Iwagumi hardscape for malawi's.

Discussion in 'General Planted Tank Discussions' started by Martin Osmond, 2 Oct 2015.

  1. Martin Osmond

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    Hi guys, I hope it's ok to come on here and discuss this as it will not involve plants.

    I'm soon to be setting up a 4ft tank for Malawi cichlids, almost certainly mbuna. I was wondering if people think a iwagumi style hardscape would work for them?
     
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  2. alto

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    I think you'd have more luck with Tanganyikans in this sort of scape BUT you'd still need to choose your species carefully
    1 shelldweller (choose "mild" temperament)
    1 sand dweller (as above) or Altolamprologus
    1 open water dweller such as 'cyps' (even with these, fish from certain locales may show more aggression)

    Depending on setup & selected species, you might be able to do 4 species ... once you've a short list, post on CF for feedback.

    If you want Mbuna, I strongly (strongly) recommend against Iwagumi - for long term success,, you really want lots of rock work with various sized crevices/caves ... you might get lucky if you begin with the right species (but I don't know much about the Malawi species .. there may be more compatible (gentler) species available now than when I was keeping africans).

    CF really has done a great library with profiles & "cookie cutter" tank set ups
     
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  4. Martin Osmond

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    Thank you both.

    Jordi, that's kind of what I'm thinking. I've seen lots of different rock layouts and can't help thinking that using aquascaping techniques the potential for a really striking Malawi tank is definitely there. Just trying to think outside the box a little to try and come up with something a bit different.
     
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