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    So I'm starting to setup my tank for the arrival of my mbunas next weekend, and I could use some advice on what else I can do to the deco to make it more eye pleasing. I was thinking of a black background (mbunas will be light blue, orange, and yellow) to really make their colors stand out. Right now I just have a towel hanging back there.

    I have 3 clay pots that I'm covering with pebbles, but I don't know where to put them. Or do you think I should stack them? I also have a couple good size pieces of lace rock and some black slate.

    Suggestions on how to finish? Do you think that plant should stay or go? (that air stone will also be hidden, but I'm not sure how I'm going to do that yet) I also have about half a bag of those golf ball sized stones.

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    looks good. Just make a little stack of slate also for extra coolness.

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    I am working up for a 29 gallon mbuna tank as well. I am thinking about some yellow labs and some powder blue scolofis
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    I thought about making my new 29g a malawi setup, but I have a krib that really needs a new home.

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    those are the two kinds I will have along with a couple of red zebras.

    I was trying to figure out how to do a little slate structure. I'm thinking like a sort of hotel. I'd have to put rocks in between the slate to make the caves, but I'll probably need to silicone all those so they don't come tumbling down.
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    I was going to get a bunch of 9x4x1/2" peices of slate and some 4x3x4" rocks and set rocks every 8 or so inches, then slate, then more rocks, altrernating untill i reach the top.
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    Hi Glasstapper..

    Everything looks good so far.
    I think the plant should stay. My Mbunas love to sleep in the plants.

    Just put as many flat rocks as you can and make sure they won't collapse. I know you already mentioned siliconing them, but I just wanted to make sure :-)

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    thanks, dude. Rocks are not a problem to find around here. My apartment complex landscaped their entire grounds with tons of different "river" rocks. All I have to do go around and pick out the ones I want (and make sure no one sees me!). I figured I'm probably going to go through about 4 tubes of silicone. LOL.
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    Hey Glasstapper....do you have a rotary tool? I took a grinding tool and made the hole in the clay pots bigger so that the fish could swim thru....they love it! Other than that our mbuna love loads of rocks making hundreds of little hidey holes. Hubby took a long piece of pvc pipe for along the back and stacks the rocks all over each other and the pvc. Basically, 2 pieces of "roundish" rock with a piece of "flattish" rock across the top all along the tank. About once a month he will remove the rocks during water changes and restructure them. If you choose to silicone (which honestly I wish he would, I have nightmares about these darn rocks tumbling down in the middle of the night breaking the tank) silicone them in small enough structures that you can move them around or in and out. It gives you more stability, but still easy to deal with.
    Good luck, the tank should be quite colorful when done!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glasstapper
    thanks, dude. Rocks are not a problem to find around here. My apartment complex landscaped their entire grounds with tons of different "river" rocks. All I have to do go around and pick out the ones I want (and make sure no one sees me!). I figured I'm probably going to go through about 4 tubes of silicone. LOL.

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