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Tank is a 40 long (4ft). Yes, it's centered, with basically just enough room between the rocks and the glass for my hand to wipe down the glass with a sponge or get a hose in to clean. Fish are actually currently MIA - I decided I wanted to try a different group than what I had so cleared them out...and the replacements haven't come in yet ;)
 

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Sinister-Kisses said:
Tank is a 40 long (4ft). Yes, it's centered, with basically just enough room between the rocks and the glass for my hand to wipe down the glass with a sponge or get a hose in to clean. Fish are actually currently MIA - I decided I wanted to try a different group than what I had so cleared them out...and the replacements haven't come in yet ;)
Thanks for the info. So, did you have L. caeruleus and Cynotilapia sp. "hara" in there, as noted in your signature? How long did you have them in there? How did they do? I really like the way your tank looks, but many sources say it's better to have at least 2 separate rock piles instead of one big pile, so that a single dominant male doesn't try to claim the whole thing. Was this an issue for you?
 

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Yes, those are what I had. They did really well, but the hara females just got lost and the labs really popped in my set up. So I decided to change it up and do a species tank with saulosi. Still waiting for them to come in. No, one male didn't claim the whole thing...there were 5 males overall who were content with their "nook" for the most part.
 

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I don't know whose tank this is. It's just a picture I found online. The rocks look similar to mine in terms of size and shape; so if I were to try to build a high wall by stacking my rocks, it would probably look something like this. How can a pile like this be stable (unless it's leaning against the back glass, which I thought was a no-no)?

 

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Without knowing more I'd just be guessing but perhaps they have been siliconed together. Regardless, it's not a configuration I'd risk.

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Holy **** that rock work makes me cringe lol. I HOPE they are indeed siliconed like Stu suggested, because that is a sketchy AF rock pile that I would never trust in one of my tanks.
 

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Sinister-Kisses said:
Tank is a 40 long (4ft). Yes, it's centered, with basically just enough room between the rocks and the glass for my hand to wipe down the glass with a sponge or get a hose in to clean. Fish are actually currently MIA - I decided I wanted to try a different group than what I had so cleared them out...and the replacements haven't come in yet ;)
If I'm not mistaken a 40 long is only 13" deep (front to back). I'd be interested in seeing a photo taken from the narrow side of the tank, just to see how narrow the rock pile is in profile.
 

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Yes, it's 13" deep. Tapers off towards the top a bit...like I said, I'm not totally happy with it and will be adding some more I think. But there's just barely enough room for the heater at the bottom between the rocks and the glass, and enough room for my hand to wipe down the glass on the sides and front.
 

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Yes, it's 13" deep. Tapers off towards the top a bit...like I said, I'm not totally happy with it and will be adding some more I think. But there's just barely enough room for the heater at the bottom between the rocks and the glass, and enough room for my hand to wipe down the glass on the sides and front.
I think it looks great! It has a kind of stark simplicity that will allow the fish to be the true "stars" of the tank. The tapering off towards the top probably helps with stability, and it doesn't detract from the aesthetic at all. I wish I could do something similar in my tank, but I don't think it's possible with the rocks I currently have. Since my tank is 4" taller than yours, I'd need to stack my rocks higher to achieve the same proportions. That's not really a problem. The real problem is that my rocks are larger, smoother, and rounder that what you're working with, and so it's very difficult to stack them high.
 

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Sinister-Kisses said:
Yes, those are what I had. They did really well, but the hara females just got lost and the labs really popped in my set up. So I decided to change it up and do a species tank with saulosi. Still waiting for them to come in. No, one male didn't claim the whole thing...there were 5 males overall who were content with their "nook" for the most part.
Off topic.... How many mbuna can you keep in a 40 long?
 

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I like 2 species that are small and peaceful with 1m:4f of each.
 

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Sorry, lost track of this thread. As it is intended to be a saulosi species tank, I'm aiming for about 12 females and 2-3 males. Otherwise, as DJ stated before me.
 
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