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post #1 of 2 Old 11-30-2011, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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Lake Tanganyika aquascape


I am getting a plan on how I want to build my tank. I am going with cichlids from the rift lakes (mostly Tanganyika). I have a thread started about my stocking list, I am not 100% sure witch fish I will keep but here is the link my stocking thread. Guess I am looking for a "theme" I have sand for the bottom but I am wonder rocky/ barren/ forest/ combo....... I am not very familiar with the rift lake environments.
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The first seven photos below were taken in Lake Tanganyika by a fish hobbyist. The lake is rocky with a sand substrate; mollusk shells abound in spots, home of the shellies. Wood is minimal, but obviously there is some as shown in one of the photos. Vallisneria species are found in thickets near the shore.

A buff coloured crushed coral/aragonite sand would be ideal as it would maintain a high pH and hardness. Rocks should be fairly uniform in colour and type to look natural. I have seen beautiful aquascapes using jagged slab rockwork, and others using rounded river rock.

The last five photos are examples of biotope aquaria for this lake. Vallisneria is a good plant to use because it does well in hard water and it is native to the rift lakes.
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