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diy (10g cichlid background)

Just my 10g i am currently coating the background with quikrete acrylic fortifier liquid+quikrete quickwall cement(applying first coat to the background and sides). l still got halfway to go since im trying to make as many caves as possible for the future cichlids i plan to put in(still need advice as to what species i could keep since it will be my first time keeping cichlids since i've been usually doing community/planted type set-ups. If you notice in the center l kinda used a paintbrush to make the background seem a bit rugged or rough to make it look as natural as possible.l will post more pictures asap & all help is appreciated. i also listed some inspirational aquariums i happened to come across before making my own.enjoy
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The rockscaping that inspired me

Just some inspirational pictures l someday wish to have an aquarium such as the ones below.
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<<<No expert by any means

BUT...

I think you are going to have trouble finding cichlid(S) that you can put in that tank. You might be able to do a pair of dwarf cichlids of some sort--but the decorations you are making take up a lot of space. By the time you put a filter, heater, substrate etc in there-you will probably have a 5 gallon water capacity.

Cool idea, but I personally think you need a larger tank to pull it off.

I currently have ONE male pelvicachromis pulcher ( kribensis cichlid ) in a planted 10 gallon and as soon as my 50 gallon is setup I wam moving him to my current 29gallon with a mate.
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Yea l was thinking the same such a shame i put so much effort into it but i guess once i tear down my 40 it would give me something to work with.
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That looks really nice!

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the inspirational set ups or mines hehe? i just want to hurry up and finish it and posted it up so the viewers can see without screwing it up
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And here are the base lookalike rocks that will go with the substrate

l tried carving them out as realistic as possible with notches on the styrofoam. l used a marker to draw out before i started cutting to make sure i was happy with the look.
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the inspirational set ups or mines hehe?
Yours! But the isnparational aquarium look good to!

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Yours! But the isnparational aquarium look good to!
lol there shouldn't really be a comparison it would only lead to embarassment,im currently working on the upper half of the tank i still need to get a filter going by the reviews i'll probably get a aquaclear one. then i gotta worry about hiding the heater(fun stuff). One thing for sure this project will be breathtaking once it's finished just need a bit more time and then let it cure for a week or so. Only thing i'm debating is what color of sand i should use. l was thinking about using either black quartz http://www.championpartitions.com/im...kQuartz_77.jpg but probably wouldnt look the best against grey background
white/black http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co....lid_sample.jpg ooor
just plain white such as here http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_dLSVgS5AxB...and-gravel.jpg
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shell dwellers would work in that

55g planted
10g shell dweller
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gravel bed rocks set in place and 2nd coated background

as you can see in my first picture there was several pieces of styrofoam, well that's what on the aquarium floor as you can see on the first picture, i got a top view as well or tried to atleast :P tommorow i'll take a sample picture with black quarts just to see how it looks like hehe. i have a miscolored pices of styrofoam in the dead center i was wondering if i should lay it as it is or raise it about an inch above the center block so that the fish could swim in between, any suggestions?
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good idea! but don't you think that your tank a little too small for this.
ok, u have 10g tank, but when u put inside stones, cement, equipment - the volume get reduce...and fish will get not so much place to swim and live
but anyway good luck (waiting for a filled up tank's foto)

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good idea! but don't you think that your tank a little too small for this.
ok, u have 10g tank, but when u put inside stones, cement, equipment - the volume get reduce...and fish will get not so much place to swim and live
but anyway good luck (waiting for a filled up tank's foto)
yea who knows i might not do cichlids and just some other type of fish, l guess i just got caught up in the moment when making this tank i'll do my research thats for sure.
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im telling you do shell dwellers there cichlids

you can keep 2 pairs in a 10

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you can do more than 2 pairs, gold occelatus do well, neolamprologus multifasciatus would be my pick though, they are not as aggressive and look awesome in a large group...
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