Cichlid Fish Forum banner
1 - 9 of 9 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
123 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
Can you use medium sized, non holey rocks in a mbuna tank, and will they enjoy them or is it just a waste of space to have them? I have found lots of these in my back yard and really want to use them but not if my fish will not enjoy them, thanks
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
620 Posts
Absolutely Yes

my 75G has river rocks between tennis ball, fist-size and cantaloupe size covering the entire bottom and stacked several layers high.

THis makes for LOTs of interesting scooting aournd through nooks and crannies and littel baby mbuna popping out of hidey-holes and so on.

I have never been a big fan of single large holey rock.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
123 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Well i do not know about piling them, i do not have egg crate at the bottom and dont plan on removing the sand to do that any time soon, mikesl, can you post a pic of your tank? thanks everyone
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,323 Posts
There is a great deal of debate over whether egg crate actually does anything. Many people are of the opinion that it does VERY little, and so long as your rocks aren't stacked on sand(they need to be on the glass) and they are sturdy, there's no reason to worry about them falling.

I don't mean to start ANOTHER egg crate argument in this thread, if you have any questions concerning it, I'd do a search for something along the lines of "egg crate pros cons" and see what you can learn there. There are MANY multi page threads about it.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,323 Posts
You likely won't get enough rockwork to keep the fish happy, you'll constantly be battling detritus accumulating ALL OVER the tank, and you won't have any foreground. There's no reason to be nervous about stacking rocks so long as they feel solid.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
295 Posts
In my opinion, a large number of rocks creating caves and passages in an mbuna tank is as important an element as having water in the tank. :D
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
52 Posts
I have lots of big river rocks in mines and my fish love them. I hardly ever see my fish unless it's feeding time. My fish have dug their holes in between the rocks so make sure you set your rocks first then do the sand otherwise you could have a disaster.
 
1 - 9 of 9 Posts
Top