i need some advice about aqua-scaping a tank for lake Malawi cichlids. I'm big into biotopes, but here is what I have so far in the photo attatched. I don't know what kind of stone it is, anyone know? Can't really find granite here, i live in Shanghai China.
Also i'm not sure about the white sand, what kind of sand would be good? I'd like it to be as much of a biotope as i can make it. Some say white sand washes out the color of the fish.
Although I like the look of this:
but no idea if it is really biotope accurate.
As for rock placement, i'm thinking just using lots of smallish rocks to build up a natural kind of wall. The tank isn't that big, around 85cm long and 45cm high. But I don't want to waste the vertical space of the tank, and need lots of caves etc. I will overstock the tank to reduce aggression between fish.
Thanks for your advice, and if you can identify the type of rock that is in the tank in the photo of 'my tank' i'd really happy. It's the only type of rock they seem to sell around here...
This is my tank atm, i think the rocks are also too big, need smaller ones.