After my first attempt of setting up my very first tank I wasnt too happy with the layout. I think I jumped the gun a little and pieced together a tank too quickly and choose a fish I wasnt fully happy with (barbs and sharks). The tank seemed too crowded with decor. After much thought I decided I wanted to change the fish I had to african cichlids and this would require a different setup.
This was the old setup
This is the new setup. I still have 1 tiger barb, 2 mollys, and 3 sharks in there. They are all going back to store very soon....even though they seem to enjoy the hiding spots in the new tank. I used a glossy black background, 75lbs of smooth river stone and 2 potted live plants (cant remember the name).
I really wish I used black sand...maybe in the future.
1) How does the rock layout look as far as housing african cichlids?
2) Should I add more rock to the rear of the tank to bring the height up?
3) Since about 85% of my gravel is now covered with rock, how am I supposed to use a gravel vacuum in those areas covered by rock? Do I even have to bother? Or does the rock have to be removed?