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Tanganyika tank

Picture of Tanganyika tank

This setup housed another popular group of East African cichlids - those of Lake Tanganyika. This was the second larger Tanganyikan-type setup that I had done, and I've usually had one display tank and a few smaller breeding tanks for Tanganyikan's on the go at any one time. The setup above was based on a tank with a 48" x 18" base, which gave plenty of room for aquascaping. The picture above shows the right-hand side of the tank.

This tank was set up with a rocky decor to suit the Tanganyikan cichlids it housed. This consisted of 6 larger rounded boulders and lots of smaller 'Glenmore' cobbles - both obtained from a garden centre. The rocks have been piled in a rubble-pile fashion, and a scattering of shells added, to give a reasonable simulation of Lake Tanganyika's rocky habitats. A fine sand substrate was used.

The tank housed a number of different species during the time it was set up, some of which were moved to and from smaller breeding setups. They included different 'Julies' (Julidochromis species), Altolamprologus calvus, various Neolamprologus and Synodontis catfish. A shoal of Cyprichromis leptosoma livened up the open area at the top.

The tank was filtered by a Fluval 304 filter which had a broken pump head. Water was therefore forced through the canister by a Rio 1100 powerhead (322 Imp GPH) with a Hagen QuickFilter cartridge attached, which provided excellent mechanical pre-filtration. There was also a large airstone for extra aeration and circulation.



Tank 1
(Leiarius pictus)
Tank 2
(Siamese Tigers)
Tank 3
Tank 4
Tank 5
(Wolf Cichlid)
Tank 6
Tank 7
Tank 8
Tank 9
Tank 10
Tank 11
Tank 12
Tank 13
(Wolf Fish)
Tank 14
(Planted Tank)
Tank 15
(W. African)
Tank 16
Tank 17
Tank 18
(Wolf Fish)
Tank 19
Tank 20
(Nano Reef)
Tank 21
Tank 22-26
Tank 27
(Nano Planted)
Fish House
(Setting up)
Previous Tank Setups and Fish:
Southeast Asian Planted Tank Malawi Mbuna Tank
Tanganyika Tank Malawi 'Haps' Tank

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