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Old 02-21-2016, 10:26 AM   #1
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New African Cichlid tank. Rocks?

I've had this tank running for about a month and a half. There's 9 juvenile cichlids and one albino BNP. No two cichlids are the same. I've tried to go with the lesser aggressive species and tried to do all males. The guy at the LFS recommended I make one giant mountain of rocks in the middle going all the way to the top of the tank. Don't think I want to do that. It seems to me it's more about the hiding places than the amount of rock. Suggestions?
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Old 02-21-2016, 11:22 AM   #2
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In my experience its all about the hiding places not how high your rock stacks are... your tank looks good btw i personally would add more rocks but i really like a crowded tank with lots of rock

I kept adding rock to my 90 gal until i stopped observing aggression seemed to work for me

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Hiding spots are always good, in my opinion it's more about moving things around to lessen aggression. As they get older they will claim a spot for themselves, by moving things around every week or 2 they don't get that chance. Mbunas need these hiding spots more than the peacocks and haps.


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I'm planning to add some more rock. Not sure how much. I also have an anubius nana and a couple of java fern starts from another tank attached to the driftwood. So far no one has messed with them. Hopefully they will provide some cover too.
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Hiding spots but also break up line of sight. Mix it up, your tank looks good. If you see aggression redecorate.
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Old 02-21-2016, 01:22 PM   #6
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Kind of off topic, but I was wondering about adding salt to the tank. I haven't done it yet, and I know the LFS doesn't do it. Is it necessary? I saw Malawa lake salt at the LFS, but I thought I would do some research before I change the tank parameters. Good or bad for the fish since they haven't had salt added before now?
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I add salt to mine every time I do a water change.


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Malawi is a completely freshwater lake. I see no point in adding salt of any kind


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Malawi is a completely freshwater lake. I see no point in adding salt of any kind


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Malawi cichlids need a higher pH than most other Freshwater fish. Salt can help buffer/raise the pH. I add a tablespoon of marine salt for every 5 gallons of water for my mbuna tank.
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Malawi cichlids need a higher pH than most other Freshwater fish. Salt can help buffer/raise the pH. I add a tablespoon of marine salt for every 5 gallons of water for my mbuna tank.

So you get an actual buffer. Marine salt will typically reduce a full freshwater fishes lifespan. There is no true reason to add marine salt to a Malawi tank. Period. Not to mention most commonly kept Malawi fish are not wild caught and raised in neutral pH.


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