. I've had planted discus tanks, but African Cichlids, besides being very pretty, are extremely hardy and the tank is less troublesome than a planted tank. I really liked the result of this setup, especially the pool filter sand as substrate. The bottom is nice and white, it was a bit of trouble for the inicial rinsing, but it's cheap and looks nice. The greatest challenge for this tank was the stand project, since the underside opening spans the entire tank, and since it weighs about 550 kg, I had to project a stainless steel tube structure built into the furniture.

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Photos taken by Cristiano Frade and displayed here with his permission.
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