JBL Malawi Rocks®
Rocky reef aquarium JBL Malawi Rocks®
The Malawi Lake resembles a coral reef with its colourful fish. In addition the cichlids display some very interesting behaviour: they brood their eggs in their mouth. Anyone looking for a colourful aquarium with very lively and interesting fish, will find it in the JBL Malawi Rocks®!
Malawi cichlids belong to the most colourful freshwater fish and their mouth brooding is one of the most interesting breeding behaviours of all fish. Since cichlids are territorial fish and they strongly defend their patch and therefore fights often occur. This is why it is important to create hiding places and territorial boundaries with the help of stones and plants. Because of the fish’s aggressive behaviour, it is difficult to add fish at a later date. However should you need to do this, it’s best to separate a part of the aquarium with a partition pane where you can add the “newcomers” until the stock is accustomed to them. Only then can the pane be removed. Please take this into account when setting up the aquarium.
Modelled on nature
The Lake Malawi in Africa has developed quite a unique fauna over millions of years. The cichlids have evolved to adapt to the lake’s diverse habitats and developed endemic (only existent there) species. Even within species colour varieties have developed since rocky reefs are often separated by large areas of sand, which are a natural barrier for the fish. This way a species can be blue monochrome coloured in one spot and blue striped 1000 m away at the next rocky reef. Many species from the shallow water (up to 15 meters in depth) are grazing fish species which scrape the growth (algae with microorganisms) from the rocks. Other species are predators which feed off other fish and their brood. Plants are only found in a few areas of the lake shore. Most of these regions consist of sandy areas with stones.
The decoration to suit your JBL Malawi Rocks®
Here you can see which substrate and plants you need for your aquarium to look like a piece of Lake Malawi.
Here you can see the exact plant location and species in the aquarium. The letters characterise the plant species, mentioned above.
This outline shows all the technical products you need for the Lake Malawi themed aquarium and a price quotation to give you an idea of the costs involved.
The animal stock for the rocky reef aquarium
The following animals suit your Lake Malawi aquarium:
Dwarf Lake Syno
Video about the setup of the JBL Malawi Rocks®
In an 8 minute video we show you how the completed aquarium will look like and how to set it up step by step
How to maintain your rocky reef aquarium
2-3 x daily as much as the fish can eat in 3 minutes.
Experiencing the habit up close
A JBL expedition has already taken us to Lake Malawi in East Africa. In our report you can find out what research findings our team brought back with them and the many photos will give you an impression about the beauty of this habitat above and under water.