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rock caves/hiding spots?

Postby newmbunaguy » Sat Oct 24, 2020 7:04 pm

Do I have enough? is the placement bad, ie; too high?

Sponge Bob or nah?
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Re: rock caves/hiding spots?

Postby DJRansome » Sat Oct 24, 2020 8:21 pm

Make patches of substrate with rocks in between to make a space for each male (and lots of extra spaces so they can choose and some are left empty). The male will hover over his patch of substrate and the rocks will block his view of his neighbors.

With one big rock pile one male can try to claim the whole thing and chase all the other males away. It is high enough.
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Re: rock caves/hiding spots?

Postby newmbunaguy » Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:19 pm

might you have a pic of this?
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Re: rock caves/hiding spots?

Postby DJRansome » Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:36 pm

Somewhere on the site is also a diagram of this, but here is what I found.
https://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/vie ... 9&start=30

Page 3 a pic of rock 5 piles on a bench. This was for a 72" tank so figure 3 rock piles for a 48" tank.

If you look between the piles you will see that a male could hover over the substrate with rocks behind and on both sides...glass in front. Same idea behind the rock piles. Eight male territories with four in front of the rock piles and four more in back of the rock piles. Females can lurk in the rocks above and swim around/through to escape.

This will give you the idea, there are many ways to achieve male territories that have some way of blocking sight lines between to some extent.
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Re: rock caves/hiding spots?

Postby DJRansome » Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:54 pm

This one has the diagram at the bottom of page one.
https://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/vie ... p?t=222971
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Re: rock caves/hiding spots?

Postby sir_keith » Mon Oct 26, 2020 12:09 pm

Two piles are better than one, three are better than two, etc.
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