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Alright, so I started out with a 38 Gallon, bought my fish and found these forums. I learned that my tank was too small to house my fish so I went out and found a 55 gallon tank on Craigslist.

This is how I first set the tank up



Not bad for a newbie in my opinion but after a few weeks I wasn't too pleased with it. So I went out rock shopping and came home with 30 lbs of black lace rock. Below is the initial setup of that...



Definitely a set up, but as it was pointed at to me here that my fish preferred the rock pile to the right more so then the one on the left. I kept it this way for 2-3 weeks but last night I purchased an additional 15 lbs of black lace rock. Now I am finally pleased as I feel that my tank has enough rock work and has some swimming room. Let me know your thoughts.



Sorry for the blurriness of the pictures, my camera is 5 years old and I don't use it a lot, but you should be able to get a good idea of the setup.
 

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Looks pretty good. The off center placement of the stacks is very nice.

I'd like to see a plain black background on it...

Do the fish still prefer the right side over the left? That might be a hob return thing.
They may (or may not) like the current.

Those are nice rocks. :thumb: I definately like it better since you added more.
Be careful not to scratch the glass when placing them against it.

It looks like your fish have grown!
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Oops, missed it, my bad. :)
 

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Har-de-har, very funny, Alleycat. :p
 

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If I had another way of hiding the ugly bubble wall I would move the rocks along the back to the left rock pile. I just love bubble walls, just not exactly how the unit itself looks :D
 

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I liked your very first set up too with the smooth stones. I have lace rock in my 46 gallon and love it. I think it was wise to add more lace rock. The final pic is very nice. I like the way you stacked the rock on the right to give it some height. Great tank!!
 

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personally I preferred the first scape, though minus the bubbles and plus a background.

also consider adding something like water onions (Crinum thaianum) that will give you a splash of green, and grows pretty well, the leaves should be fairly safe from the mbuna as well
 

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I used the river rocks in my other 55 gallon that is a planted tank. I'll get some pics of that one tonight and a better pic of the one above so you can see the differences between the two of them.
 

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Not the best at taking pictures, but you get the idea with these...



Here's a closer shot at the larger rock pile on the right.



Here's my other 55 gallon that I have on the opposite wall.



Yay tannins? Well here's a side shot of it.



And here's a little 5 gallon corner eclipse tank I picked up tonight. Yeah it was fully cycled prior to me adding the betta. This is a temp setup as I'm going to change the substrate and fully plant it. But the betta seems to like it so far ;) (you can see him under the tree root, he's a lil red guy).

 

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I think all tanks are beautiful. You can see the before and after and I like the after and the other tanks. I love everybody's tank :D You done a great job. Im also working on mine, I too got the tank given to me then I went and found the fish and then I found this website. I have completely redone mine to.
 
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