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Freshwater from Krugersdorp, Mogale City, South Africa

African Cichlid Tank

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Active within 988 Days

Name: Stokes' African Rift Valley Setup

Size/Category 71-Gallon Freshwater

Type: Glass

Shape: Standard

List of Fish:
21 - Assorted Malawi and Tanganyikan cichlids

Lighting: 1 X F30W/ACTINIC Coralstar (Blue)
2 X F30W/AQUA/174 10000K (White)

Filtration: -Built in Trickle filter
-Cascade Internal filter

Invertebrates: None

Other Accessories: Crushed coral substrate
AquaH2O 1000 Litre/Hour powerhead for current.
Hagen 200W Heater.

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Your tank looks Awesome!!! I wish I could get a cichlid tank looking like that!

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04/19/2014 04:22.39 PM Report This Comment
Sweet
Your tank looks Awesome!!! I wish I could get a cichlid tank looking like that!

Come visit me, Zoa Collection Tank.

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08/23/2013 10:46.45 AM
Good morning!
Just thought I would stop by with a vote and help keep your page going, lol! Hope everyone is well, sure the baby is keeping everyone busy!

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11/14/2012 04:04.32 AM Report This Comment
Hello!
just stopping by for a quick hello. Been enjoying a very peaceful weekend, all kids are out of town. I can see where I'm going to enjoy having them all moved out in the future hehe. Had a crazy week so this quiet is more than welcome. Weather is hopefully going to become a bit more wintery with some snow showers predicted tonight and tomorrow. I'll catch up on email later!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

02/26/2012 11:45.38 AM Report This Comment
Saturday Evening Hello!
Hi Stokes! Good to hear from you! Lots of "bugs" going around here in Raytown. Ours schools were closed a day recently due to so many students and teachers being absent because of the flu. We also have a bronchial virus about which is what I unfortunately have. Hate being sick...hate anything slowing me down!!!
Sorry to hear about the car accident. Did it involve another car? Since you said you were off work, you must have gotten hurt?
How does your daughter like the new school? Are there kids closeby that go to the same school? Here in Missouri we would say, Are there kids in your neighborhood? But I'm not sure that you refer to your different housing additions as "neighborhoods" there??
You asked if Kansas City was similiar to Iowa. There are A LOT more people here than there is in Iowa.
There are no bears here in my area. We actually have wild deer and fox that are trying to survive in what wooded areas are left. My husband was out walking the other morning and heard something strange and he'd come upon a deer by itself clomping down the city street. Kind of sad when you really think about it. A dog most likely had it running scared. It definitely took my hubby by surprise!! And just last week I was at a store called Wal*Mart that's just a minute from our house and a fox was in the parking lot looking for scraps. Have NEVER seen one out in a public place like that and as it ran across the busy highway my son and I were so scared it was going to get hit by a car.
Am so sad to hear about the witchcraft you have in your area. People burning others? And children being killed for human parts? Me oh my!
I'm very excited to say taht I purchased two krib cichlids for my 10 gallon tank. The male is gorgeous...so colorful. Have always wanted a cichlid tank and was happy to find some dwarf kribs. Hope to mpve them up to a 20 or 30 gallon at some point. Also recently got some blue dwarf gouramis for my community tank that are so pretty. The platties are nipping at them though....UGH!
The weather here has been so crazy. Much warmer than normal until last Wednesday. It is really cold here now...bitter cold. That wind will cut right through you if you're not bundled up. We have a chance of a big snow on Monday. We will see...my son is hoping we get some accumulation since he hasn't been able to play in any snow yet!
So sad to hear about the rhino poaching issues. What are the police like there? Is it hard for them to control helicopters coming in and doing such things? If a helicopter came in like that here we'd have SWAT teams and all kinds of police forces coming down on them.
There is bad and good no matter where you live. I appreciate you taking the time to write me. And to educate me to. About a place I have never been, and hear so much about.
Lav4 your beautiful tanks! Smiles, Rochelle

