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New with the existing but put the new down first. The old stuff will have a ton of good bacteria on it, so you ...
New with the existing but put the new down first. The old stuff will have a ton of good bacteria on it, so you want to get the tank setup first and get it in as soon as possible with water and everything running.
Make sure the new tank temperature is near to where you usually keep it before adding the fish. Do not be too alarmed if the new tank clouds up a bit, it is from the new substrate and will clear in 24 hours or a few days at most and will not harm the fish.
Sorry ignore the top post couldnt find the edit button. Ok yes the tanks actually going in the same spot so it wont hurt the fish to have them in a 5gallon bucket? while i move the sand and stones over? Also ive been running HOB's. For the 125g this deff will not work out at all with mbuna in there. So im planning on a canister filter I dont wantto spend tons of money on this say no more than 250 tops. My LFS has some different Marineland ones and nexstars and petsmart has the Fluval one. Any suggestions on them?
Rena XP4 or look on ebay for the FX5 you can get them (fx5) for about $250+shipping which isnt a whole lot.
In my 180g tank, I had a Rena XP2, XP4, FX5 and Penguin 400 when it was a full mbuna tank before I changed it to all male haps and peacocks. The mbuna are now in a 75g tank and I have the XP4 and FX5 running on it. They will not be harmed by the flow rate. I have 2 x maxijet 1200's running on circulation mode and the fish love to play in the current. They kind of surf from side to the other.
Rena XP4 is a separate filter from the Fluval FX5. I have the FX5 loaded with ceramic media. The Rena XP4 does come with media, get more biostars though, there is not enough that come free with it but be effective.
Not trying to be critical, and it's just an observation and hard to tell in pictures...but the bellies on the mbuna in your original picture look pretty .... "big"? Even directly after feeding they really shouldn't look quite that big...so just be carefull not to feed too much. For a few reasons. 1. their digestive systems are long to begin with and can get clogged easily. 2. Makes the poo more 3. the excess will decay and spoil the water quicker.
Mbunas are greedy eaters and will ALWAYS look and act hungry. But moderation seems to be better for these fish.
MrMarc, Um not trying to sound mean or a SA. But they get fed once a day in the AM. they look healthy and normal in person as stated its a phone that i took the pictures with. But thank you for observation.,
On another note on my lunch break i went and picked up the Rena XP4 and a extra bag of those stars. And i also went ahead and ordered the Fluval XF5 just so that way im safe in the filteration part. Never hurts being over filtered right?. so what does everyone else use in their filters? for the chemical part?