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Decoration advice

Postby blondiii_ » Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:19 pm

I recently added a new trunk and fake plants to my cichlid tank. I feel like it might be a bit much and I just wanted to see if it looks too crowded with decorations? Or if it’s an adequate amount. Thanks!
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Re: Decoration advice

Postby Stu W2 » Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:26 pm

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder ... I quite like the trunks and artificial plants. I'd remove the pipe fitting and the garbage can guy. IMHO doing so will take the tank to the next level.

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Re: Decoration advice

Postby DJRansome » Tue Feb 09, 2021 11:41 pm

You have some very aggressive mbuna in the tank. You want to fill the tank with rocks so they have dozens of hiding places and territories to claim.
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Re: Decoration advice

Postby GuitarShark » Wed Feb 10, 2021 10:44 am

+1 to adding rocks. Fake decor is great but it doesn’t replace the natural stuff. I would also purchase smaller, finer substrate such as aragonite (crushed coral) because mbuna love to dig. With mbuna, the more rocks and stuff you have though, the happier they are.
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Re: Decoration advice

Postby blondiii_ » Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:09 pm

GuitarShark wrote:+1 to adding rocks. Fake decor is great but it doesn’t replace the natural stuff. I would also purchase smaller, finer substrate such as aragonite (crushed coral) because mbuna love to dig. With mbuna, the more rocks and stuff you have though, the happier they are.


I wanted to try to change the substrate but I was quite sure how to go about it, would it be too stressful to my fish to take them out and change it all?
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Re: Decoration advice

Postby blondiii_ » Wed Feb 10, 2021 12:11 pm

Stu W2 wrote:Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder ... I quite like the trunks and artificial plants. I'd remove the pipe fitting and the garbage can guy. IMHO doing so will take the tank to the next level.

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Yeah i know those two are ugly haha. But they all really enjoy swimming through the pipe and my boyfriend bought the little oscar the grouch so i figured i had to add it.
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