01-01-2013, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Sookielee
I am thinking Cichlids, perhaps a Lake Tanganyika community tank and both of the substrates are sand and should do well, but the play sand will probably win out.I will also have some plants, mainly grassy ones like Vallisneria and maybe some Java. Even though this is not typical for a cichlid tank, I love real plants in the aquarium and looking at pictures of the Lake Tanganyika area many water grasses grow near and in the lake perimeter.
Yes, Vallisneria is a species found in this or one of the other rift lakes, can't remember off hand. But with the hard water it will thrive.
For substrate sand in this setup you can use one of the calcareous sands, like aragonite/crushed coral. This helps if your tap water is on the soft side as the substrate will add calcium and magnesium to raise GH and pH. If you already have fairly hard water with a basic pH, this is less important, and ordinary play sand will work fine. I would prefer the play sand as its colours will be more natural, even here. You can also get rock that matches, which allows for a very unified aquascape that will be very authentic.