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post #1 of 14 Old 04-17-2012, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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150 gallon cichlid pond

hey everyone i have a 150 gallon pond on my terrace in pune ,India. it stays warm here throughout the year and the lowest it gets outside is 7 degrees Celsius.so i have no problems with that but i do have a few questions and would be very nice if someone could answer them for me

1.It is a Cichlid pond-i already have 11 juvenile auratus and 11 juvenile kenyi cichlids in there. how many more can i put in the pond?? i want them to breed any tips or tricks??

2.the footprint of the tank is 3ft*2.5ft and it is 2.4 ft deep is this okay for cichlids?

3.i have a filter which filters 2000 litres per hour and the tank is approx.600 litres will this filter be enough?

the setup is all rocks in the bottom and 1/2 inch of sand as gravel the rocks are stacked about 1 foot high and i have made many holes and crevices for them to hide .....

75% of the water surface is covered by water hyacinths to prevent green water.

so how is this tank??


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post #2 of 14 Old 04-18-2012, 08:49 PM
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erm 7 degrees is cold, so you would definitely need a heater for those times.

I am very concerned about the length of the tank, 3ft (36") x 2.5ft (30") is not a whole lot of room even though the tank is quite deep, I really do not think this will be suitable for cichlids. There are 22 fish already going to going for not a lot of territorial space and you have some seriously aggressive there in the Auratus alone...it does not take long before they grow old to start breeding and once one male does, WW3 will start if there is not at least 7-8 females who are ready as well...

Chances are those plants will likely be eaten in some way, not to mention the root going into the water...how will you perform water changes and keep debris from entering the tank such as leaves...?

The sheer length of the tank alone is very worrying as that does not give a whole lot of swimming room..breeding particularly with Auratus alone, 1 male to 7-10 females and NO multiple males, they will fight to the death.

Honest opinion is I do think this tank is appropriate for keeping cichlids in, simply not long enough for that many fish...sorry

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75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #3 of 14 Old 04-19-2012, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks for letting me know..... Its on my terrace so debris cannot really enter the tank.... i love on the 11th floor. So how many fish do you think i could keep in there?


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Honest opinion is I do NOT think this tank is appropriate for keeping cichlids in, simply not long enough for that many fish...sorry.

Cichlids need space to be able to swim around in, that is lateral space not downward space. With your tank being short length ways then this may lead to aggression issues with that many fish in it.

Trust me a Male Arautus when in breeding mode is NOT a very nice fish, they are downright nasty and aggressive. This is way I never recommend these fish to beginners in cichlids. If you have 2 or more males in the tank then be seriously prepared to remove some once they mature, otherwise YOU WILL have dead fish, potentially the entire tank if the alpha male arautus feels like it.

These are just nasty fish and there is ZERO we as keepers can do to stop it, we can provide 1 male to 7-8+ females to try and stem aggression but unless you have a large tank, I mean 6ft+ then it is hard to stem it in a smaller tank.

If at all possible can you post a picture of the tank?

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #5 of 14 Old 04-19-2012, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah i think i will try my luck and go on with the breeding though i will be sure to do as you said.... ill PM you the pics on Sunday evening if that's OK with you. i don't have my camera right now...
im glad i can show someone some pics,Ive been working on the pond a lot nowadays and ill be happy to know what you think about it

i added a lot more rocks and coconut caves as well as pots to make more caves this evening.. the fish were all swimming around my hands checking out the new stuff


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post #6 of 14 Old 04-20-2012, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Update
my pond is now up and running well as well as my aquariums so i have started on another project...... another pond ,this one 17,000 gallons The measurements are length-26 feet,width-16 feet and depth is 5.5 feet. This is going to become another breeding pond for African cichlids (Haps,Peacocks and mbuna) as well as a Koi pond..pics up in an hour


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post #7 of 14 Old 04-21-2012, 01:00 AM Thread Starter
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Here are the pics of the 17000 gallon one...... the water is still green and i will be using plants to help this.
There is a pic of one of our cats too enjoying himself near the pond
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the pond itself has been up for about 3 months and the project which i have started on is just basically installing a filter,removing unwanted fish,getting the water clear and then adding the wanted fish to it


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post #8 of 14 Old 04-21-2012, 01:54 PM
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Looks lovely :)




Something smells fishy


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post #9 of 14 Old 04-21-2012, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks


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post #10 of 14 Old 04-22-2012, 02:38 AM
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wow,how i would love something like that. !

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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