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Old 03-17-2013, 10:55 AM   #1
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slate in my Cichlid tank

OK guy and gals, I swapped some driftwood on a slate for about 25 lbs of slate for my tank. However i'm not quite sure how to anchor down my slate to put into my tank. Anyone have any ideas? I have several tubes of adhesive and calk. Would that work. Is it something I can pick up at Home Depot or Lowes? I am enclosing a pic of my current setup of my tank. My Africans seem to like it but I do see them hanging around the heater and plants looking for their own place.

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Old 03-17-2013, 11:14 AM   #2
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I wouldn't anchor it down with anything. I would just build.caves and hiding places with it by setting it on top of escorted at different angles, burying the bottom piece in the sub-straight so when the fish digg it won't shift and crush them.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:00 PM   #3
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Yeah, just angle it off each other. Or angle pieces together and use aquarium safe silicone to keep it together.

I see that you have the hollow log decor thing in the center. I have the same thing in my tank, do you like it? I really dont care for mine becUse none of my fish really use it. I bought it because it was on sale for $3. it's been in my tank over a year and starting to turn white. Sorry if I'm off topic here.
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:32 PM   #4
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Tetra, My cichlids absolutely love the center piece. They all love it and continue to use it. When I first set up my tank ( which i have had now for 2 months ) I made sure all my fish were the same size. By doing this I was able to keep the fighting down to a minimum. Now I do have a Pictus cat and she is the king of the roost. The spot directly under the log in the center is her spot and chases everyone out.
Now granted I did go bigger w/ her for the simple fact I didn't want my Africans to aggravate her to death.

Now with that being said, where can I get aquarium safe silicone? Is that something I can purchase at Home Depo or Lowes???
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They should both have it. It should say on the tune of silicon (safe for aquariums).
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Old 03-17-2013, 12:37 PM   #6
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Tube rather not tune.
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Old 03-17-2013, 04:56 PM   #7
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Tetra, My cichlids absolutely love the center piece. They all love it and continue to use it. When I first set up my tank ( which i have had now for 2 months ) I made sure all my fish were the same size. By doing this I was able to keep the fighting down to a minimum. Now I do have a Pictus cat and she is the king of the roost. The spot directly under the log in the center is her spot and chases everyone out.
Now granted I did go bigger w/ her for the simple fact I didn't want my Africans to aggravate her to death.

Now with that being said, where can I get aquarium safe silicone? Is that something I can purchase at Home Depo or Lowes???
I started off with barbs of various species and they really made use of that decor. Now the tank is a mixed community and nobody ever really uses it. But my cories and male Bolivian ram do chill under it.
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Old 03-17-2013, 05:20 PM   #8
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Hi,
I use broken pottery and mound it on top each other
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