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Hobbyist Gallery - Esben Sebastian Karlsson

Esben Sebastian Karlsson, Denmark  e-mail:   esben@minireef.dk

The two photos at the top show my 250 l. AkvaStabil aquarium with Pangea cichlid stones.

General Information

Filtration

Eheim 2028

Air Pump

-

Heater

Tronic

Lighting

2 x 36 watt

Rocks

Pangea Cichlidrock

Background

Pangea

Feeding

3 times, with OSI, Tetra Sticks, Tetra Flakes, Cyclops

Water Parameters

Temperature: 26°

pH: 8

gH:

kH: 8

Nitrate Level: 0

Fish List

10

C. Leptosoma Jumbo Kitumba VF

7

C. Leptosoma Jumbo Kitumba F1

The two bottom photos show my 250 l. AkvaStabil aquarium with Pangea Rocky background and caves.

General Information

Filtration

Ehiem 2252, filter behind the background

Heater

Tronic

Lighting

2x 36 watt

Rocks

Pangea Caves

Background

Pangea Rocky background

Plants

none

Feeding

3 times, OSI, Tetra stick and flakes, Cyclops

Water Parameters

Temperature: 26°

pH: 8

gH:

kH: 8

Nitrate Level: 0

Fish List

5

O. Ventralis Blackhead

 

MCH Verdict

This Cyprichromis tank and also the other Ophthalmotilapia aquarium look absolutely stunning! There is no technical equipment visible, the rocks look very natural and there is a slight understocking what can only be beneficial for the inhabitants of these tanks because there is much less stress on the biological filtration ... Of course plants don't really belong to a Lake Tanganyika cichlid setup and the dark bottom in the Cyprichromis tank is also debatable, but overall these tanks look pretty close to "reference" tanks. Well done!

The tanks look EXTREMELY natural (Pangea articles although expensive, look simply great), the few plants are (despite not 100% "biotope related") correctly inserted in the aquascape – in other words they look "real". Fish seem to enjoy this environment; is there a carrying female in the second picture? My - personal – taste favors the second layout (subdued light present in both tanks and it is nice that he didn’t use a lighter substrate which would look too "shinny"). On the other hand the first tank looks a bit too dark, but I will also admit I don’t like Cyprichromis that much. As far as the technical stuff is concerned I would like to add some remarks: Good looking tanks are in principle both well kept AND well equipped. A fellow relying on Pangea items to decorate his tank will hardly choose "second best" filters, lights, pumps etc.

This tank is unique in the sense that the owner relied on expensive items for its decoration. The result is simply an aquarium that looks almost as natural as it can be. The virtual depth created by the Pangea plates is simply stunning – and very difficult to be created by any other method. I know of some hobbyists which use Styrofoam plates to emulate this but the result doesn’t even come close enough. The use of plants makes the tanks look even more natural and the fish simply enjoy their stay in those small wonders. The absolute elimination of all technical stuff from the tank adds to this illusion. In this particular aspect, it is a reference tank. The plants used in those tanks may not be present in Lake Tanganyika but this is something you notice only after scrutinizing the pictures. When judging such a tank you have to look hard to find weak points – even if they are there. I think that the owner has done a great job and deserves a really high rating.

 
Overall rating by MCH :  88/100

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