C0lin Posted January 14, 2009 Share Posted January 14, 2009 So this is my current aquarium with African Cichlids. I know it's freshwater, so don't hang me. I set it up about a year ago, and the rock on the bottom used to be all white. Since then, algae has stained it green, and I don't think it will get any better. The tank has an eastern facing window that has the curtain open about half of the time. I think being so close to a window causes a lot of the algae problems. Here's what I would like to do. I'm thinking about replacing the rock on the bottom with a black sand or gravel. I'm a little worried about the stress it would cause, and any negative impacts biologically on the tank. I'd also like to have some drift wood/lava rock/river rock and live plants. Would the cichlids or plecostamus eat the plants, and would I be able to go to a local quarry to get the rock? I'm thinking of some flat rock to build little holes for the fish to hide in. Something like this If I was to go down to a river and find some good wood, what could I do to make sure it's not going to harm anything? I'm sorry for all the questions, but I want my fish to be happy little buggers. Thanks in advance, and I love this place already. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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