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02/11/2012 06:07.17 PM Report This Comment
Stokeymon!
How you be? Wanted to wish you a happy valentine's day! Hugs and smooches. Jack wants to know if you've been receiving any of letters he's sent lately? How is the family doing? Things safe and sound? That whole incident still scares me and I worry about you guys all the time. We've haven't been doing much of anything interesting, just riding out winter. Thankfully it has been a mild one. Temps in the 50's and 60's for January is a real bargain! I'll take it. Hardly any snow so far. I've been kept busier than usual at work. They have gotten rid of all our travel staff so we're down to bare bones to do all the work. People are stressed out all the time. We've been quite busy too which leads into overtime. We are still in the process of being taken over by a for profit corporation which will cut things further I'm sure. Other hospitals they've taken over are protesting outside the main headquarters building. Just when we thought it was bad.....it will get worse. Our government sucks, everything is going down the tubes. But I'm sure Jack has been all over that with you, lol! When I first met him I knew a few people named Jack so my room mates and I gave him the call sign "Gabby Jack". Well my friend, I miss my chats with you and hope we can resume on a more regular basis. Oh, btw, my tank looks horrible. We've been inundated with hair algae and the stuff spreads like wildfire. Nothing seems to want to eat it too. Fish are all fine but the stuff is crowding out other stuff. There's the fish input, lol. Talk soon.

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02/04/2012 07:03.59 AM Report This Comment
Greetings to you and yours!
Yes, our winter has been terrible, very very dry, have had many nasty wildfires that made national news even. Crazy. What color is your brothers puppy? They are such adorable babies! All pets here are fine, my old dog is really getting old now, this will be his last spring with us. My cat is ancient too, around 18 but isn't slowing down, still brings me a mouse, rat or vole as she finds them. Our yard and garage are quite rodent free, to the envy of neighbors. I'm starting to get more done in my art room, learning lots and loving it all. Even all the bandages hehe. Little miss will eventually get something, I'm just still learning a few things and well, only family gets prototypes, everyone else gets a more finished product cuz I'm OCD like that. I did send you a few emails to your work, which then bounced back with an on vacation notice. Good for you! Bet miss is loving all this daddy time! My dad used to take special days just for me growing up and we had lots of fun while he taught me a lot about wildlife and conservation. I haven't seen Paul yet, but I suspect you got to see a lot of the southern Nevada desert. It's quite different than ours, but still the same sage and rabbit brush and lots of brown mountains. We actually get all 4 seasons here. Well, usually, not sure where winter went this year haha. Glad to hear you got some new fins and shrimp, nothing like a new critter to ease the blues! Well, gotta get busy, I actually have some glass orders I'm working on and need to get working if I plan on making enough money to keep buying art supplies! It's a vicious cycle! Hugs and happy wishes to you and yours! One of these days I'll get the Skype thingy put on my 'puter and give you a chat!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

02/02/2012 11:02.34 AM Report This Comment
Just stopping off to say HI
So Hi, also voted hope to read you on the forums!

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02/01/2012 08:34.11 AM Report This Comment
Poor little miss
how scary for her. When I was very small, a boy I used to play with and I were goofing around in a red ant nest, he got covered but for whatever reason, they really didn't attack me. That was one scary day indeed. Car accidents are not fun either. About 6 yrs ago I hit a patch of black ice at night and my car got totaled, no one was hurt though. Sure do miss that car still! Our weather is crazy this winter, record highs in the low 60's, but still freezing at night, and dry, one of the driest we've had in a long time. UGH. Hopefully we'll have a super wet spring. Well, here's wishing you a better tomorrow and that the new year will become more friendly towards you and yours!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

01/04/2012 09:25.07 AM Report This Comment
Happy New Year!
Your tank is stunning!

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01/02/2012 02:17.09 PM Report This Comment
Monday Hello!
Season's Greetings to you Stokes! Enjoyed reading about SA. Such a different way of life than what we have here. We have to go to the Kansas City Zoo to see zebra, camels, lions, giraffe, ect. Actually enjoy doing that so much that every year we purchase a membership. One of the cooler things that we haven't done for years is go to a local park that has an animal enclosure with elk, bison and white tailed deer. You can actually feed them through the fence (apples, pears, and carrots) and the kids absolutely love it. They do tours which we've never checked in to. Nothing like your safaris, I am sure!
The HIV and Aids epidemic in SA is alarming. And devastating. I've watched shows on it...one that stands out was about "Aids Orphans." I can only imagine the emotional impact this has on these children.
I live in Raytown which is a suburb of Kansas City. Gangs are becoming more of an issue and crime is getting worse year by year. Kids are already bused in from the inner city (Raytown has accredited schools)and now that Kansas City schools have lost their accredidation (as of this new year) more kids will be given the option to be bused into our school district. The high school has already changed so much and the amount of disrespect is shocking. High school is NOT like it was when I was a teen. By the time my 10 year old is in high school we might have to consider other options if this down-hill spiral continues.
I finally got my little 10-gallon tank up and running and put my red betta, Winey, in it with an oto, snail, and many ghost shrimp. If I happen to luck-out and find some dwarf pea puffers then Winey will be back in his fish bowl.
The weather is so crazy here. In the 60's for several days. Just never know how to dress any more! Lol! Today it's colder and windy. I see 60's are creeping back in later this week though. Ugh! Makes for a hard time for us with allergies. Just ready for it to get cold and stay cold for a while. Is that too much to ask for?! Lol!
Hope you have a wonderful day! Lav4 your truly beautiful tanks. Smiles, Rochelle

Come visit me, KuhliLover & Betta.

