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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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african cichlid scape

i rescaped a clients tank for african cichlids today, sadly all the plants are artificial but theres still a decent scape in there. this tank is in the boardroom of marketing/design company in melbourne, australia. i don't know all that much about africans, any suggestions on what i should put in there?? they want big and colourful...

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 12:10 PM
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You'll want Mbunas to take advantage of the rock scape... and that's about the limit of my knowledge about african cichlids.
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Nice looking scape.

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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-18-2013, 05:20 PM
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Mbuna will be colorful for sure - yellow labs and electric blues always get the ooohs and ahhhs, but they don't grow especially large and they do require water with a high pH.

They'll also breed like crazy and spend a lot of time poking around the rocks to hide.

Tank looks good - Africans don't usually destroy plants for fun like SA cichlids, so you could get away with live plants if the client chooses to have them in the future.
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Looks Nice!

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Big and colorful..sound like a Malawi setup. Go with an all hap/peacock setup.

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awesome set up

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thanks everyone, looks like we're going with mostly mbunas. they would mostly hang around the rocks. any other fish that would swim around the top that would be able to handel themselves and okay in hard water?
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Firefish cichlid?
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OMGGGGGG I love it !!! its soo sooo soooo nice
How big is the thank?

If its big enough Id say get a few venutus, because their pattern would match the rockwork, and also get some Peacocks like sunshine, ruby-red etc. Acei would also go in there very well !

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What size tank? A combination of Demasoni and yellow labs is always stunning.

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This is really hot. Good job, man.
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Very nice- great arrangement & different thx for sharing



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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-20-2013, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone, it gives me something to think about, the tank is a 6ft. im going back there in a few days to put the fish in....pics soon
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after filling:


this pic is from this morning, i added the first few fish, electric yellows and whatnot hope they don't dig too much!:
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