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Appearance is beautiful, but needs more rocks (unless those are all peacocks), LOL.
 

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Yeah that looks AWESOME!!!

I might suggest putting a pile of rocks somewhere but other than that great.
You should replace the old tank picture with this one. I really like that you have plants in yours.
Pretty rare to see in the hobby. :thumb:
 

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Looks really good, but I also agree on a few more rocks for some additional hiding spots. It all flows really well. Now you just need a black background to help with future fish pics. :thumb:
 

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Hello! I think your tank looks beautiful!!! ( I think the dark blue background looks very natural ) :thumb: Thanks for sharing!!!!
 

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Everyone said it but I say as well... awesome !!
Good job ! Love that more malawiaquarists put plants in their tanks.
 

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Looks great, I wouldn't change a thing...

I also have minimal rock in my tanks, and love the less cluttered look.

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Thanks for all the kind words. It had more rocks when I first set it up, but I could never make it look good. Not my thing I guess, kept all the extras though, in case aggression gets to be an issue later. I was torn between blue and black for the background, my kids decided on blue, so thats what it got. I might change it some time. The driftwood came from Uncle Bills, a pet store in Indianapolis, $35 each. As for the plants, well lets just hope they grow, first time I've tried live plants. I gotta say though they look much better than plastic. Again, thanks for the kind words.

Also it's a 5 foot tank, think I could get a fifth species in it?
 

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I Think it's gorgeous! I even like the background. I don't usually like blue backgrounds but this color blue looks real and really nice. I don't use alot of rock either and like it like that. Love your choice of fish and the wood too. Good luck with the plants. I tried some but the fish either ate them or tore them up :roll: .
 

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I'm old and half blind...What species do you have in the tank now? How many of each?

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It currently has 4 species, 7 pseudotropheus socolofi, 8 pseudotropheus acei, 4 labidochromis caeruleus, 4 metriaclima estherae. All are juvie except the estherae which are about 3 inches. When I can tell male from female with the socolofi and acei I'll cut them back to 4 or 5 each. I was thinking about Maingano for a fifth species. Really not sure if it's big enough for 5 species though, measurements are 5 feet long and 18 inches wide.
 

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The maingano would be fine with those, but I would remove either the estherae or yellow labs if you plan to breed. Those two species can cross quite easily.

The tank is large enough if you've got adequate filtration.

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Another vote for blue. (not that black wouldn't look good)
But most spend more time looking at their fish than photographing them - so if a blue BG and a low rock count make you and your fish happy, well done!
 
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