Malawi aquarium ....

paulyoung666

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Just wondering if anyone else has one , just getting started and was looking for any hints or tips you may have , just got 2 yellow labs and 2 blue (haps) I think they are lol , look lovely for the first 4 fish , what next though ? ....
 

NorvernRob

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I don't know a great deal about them, but read a few articles in fish keeping magazines a while ago and two of the main things are that you need to overstock the tank to disperse aggression and bullying, and it also helps if you arrange the rocks to break up direct lines of sight.

Great looking fish, it's amazing that so many different species have evolved in the Great Lakes.
 

gibbsy

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Malawis can be a little bit aggressive so the thinking with them is to have as large a number as the tank can healthily accommodate. If possible four or five females to one male. They are terrific fish and one of the few that do not need plant cover, good rocky bottom with plenty of hiding holes. If you do put plants in they will destroy them in hours.

With Malawis you have to keep a species tank. Anything smaller will just become expensive food for them. Oh and watch your fingers when your cleaning the tank. Little buggers will bite.
 

RottenFox

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Get some bogwood or similar so they have their own hiding spots, calms some of the aggression, like tunnels, or bogwood with hiding spots/shade.
They'll soon have their own spots, plant pots, bogwood/hiding decorations, and zero plants, unless they are the weighted plastic kind. and might be an idea to make the tank as non uniform as you can, as different types of malawi prefer different types of territory.
I miss not having my tank any more.
 

paulyoung666

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Just got rid of some bogwood and fine from tropicals to cichlids because of algae issues , when algae builds up on the rocks I can bleach them to get rid of it , I couldn't get rid of it on the bogwood :(
 

gibbsy

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Algae blooms can be controlled by watching your water quality. My 150 gallon tank was 20% water changed every week looking for zero readings across the chemical range which was essential for my Discus. My main problem with algae was caused by several spikes in the potassium levels through the water supply, gave rise to hair algae. Easily controlled by adding agents to the main filter.

I nearly went for Malawis but as they like the water less acidic than our local supply it turned out to be absolutely perfect for Discus.
 
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paulyoung666

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Tried everything to get rid of the algae and failed !!! , anyway , problem solved now lol .....
 

kedar301

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how beautiful...i keep tanganyika cichlids for any type of algae try Zebra Nerite snails they are beautiful and very active on algae. this statement come from years of experience with these snails. and best thing is ....they wont breed in malawi tank or any freshwater as they need brakhish water (salty+freshwater)
 

Jim Di Griz

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I love malawis! I havent got space for another tank but if I did Id be getting some. Proper characters if you know what I mean!
 

Jim Di Griz

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Malawis can be a little bit aggressive so the thinking with them is to have as large a number as the tank can healthily accommodate. If possible four or five females to one male. They are terrific fish and one of the few that do not need plant cover, good rocky bottom with plenty of hiding holes. If you do put plants in they will destroy them in hours.

With Malawis you have to keep a species tank. Anything smaller will just become expensive food for them. Oh and watch your fingers when your cleaning the tank. Little buggers will bite.
Bite?! Wow. Never seen them do that. Theyre usually a bit shy in my experience.

I used to impress people putting my hand in the pirahna tank...daft I know. Course, I knew, the pirahna are actually very shy indeed unlike say Oscars who will quite happily jump out of the tank to bite (suck!) your hand for food!
 

kedar301

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I had a bite from my shell dweller.

Mate if you want character then you can't beat Tanganyika cichlids
 
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adamdodsworth

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I've had a cichlid tank for a few years now and think they are great fish, closest to marine in my opinion for colour and variety. Have to disagree with the comment above about them being shy, mine are anything but and given the chance will feed from your hand!

As others have stated, try to keep stock levels reasonable high to combat aggression and I find it helps to re arrange the rocks often so they can’t get too territorial over one spot.

This is my 5ft tank, although it doesn't look that big in the picture!

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gibbsy

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Maidenhead Aquatics in Cardiff used to specialise in Malawis and they had a stunning display tank.
 

kedar301

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Thats a beautiful setup, for malawi u can have high level of stock. But thts totally other way around for Tanganyika
 

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