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  1. #1

    Default have you set-up a rock-heavy cichlid tank? I could use some help aquascaping.

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    I just inherited a 45 gallon tank from a friend that I'm eventually going to use for my firemouth once I find good homes for the fish that came with them. I've looked at a bunch of pictures of some really nice looking cichlid tanks but for some reason I can't translate that to a nice looking tank of my own.

    here's a picture of what I have that kind of displays what I'm working with... Any suggestions?

    I just set it up so it's a little hazy. sorry

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    You've done a fairly good job or creating caves where they can seek shelter. You might want to try using fewer rocks and open up the space between them, then using the driftwood as sort of a roof. I'd try opening up the middle of the tank a bit so they have adequate swimming space while creating structure toward the back and sides for them to retreat into.

    Is the tank\filter cycled so the JDs don't suffer from ammonia\nitrite poisoning?
    Last edited by Taurus; 09-03-2013 at 07:24 PM.

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    Fewer rocks is a good idea. It looks cluttered, unbalanced and boring. I'm reading about "the rule of thirds" if you are familiar with that, to help with placement, but this could look a lot better!

    It is filtered with an aquatop cf 300 canister filter and the filter it came with, a marineland emporer 280 power filter, that has fully cycled media.

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    Unbalanced is good, but I do agree about less rocks. Instead of one big rock wall make a couple rock piles and build them up with the driftwood. In my opinion, the less symmetrical the better, make the rock piles uneven and not centered.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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    So here's I came up with...

    One little caveat, though. This tank now belongs to the two Jack Dempsey cichlids I inherited with this tank. When I got the tank it had these to JD's a HUGE oscar, and a large pleco. The oscar didn't make the transition (RIP) and the pleco has been re-homed. I have called every LFS in my area and nobody wants them, or has room for them, and they have been on craigslist ever since I got them with no response.

    I know this tank is now GROSSLY overstocked. They each have their own cave to retreat to (the female to the left under the bogwood, the male in the cave under the slate rock to the right) but they get along well most of the time. Often times they share the cave to the right, but recently the female laid eggs on the bogwood, then took up residency underneath it. I don't believe that they were fertilized, though they were both acting like it was, taking turns guarding the area for about a week. Yesterday I saw them fight for the first time where it appeared that the female was trying to fight the male away from her area. The male retreated to his cave, then the female went over to him, attacked him briefly, then went back to her home. Hmm...

    Now they are acting like a happy couple again, following each other around

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