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Re: African Cichlid Rescue Mission -- Vector Check

PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:58 pm
by PVT-Kanaka
Aloha!

OK, algae on the glass is clearly going to be an issue. In my previous outdoor aquarium, a jungle of val (pun intended) kept algae at zero. This is not a bitope, by far, but I cannot believe any rooted plants would stand a chance. Would the cichlids leave along water hyacinth? It would be tiki-thematic, and it would be free. Both are nice features!

Thanks!
Eric

Re: African Cichlid Rescue Mission -- Vector Check

PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:50 am
by Crazygar
I think you should be ok with the Water Hyacinth, but ensure that they don't choke out the top layer of the water, after all, fish gotta eat.

Gary

Re: African Cichlid Rescue Mission -- Vector Check

PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 4:11 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Mahalo (Thanks)! I'll chuck some in tomorrow.

Re: African Cichlid Rescue Mission -- Vector Check

PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 3:51 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Update....

I did my usual 90% water change last weekend. All is well. My subdominant "male" mbuna, however, must, in fact, be a female based on two fry I found in the tank!

In conjunction with the water change, I transferred in the Peacock pair. After some territorial squabbles over coconuts, they, too are fine. The rest of the cichlids will go into their "forever home" when I do the next water change, which will be next week (I change 90% every two weeks in every aquarium).

The water hyacinth is keeping the water crystal clear and helping to minimize algae, and I got some porous stone-like filter media to improve biological filtration in keeping with a suggesting further up this blog.

I will continue to add coconuts, but I am shifting now to finding Tiki-klatsch. No luck on my giant Don Ho!

Aloha,
Eric

Re: African Cichlid Rescue Mission -- Vector Check

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:06 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Update....

Remaining mbuna, some flower shells, and some river rocks are all now in the still developing Tiki Tank (photos whenever I have enough Tiki-kitsch to make it worthwhile.). All is well, and the addition of the tank mates and hiding spots has made the original piscine pioneers much bolder. Interestingly, the peacocks seem to enjoy the cover of the hyacinth roots over the various coconut and flowerpot caves, which I, for one, did not expect. The only ones who have not enjoyed the switch are the now gone vector control guppies, though I expect their tankmates enjoyed them!

Filterwise, I have about 75-100 gph flow with two HOB filters. One has a medium for biological filtration. The other just has floss for mechanical filtration. This should tide me over for some time, though eventually I'd rather get one proper canister filter.

As long as mosquitos do not become a problem, the only additions to the tanks will be decorations (Still on the lookout for Don Ho!). If I do get a skeeter issue, I'll have to look for something bigger than guppies!

Barring a good photo from me or new issues, this should pretty much close this thread! Thanks to all who helped!

Aloha, Eric

P.S. As there is no point in wasting a perfectly cycled and now empty 26 gal. tank, I am already working on the next project. Jungle tank, anyone?

Re: African Cichlid Rescue Mission -- Vector Check

PostPosted: Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:32 am
by Freshwater Tropic
What size tank are these in at the moment. I only ask because 75-100 gph seems a little low for turnover.

Re: African Cichlid Rescue Mission -- Vector Check

PostPosted: Fri Mar 31, 2017 11:13 pm
by PVT-Kanaka
55 gal. I agree; it is low. If I need to, I'll up the water changes to 90% every week. They had been in a 26 gal for about a year with half the flow and a 90% change every other week. There was very little change water parameters (pH, hardness, nitrates, etc.), so I imagine that water will be relatively stable in twice the volume and with twice the flow, at least until some of the fry grow out.

Re: African Cichlid Rescue Mission -- Vector Check

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:23 pm
by Freshwater Tropic
Yeah, I just wanted to check. I know Cichlid tanks are often heavy in bioload. I also wasn't aware of what else, if anything was in the tank with them. Heavily stocked cichlid tanks usually need 3-4 times the turnover rate with their filtration.

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Re: African Cichlid Rescue Mission -- Vector Check

PostPosted: Mon Apr 03, 2017 2:30 am
by PVT-Kanaka
I appreciate the double-check. There are four adults, about 6 fry from several generations, and nothing else. This tank has been a slow-build using materials on hand simply to save the fish...and the pre-schoolers...from a bad situation!

Re: African Cichlid Rescue Mission -- Vector Check

PostPosted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:27 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Aloha,

Been a bit silent on the forums, which, overall, means "no problems." This tank is doing fine, and the fish are surviving the summer.
The mbuna have spawned; the peacocks have note. Population has remained the same, though, and I suspect removing the river stones for ease of maintenance has also removed good hiding places for fry. That is fine with me.

I have not added the Tiki-kitsch. Algae gets pretty thick on the glass, and my maintenance includes scrubbing it off the glass the night before a water change, letting the filters get, and then backflushing the filter media. This keeps the glass reasonably clear for about 1-1.5 weeks. Decorations beyond the coconut shells would add to the maintenance, I think, without adding to the joy. Also, given the need to access and backflush the filter media, I may decide on a big HOB filter vice a canister filter for this tank for ease of access, especially since the population has stabilized and / or is increasing very slowly, and massive water changes on an outside aquarium are little inconvenience.

Hope all is well!
Eric

Re: African Cichlid Rescue Mission -- Vector Check

PostPosted: Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:36 am
by PVT-Kanaka
Aloha,

I wanted to provide an update on this project. Below, hopefully, is a picture of the set-up:
Image.

This is right after its once-every-two weeks water change. Over the course of two weeks, the glass gets quite a bit of algae. This curtailed my interest in providing plastic tiki-kitsch. It would be one more thing to wash. That being said, I will continue to add coconut shells as the fish seem to like them which hopefully my poor photos convey...
Image

...and...

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Also, since I removed the bed of river rock I had been using, I've noticed fry don't tend to make it. The tank is MUCH easier to clean, but there are fewer nooks and crannies for the little guys to hide. I figured a few more coconuts could help.

This population control, however, has obviated an immediate need for a canister filter. One of my daughters wants to set up a cave tetra tank with a spare 20 gal "high" I inherited; if we get to that project, a filter will come off this, and a canister filter will be on my shopping list.

Given all is stable, I have no desire to add fish to the fill the top level of the tank, nor do I plan to add an algae control fish, either. Maybe with that canister filter, I would consider some giant danios or something similar, but the tank is enjoyable as is. Why mess with success?

Anyway, I don't think there will be much more to add to this thread, barring a Don Ho as a decorative centerpiece or significant change in direction for its inhabitants. I would like to extend my warmest and sincerest thanks to all those who took an interest in saving a pre-school's well intended but poorly reasoned purchases and making them colorful,living centerpieces to our outdoor d├ęcor!

Aloha,
Eric