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Ben Broadfoot

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  1. Ben Broadfoot

    Beginner question about water prep

    Thanks for these replies. The products you listed were particularly helpful. I've got a ~300 litre tank 5x1.5x1.5 and found a 300l drum for storing drinking water at bunnings, perfect
  2. Hi aceforums, I'm considering African cichlids for my next aquarium but have a few details to work out beforehand. If anyone could help with these questions I'd greatly appreciate it. My tapwater, after it's aged/aerated is at 8.0pH and 2KH. I'm yet to measure GH. Is there a standard way to prepare water for your tank each water change? e.g. tap into tub, add in X product to increase KH/GH/pH, add in dechlorinator, heat it up, then pump it into the tank. If so, what is the X product? I have a tub that's slightly larger than my tank for water changes.
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    Stocking method for all-male Malawi tank

    Thanks guys, it seems like there are a few quite different methods! none - what's a "reasonable proximity?" Days, weeks, or months? Buccal - I guess I should comfirm that the shop is happy to take them back first.
  4. I'm looking to setup my first Malawi Cichlid tank. I've had community tanks, Discus & Geophagus tanks, and am currently running a marine aquarium. The marine aquarium is fun because it's a little tricky at first, but you do end up with a small number of small fish in a tank. I'm looking forward to some larger fish (these still won't be large fish) because I saw my Discus more as pets than decorations, and I reckon my little boy (20m.o.) will love the larger fish. So I'm keen to have a crack at an all male Malawi tank. My Dad's storing an empty tank that's roughly 150*45*50cm (~340 litres / 90 US gallons) with a few canister filters that I can use, which I thought I'd start with (I'll check their capacity first). Having some experience with them I much prefer sumps, but this tank isn't drilled and is free. I guess I could have a crack at drilling. Anyway, my real question is that I've read some advice that I'm trying to reconcile: Introduce all of your fish at the same time, as juveniles, to manage aggression. For all-male tanks, add a bunch of juveniles for every single male you're trying to find, and later remove all but the most dominant male of that species. If I did this, I'd be adding a lot of fish (they would be small at the time) at the same time. At least five times the amount that I'd end up with I think. Can someone point me in the right direction?
  5. Ben Broadfoot

    Wet/Dry detritus traps?

    You've made my point for me haven't you? Wouldn't the detritus be stuck in the dry section of the sump? Whereas if it's floating around freely on the submerged media you can remove it every waterchange as it's suspended in the water column.
  6. Ben Broadfoot

    Wet/Dry detritus traps?

    I'm considering starting an African Cichlid tank. I've had Discus before, and currently have a marine tank running. But as I consider filtration for a new tank it seems that wet/dry filters are still popular in the African Cichlid world. They've been abandoned for a while in the Marine world as fully submerged media (in the form of live rock) handles all of the biological filtration needed. The dry components of the wet/dry sumps are seen as simply a home for detritus. Are there people running sumps just full of submerged media without the dry section? Isn't oxygenation sufficiently addressed via a weir/overflow? Thanks for your wisdom, Ben.