03-19-2009, 04:40 PM
| || | New to hobby and need some advice.
I kept a small aquarium many moons ago containing community fish.After moving house the aquarium got stored away and hasn't seen the light of day in 10 years. I never fell out of love with the hobby just never got around setting up the tank again. But my desire in recent times has been reignited by cichlids, I am fasinated by them. So I pestered my better half until she succumbed to getting me a Fluval Vicenza 180l aquarium. I am hoping to keep some dwarf cichlids . I will probably have nomerous questions over the coming weeks and I hope to get some good advice here.
My first question relates to the background I am building ( styrofoam method ) as I think this is a better option than a paper stick on one. Is it ok and safe to have the heater behind the background as I would like to have it hidden and would I need to have gaps in the stryofoam to aloow for water movement. Because the external filters ' pipes ' are preinstalled on the bottom of the tank they will remain in front of the background and I will hide with some rocks or bogwood but its the heater thats worrying me.
Hope somebody can help and any advide is greatly appreciated.