Critique My Tank

Discussion in 'Aquarium Aquascaping' started by SpeedyFish, Jul 1, 2018.

  1. SpeedyFish

    SpeedyFishValued MemberMember


    I just finished moving to my new place and setup my tank again. My last setup I had tetras, but now decided on setting up a small African cichlid tank for the first time. This is a 46 gallon bow front with two medium size Texas holey rocks. I will put a either a blue or black background whenever I can find a place to get one.

    I would like some helpful hints and advise since this will be my first cichlid tank.

    Should I add more Texas holey rocks?

  2. NavyChief20

    NavyChief20Well Known MemberMember

    More rocks. Look into Malawi cichlids. Rick sellers are great for that size plus they are pretty entertaining. Use some plastidip and spray the back of your tank black or go with a diy 3D back ground.
  3. HORNET1

    HORNET1Well Known MemberMember

    If you're wanting a solid color background, I suggest painting your rear glass with the color of your choice.
    Of course, this should only be done if you have a glass tank (not acrylic) and only using water based paint.
    It's easily removed when you want a change.
    I'm planning to change mine to a dark navy blue glitter background next week after the 4th Holiday.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2018
  4. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    It definitely needs more decorations.
  5. OP

    SpeedyFishValued MemberMember

    I'll buy some more holey rocks within the next few days. For the background I would have to use a sheet, or drain the water and paint the background.
  6. NavyChief20

    NavyChief20Well Known MemberMember

    You can paint the outside back of the tank with plastidip.
  7. HORNET1

    HORNET1Well Known MemberMember

    Frankly, I think you already have enough rocks, but that's just me.
    I would add plants (live or artificial).
    I much prefer live plants, but I suppose it depends a lot on compatibility with the fish stock you choose.
  8. OP

    SpeedyFishValued MemberMember

    I tried the plant thing when I had tetras and while they look good at first then all the sudden they start dying off and I had some snails hitch hike that caused me many problems. I'm looking to stock the tank with Pseudotrpheus saulosi and from what i read they prefer rocks which is better for me.
  9. OP

    SpeedyFishValued MemberMember

    Here's an update. I added some more Texas Holey Rocks. I will add the black or blue background when I receive it.

  10. Fashooga

    FashoogaFishlore VIPMember

    You don't have to paint can just buy some poster board at the dollar store and use that. That's what I did with my tanks. If I wanted to change it I just rip it off instead of having to scrap the paint off...
  11. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    It looks a lot better with more rock, and the background will help things stand out!
  12. OP

    SpeedyFishValued MemberMember

    I ordered a black and blue poster board since I don't have space to paint the back and don't feel like draining the water anymore.

    Thanks. I try to place the rocks as carefully as possible so they wont move or fall over. Hopefully when I add some saulosi cichlids they wont be able to cause the rock formations to fall. Now just have to choose either use the black or blue background.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2018
  13. OP

    SpeedyFishValued MemberMember

    The black background finally came in.

  14. Dawn Michele

    Dawn MicheleWell Known MemberMember

    Looks great!!!
  15. NavyChief20

    NavyChief20Well Known MemberMember

    Really like that black background. Gives it a nice finished look.
  16. Dch48

    Dch48Well Known MemberMember

    If you're worried about the rocks falling, glue them together so they can't. Superglue or even aquarium sealant would do the job. I would not leave them just sitting on top of each other. That's a problem waiting to happen.
  17. Jayd976

    Jayd976Well Known MemberMember

    I’d move the temp probe to one of the side panels or the back panel. Having it in front Just draws your attention to it.
  18. TheWalkman

    TheWalkmanValued MemberMember

    Adding the rocks looks great!
  19. aussieJJDude

    aussieJJDudeWell Known MemberMember

    Agreed... and filling up the tank a bit more (as a personal preference).
  20. OP

    SpeedyFishValued MemberMember

    Thanks for the input. I'll move the temp probe to the back.

    If I want to silicone the rocks together what's the best way to do that? Drain the tank half way and use silicone or add it while it's full of water? How do I find an aquarium safe silicone?