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Greetings everyone. I am in the process of converting my 46g natural plant/community tank to a cichlid setup. Most of the plants have been transferred to a cycling 30g where I'll soon move my community fish.

My dilemma is that my 46g has a very coarse gravel (actually small rocks). I really like the looks, but some of the cichlids I'm wanting to get supposedly prefer sandy bottoms. I am wondering if it would be plausible to have areas of sand along with areas of the original rock. I was hoping the cichlids that prefer sand would naturally stake out those areas while the others would be content to live over the gravel.

Any thoughts, or opinions would be appreciated.
 

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I researched several cichlids, mostly South American (and a few semi-aggressive Africans. I'd imagine the diggers would eventually mix the sandy areas into the coarse gravel, but I could add more sand I'd think. What's the worst that would happen if I just kept the coarse gravel?
I'll be using the compatibility chart once I get up to speed on the scientific names. Hopefully I won't have to obtain a marine biology degree! :)
 
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