Thank you! I started out just buying a few fake rocks from petsmart. Rock was so expensive from LFS's, I could not spend that much money at once so I slowly added a pc here and there. There is a pc or 2 of holey rock, red lava rock, black lava rock, lace rock, and there are a few pcs I do not know the name of. Then I added 2 pcs of fake plastic coral for more color. I also had a few pcs of dead coral from tank purchases off of craigslist. Then the real boost came when a co-worker gave me a huge box of dead corals from their old saltwater tank they had in storage.Trackerdude said:This is awesome! I never considered corals in fresh water - absolutely amazing. What have you found to be the best avenue to find colorful coral to use?
Thank you for sharing!
Thanks for the compliment.VivaGardner said:Are most of the rocks touching the back glass or do you leave room for the fish to fully swim around them? I'm not really sure on how to place the rocks. Thanks so much
I think that was a little rude, i think the fish seem fine since there are hiding spots and they are feed, its like saying should i use slate or cichlid stones? Either one would work.jdthomas2789 said:looks totally un-natural, if u like it I guess that's all that matters. Feel sorry for the fish though
I take no offense nor wish to offend you. I've heard this stated on many forums and many topics and I still don't understand this rationalization. The fish like to hide and dart in and out of things, what "those things are" does not affect the fishes happiness whatsoever. They could be natural rocks, plastic rocks, flower pots, pvc pipes, tree branches, heck you could throw in a box full of your old childhood action figures and the fish would be just as happy as having rocks found in Lake Malawi herself.jdthomas2789 said:looks totally un-natural, Feel sorry for the fish though
Thanks you!Fandango2014 said:Those pictures are AMAZING. I have a 90 gallon too although it has different dimensions. Do you add salt to the water to have Malawis?
Not a big fan of trying to make a fresh water tank look like salt. It is my dream too to one day be able to do a large saltwater reef tank. My main holdback is cost. Everything on the salt side of the hobby is way expensive. The cost of the lighting system alone is in the thousands on dollar range. fish, live coral, live rock etc... the costs are just so much more in salt.trader_sam said:That has to be the best Cichlid tank I have ever seen. But I would have gone with saltwater, I hope to move back to salt eventually. I know you must have already had saltwater or your tank wouldn't look as it does. Great job, the coral compliments the fish and the fish compliment the rock