01/02/2012 10:10.24 AM Report This Comment
Hello!
Hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season! Hope everyone is well!

Come visit me, reeffreak.

01/01/2012 05:45.15 PM Report This Comment
Saturday Hello!
And Lav4u! :o)

Come visit me, KuhliLover & Betta.

12/31/2011 09:48.51 AM Report This Comment
Monday Hello!
Hi Stokes! So nice to meet you! Really enjoyed reading your message. South Africa?! WOW! Had to grab our globe and see where Johannesburg is located. Think it's really cool to be able to blog with you being so far away. I'm in Missouri. Sounds way boring compared to SA! And the fish you have there are amazing. Just beautiful. I'm married and we have 3 kiddos (21, 16, & 10). Two daughters and a son. I work for the school district and love it because when the kids are out of school (for teacher planning days, holidays, or snow days) then I am off as well. Your daughter is on summer vacation and my kids are on Christmas (winter) vacation. We're actually getting some freezing rain as I type this. What is your weather like this time of year?
I have 2 dogs (plus my oldest has a dog here too) but I hate to say I have 3 because I'm in hopes that the oldest moves out on her own after college and takes her pooch with her. heehee! I recently purchased a Russian dwarf hamster that I adore. She is the sweetest thing. I have never had a snake and to be honest am scared of them...it doesn't help that we have a lot of garden snakes and I've had the little boogers coil up & hiss at me and some even strike at me which sends me running in the house and leaving my gardens untended. Lol! I Googled on your Taiwanese Beauty...how long have you had her? It says females can get up to 8 feet long? What size tank do you have her in? That is going to be one large snake...and it's a constrictor?!
I like birds but have only had parakeets and one canary in my younger days. Have never been around a cockatiel but use to watch my neighbors macaws quite often while they were out of town. One was sweet and the other was MEAN! They were both very noisy and when they moved & offered to give us one my hubby said NO WAY! Lol!
It is my hope to someday have a cichlid tank. I'm just learning about them and the variety of them is so great and equally beautiful that I find myself wanting all of them. Lol!
I have talked your ear off enough. Hope you have a wonderful week and hope to hear from you again soon.
Lav4u! Smiles, Rochelle

Come visit me, KuhliLover & Betta.

12/26/2011 09:20.43 AM Report This Comment
happy holidays!
Just a quick blog today, have lots to do. I hope you and your family's haves a wonderful day!

Come visit me, reeffreak.

12/25/2011 04:01.04 AM Report This Comment
Monday Hello from MO!
Leaving a v4 this tank too....BEAUTIFUL!!!

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12/12/2011 06:56.19 PM Report This Comment
Hey!!
I did not realize that you were in another continent. How are things in your neck of the woods? Here it is getting cooler every day and the snow is starting to stay. Have a great Day and I hope to read you on the Forums! Also voted.

Come visit me, Reef Keeper.

12/07/2011 11:54.00 AM Report This Comment
Hello!
What gorgeous tanks!! And beautiful fish! WOWZA! Leaving a v4u on both!

Come visit me, KuhliLover & Betta.

12/01/2011 08:04.46 AM Report This Comment
Hello!
I almost forgot we were fish buddies before email pals. Life is good, weather has been too mild for me though. Just dry and cold. We had some horrible fires in some areas around us, but our area was not in any danger. Tanks are doing great, my sewer was a big hit with my relatives over turkey week, and the goby also put in quite a show and gained some new fans. Now I'm enjoying a very quiet day, dogs are snoring, cat is too and thankfully I can't hear if fish do or I'd lose my mind haha. Kids are doing great here, the ones in school are excelling and the one who will go later is loving his job. My bf had his 50th on the 18th so we had some fun for that as well. I think lil miss would love the elephants once she got there. I'll catch up on email later, I'm about to drive the animals crazy as I need to vacuum. Of course, it's their hair that keeps the vacuum busy but try telling them that! Oh, did you ever get the dog?

