Well I am t-minus 3 days to my 30th b-day :;jawsWhile I am not too excited about the milestone, I am excited that I have just gotten hubby approval to start o my 55 gallon tank as an early b-day gift. I want to make it a dwarf mbuna tank. I want to work very slowly on it though, as I am still pretty new to the hobby and I am still settling into my 29 gallon community. I already have the tank (it was an amazing deal...at least I think it was. 55 gallon marineland/fluval thick glass for $69.99). Today I am going to look at tank stands. I also want to start thinking about substrate and rocks. Any advice on sand types? I like the look of lighter white speckled with black sand (do not know what the name of the sand would be). I am also thinking about looking for rocks soon. Any suggestions on rock types? My tap water tends to be on the softer side (pH 7.2; kh - 1 drop changes; gh - 2 drops changes). I have been adding crushed coral to my tanks to raise the KH. For the cichlid tank, I wonder if there are any rocks in particular I should be looking for in order to raise my KH so I do not risk a pH crash. Thanks!