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Old 02-21-2012, 09:18 PM   #41
 
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I'm still a bit confused... So I should put the flat holed rocks in egg crates? I don't quite understand...

Unfortunately, I don't have a breeder or grow out tank, only a quarantine, and I don't think its the best idea to put somee there. Got any other ideas on how to get rid of- i mean use it otherwise?
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:47 PM   #42
 
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You would put the egg crate down like this and then the rocks on top of it going up about 2/3 the height of the tank with plenty of caves / holes, then the sand on top of the egg crate
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:41 PM   #43
 
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ohhh... that makes sense.

Ok so the mbunas will be fine with just a bunch of these pretty much 2-D rocks? I dunno... doesn't sound very good to me. There doesn't seem to be much "caves" of sorts, right?
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:02 PM   #44
 
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Have a look here for some good cichlid rocks.

I had some and my fish loved them.
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Old 02-22-2012, 11:26 AM   #45
 
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hmm... I'm not sure if my budget allows it...

I saw some replica holey rocks for sale, can i buy them? because my water is quite hard already. And do you know how i could sell the old rocks and gravel I have?
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:34 AM   #46
 
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hello?
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:41 AM   #47
 
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Almost any rocks will work provided they are washed and cleaned thoroughly.

I tended to just throw my old gravel and sand away, never really considered selling it as was cheap anyway.

Haven't had gravel in my tanks for years, so dont know if anywhere / anyone would take it.
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:56 PM   #48
 
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I also read that because they are comprised of mainly calcium carbonate, shells will also increase the pH right?
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Old 03-07-2012, 10:04 AM   #49
 
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all right!

I've started up the cycle with 12 giant danios that the store gave me to start the tank. (they said i could return them for store credit if i give them a sample of good tank water), so yeah, that's going on.

I also browsed through all the fish stores in my area, and i found that none of them had pseudotropheus sp. acei. The clerk at one of them told me that those fish are generally rare in the aquarium business. She also told me that pseudotropheus zebras were very common, and they require similar care. I also liked the zebra look quitea bit, so is this true? can i keep zebras instead of the aceis?

The lady also told me that cynotilapia afras were not very common in the fish trade, either. She said they get them now and then, but the one afra i saw in her tank looked nothing like this: http://http://www.africancichlids.ne...fra_cobwe1.jpg, more like this: http://http://www.malawiizmir.com/wp...-dorsal-II.jpg, so i didn't really think it was as cool as before... are afras similar to the first url common or is it some sort of rare color morph? I like the yellow and blue afras a lot more than the drabbish gray and vaguely orange ones.

I did a test and found my water already has a pH of 8.0.. is that enough for mbunas, or should i add some shells or something to make it higher?

I'm also planning on getting some sand from home depot, they sell them in huge 50 lb bags..is that enough? Could you also give me a few tips on how to take care of sand? I remember reading a while ago about like sand creating "anaerobic bacteria" or something.

thanks!
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Old 03-07-2012, 11:34 AM   #50
 
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I've started up the cycle with 12 giant danios that the store gave me to start the tank. (they said i could return them for store credit if i give them a sample of good tank water), so yeah, that's going on.
Wow.... personally I wouldn't buy fish from that store. Using fish during the cycling process is extremely detrimental to their health. Even if they survive, their long term health is compromised. For cycling, if a person insists on using fish, you should really only use fish you intend to keep.

I'd really be angry if I found out the fish I bought had been used to cycle someone else's tank

Here is a good article on how to cycle a tank without fish. A bit late for that... but learning from mistakes is part of life. http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/
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