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

11/29/2011 11:41.35 AM Report This Comment
Stopping by to say Hi!
So, HI. Hope to read you on the forums and Happy Thanksgiving to you. And Voted.

Come visit me, Reef Keeper.

11/24/2011 08:24.58 AM Report This Comment
Just... Wow. This is the type of tank I aspire to. Your fish look so healthy! That Venustus (Giraffe) Cichlid steals the show! Left a vote.

Come visit me, Cichlid Cube.

11/14/2011 07:17.49 PM Report This Comment
wow! you really have a way with words! haha, i haven't been on in forever cause i have been so busy with homework, its overwhelming! I hope you are doing better, and talk to you soon!

Come visit me, TheBrackishDragon( haven't been on in forever)!!!!.

10/06/2011 08:48.18 PM Report This Comment
Hi Stokes!!!!
Sorry I've been such a crappy shiner as of late. I do think of you often and Jack keeps me updated. He has all the time in the world now he's retired therefore plenty of time to write. I just seem to be so tired all the time when I get home from work and by weekend that I never seem to get any writing done. My guild in Castle Age has joined up with another guild who takes their battling a lot more seriously than we did. Now I have to pay attention for long spells of time with no distraction when I get home. If I didn't have a bunch of friends involved I'd probably ditch the whole thing. But I kind of like it, lol! Wish I still had internet access at work. That made it much easier to write to people when we had slow times. Hope you haven't had anymore trouble with outlaws. That was shocking and I'm soooo sorry it happened to you. Had Ceona and her husband over for another BBQ recently if she hadn't told you. Wish you were closer to be able to come too. Would be so much fun. Fish are fine. Lost a chromis a week ago. They all seemed fine then "poof" he was gone. Just looked over at the tank and I see a snail I have never seen before. Love how things just appear in a reef tank. Have a harlequin brittle star in both tanks. The one in the 55g tank has gotten big. He takes large freeze dried brine shrimp out of my hand. So neat to see him stretch out a tentacle to grab it. Like octapus arms. Thanks so much for the postcard. That was fun. We'll have to find a good one to send to you. Got to go to my guild festival battle now. I'll try to be better at communicating :)

Come visit me, Lizzy Limpet.

09/04/2011 05:02.49 PM Report This Comment
Hello!
Glad to hear from you! We are getting ready for a hurrican over here. I hope Liz gets through it alright, they are right on the coast. Other than that, not much going on. I hope we don't lose power! Hope to hear from you again soon!

Come visit me, reeffreak.

08/26/2011 06:44.43 PM Report This Comment
Hello!
well, I'm behind on blogs and emails with you! Been busy digging in the dirt and trying to get things planted. Now that I'm trying for things that are either year round or at least come back seasonally, changes the whole plan, not needing to have to many pots on hand to put flowers in and finding places for them permanently is harder than I remembered! How is lil miss? Did your company go home yet? How was having all the youngsters? How are fish tanks? I thought I remembered you saying you redid them, or one or something. Of course, what I remember and what actually happened are usually 2 different things hehe. Hope everyone is doing better after all the trauma, seems like crime is getting worse and worse, you'd think people would figure things out less violently by now, good grief! Here's to a more peaceful time, and hopes for a better future!

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

07/31/2011 07:20.44 PM Report This Comment
hello!
I thought it was bad paying $4 a gallon for gas, worse when you can't even get it! How are people supposed to go to work!? I don't know about unions... We are having union problems in our state. Our governor is raising taxes and laying off a lot of people because the unions don't want to make any kind of deals to balance the budget. So everyone one else has to pay the price. I told my husband that when we retire, I would love to get out of this state. We are in a heat wave right now. I just keep reminding myself of the record snow fall we had over the winter. Well, got to get ready for work, talk soon!

Come visit me, reeffreak.

07/20/2011 03:52.57 AM Report This Comment
That's cool. You guys have funny names for towns and stuff... Here, we don't really have discus fish. At least I've never seen them around. Have a great day!

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07/19/2011 01:45.43 PM Report This Comment
thanks so much
for the compliment and the truth about my boy, hehe. my friend takes the most amazing photos though. that one isnt one of her better ones. she dresses her dogs up in all kinds of things and takes photos of them for greeting cards. i sure hope she wins this time. sorry you have to go back to work. i know your daughter loved the extra dad time. Jingles sounds great. do you have photos? sorry about your snake. that just shouldnt have happened. and such a strange and bizarre way for your snake to die. you never would have thought something like that could happen. hot and yucky here and going to be even hotter this coming week. the heat just does me in. my ms doesnt like it or me when it gets this hot. not much going on here. so good to hear from you as it always is!! take care my dear friend. wishing you an awesome night and a super tomorrow too. love and hugs, Kay and Rufus

Come visit me, Blessed Way(Farewell my sweet Rufus, love you) & RW(Farewell my sweet boy Rufus).

