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April '12

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April '12 - Robert Mihalko's 395 L Tanganyika Aquarium. (Slovakia)

Our faithful Slovakian participant Robert Mihalko is back with another aquatic masterpiece. This time it's a Tanganyikan cichlid setup with an incredibly natural looking DIY styrofoam background!

Owner:Robert Mihalko, from Slovakia.
Setup:September 2010.
Dimensions:152x50x52 cm.
Volume: 395 L (nominal).
Filtration:DIY internal filters with biofoam TM 20 and TM 30 (12x12x30cm each, total 8.6 L) built into the background corners, run by 2x650 L/h water pumps.
Lighting:1x36 W Phillips Aquarelle T8 + 2x54 W 865 T5.
Heating:Tetratec 300 W.
Substrate:White sand.
Decoration:DIY styrofoam background and river stones.
Water:Temp 25C, pH 8.2, KH 16, GH 10.
Maintenance:30% weekly water change.
Fauna:Cyprichromis leptosoma 'Mpulungu', Altolamprologus calvus 'Black Pectoral', Neolamprologus leleupi 'Uvira', Lamprologus meleagris.
Comments: The background is home made, by carefully shaping styrofoam, then painting with epoxy resin and covering with sand. Tanganyika is the most beautiful biotope for me. Just enjoy!

If you'd like to submit an aquarium for Tank of the Month, just contact me.

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"Before" algae and cichlids

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"After" algae and cichlids

Photos taken by Robert Mihalko and displayed here with his permission.

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