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post #11 of 22 Old 02-25-2013, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Now did you just find the wood and rocks or did you buy them?
The wood is Malaysian dritftwood, I think I paid $20 for it. I attached the java fern to it myself and let it grow into the wood.

The rocks I have had for about 10 years. I have used them in a number of tanks. I collected them with a friend in high school when his subdivision was being built. Every time I am about to get rid of them i end up doing another cichlid tank. If you are thinking about adding a lot of rock to a tank, look into a landscaping wholesaler. The fish store marks rock up big time.
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post #12 of 22 Old 02-25-2013, 08:47 PM
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Well Im thinking about starting a Lake Victorian Cichlid tank in the future. So I'm doing my best to get ideas and stuff for the tank and I don't want to just do the norm I kinda want to go out of the box.

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Definitely check out landscaping wholesalers then. A friend of mine stopped at one and asked if they had any smaller pieces of slate he could buy and they let him fill up a 5 gallon bucket with anything smaller than his hand for $20.
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Wow thats awesome haha I kinda feel like I couldn't get that lucky

6 ivory apple snails | Jungel Vals
5 Lamp eye tetras | Cryptocoryne Wendys
2 silver hatchet | Anubias
2 Albino bristle nose plecos | Water Sprite
2 Kribensis cichlid | Water Onion
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same exact thing i did with my rock, mine is from a little stream from behind the house and some is from landscape supply. i have more rock then i can fit in my tank all fro around 20$ ive learned over the years to avoid the word "aquarium" on anything i swear it costs them 50$ just to print that word and they pass all that cost onto us.
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post #16 of 22 Old 02-27-2013, 02:32 PM
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The wood is Malaysian dritftwood, I think I paid $20 for it. I attached the java fern to it myself and let it grow into the wood.

The rocks I have had for about 10 years. I have used them in a number of tanks. I collected them with a friend in high school when his subdivision was being built. Every time I am about to get rid of them i end up doing another cichlid tank. If you are thinking about adding a lot of rock to a tank, look into a landscaping wholesaler. The fish store marks rock up big time.

What type of rock can you put into one of these tanks. Is it something you would want to not manipulate water chemistry or something you do?
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What type of rock can you put into one of these tanks. Is it something you would want to not manipulate water chemistry or something you do?
Lake Tanganyika has a ph of 8.5-9.0 with very hard water, so its not going to hurt to have calcareous rocks in the tank that will buffer the ph a little. Most of my rock is sandstone and limestone. Personally I don't worry so much about getting the water exactly like lake tang, especially with tank raised fish, I just want slightly basic water with a stable ph. My water out of the tap is decently hard and about 7.8-8.0 ph, so I don't really mess with the water chemistry too much.
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post #18 of 22 Old 02-28-2013, 12:35 PM
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Great tank! I was wondering if i could put a pair of Masked Julies( Alone) in a 10 or 15 gallon? Some books and websites say it is good. Opinions?
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post #19 of 22 Old 03-11-2013, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Update!

I'll start with the bad. I the last two weeks one of my julies killed the other two. It was surprising because I hadn't seen much aggression until after the first fish was dead. Anyway, I am just going to keep the one julie for now.

Now the good. I purchased a group of lamprologus stappersi online last week. I moved the two brevis to their own tank for now. I'm thinking they are both males at this point, but Im gonna wait a bit before buy any more. Here are some pics of the new fish.





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post #20 of 22 Old 03-14-2013, 10:36 AM
Looks really good, i do like sand covered aqauriums
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