07/16/2011 06:48.06 PM Report This Comment
Wow that's amazing! It must be wonderful there. Are you in the middle of nowhere or in a city sort of thing? Are your fish from the ocean or from the petstore? Have you always been in S.A.? Sorry 'bout the questions. I absolutely love the setup though, it's like aparadice for fish and their owners. Haha Have a great day!

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07/13/2011 01:29.39 PM Report This Comment
hello!!
So glad your back on fc! All is well over here. Dan is finally slowing down growing, think he is 6 foot 5 inches. Yeah, we grow 'em big around here!! How's your family? Your daughter must be growing fast, how old is she now? It's a shame you have to go through so much trouble with your fence to protect yourselves. And robbing wrestlers!!?? Unbelievable! Well, as always, while your cold, were hot over here. Going to a water park today, but I'm sure it will very crowded. We will be going to the beach next month for a few days, can't wait! I need a break from work. Again, glad to talk, don't be a stranger!

Come visit me, reeffreak.

07/09/2011 05:07.49 AM Report This Comment
howdy Stokes
so glad to hear from you. yes Rufus won. thank you so much for voting. a good friend of ours is going to be in this month's contest. i will probably email the link to you when i get it. hope that is ok. glad you are getting to spend some time with your daughter. they grow up so fast and you miss so much when you work all the time. i bet she is one happy camper with you home too. not much going on around here. hot and muggy most days. we did get some rain and we needed it. not as bad as some areas though. well hope you have a super night and a terrific tomorrow. take care my friend, Kay

Come visit me, Blessed Way(Farewell my sweet Rufus, love you) & RW(Farewell my sweet boy Rufus).

07/07/2011 06:42.58 PM Report This Comment
Haha, where are you from? I don't understand metric system. I think the setup is wonderful though. So you have never talked to someone from San Diego? Hope you have a great day!

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07/07/2011 06:32.30 PM Report This Comment
That's a random number for the fish tank... 71 gallons... hmm, i like the setup though!! It's beautiful

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07/04/2011 05:17.10 PM Report This Comment
Hello!
Kids are amazing weeds, my son is 6'5", stepson is 6'2" and both are slim and never stop eating it seems! Glad one of them is moved out, our grocery bill sure has gone down! All is well here, had a big bbq yesterday, along with 2 of the kids moving out and company popping in and out, we had a really wonderful afternoon/evening. Today we are digging out horrendous shrubs that I've wanted gone since we moved in. Not fun work but the front is looking better already. Just bf and I home today, and by next Sun only 3 of us will be here and my son works so much and then college coming up next month means we won't see much of him at all. Been a very long time since I haven't had a house full of kids etc, so this is a really nice change. I'm already getting used to it and sure hope they don't have to move back! Hugs to your family, and I'll catch up on email later this week.

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

07/04/2011 11:30.32 AM Report This Comment
Hello and thank you for stopping by
Thanks for stopping by. I love your discus tank, your fish colors are vibrant. My are around 5 months old and really don't have there colors yet ( I'm hoping). voted!!

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06/28/2011 11:26.58 AM Report This Comment
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06/01/2011 12:00.46 PM
hi stranger!
I know you have not been on for a mighty long time, but I just thought I would leave you a vote.

Come visit me, reeffreak.

03/05/2011 03:34.37 AM Report This Comment
just a quick peek
needed to look at the rockwork again, getting ideas for that future tank scenario I'm always plotting. How goes your spring? Fall here is quite lovely right now, lots of rain for a change and the colors are just stunning. Then again, it's my favorite time of year. All is well here, hope the same for all there.

Come visit me, SpazSewer, SpazBees, Gobi-Wan Kenobi & K-Spaz.

10/25/2010 07:35.07 AM Report This Comment
futbol/soccer/ball games
bet you are busy with the game indeed. I have followed none of it, we've been super busy and then caught nasty colds. ugh. But we had a great time on a trip I won to a ranch and wow, was it fantastic! Got spoiled, scored lots of goodies, great scenery, great food, made some friends, laughed a lot, took a lot of pics and whew, what fun it was! Hope all is well in your world!

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06/24/2010 01:24.00 AM Report This Comment
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