New Lake Malawi Mbuna Fish Tank | How to aquascape Mbuna tank | Tips on Rockscape | African Cichlids

This is the new home for my Pseudotropheus Saulosi group, 2M and 6F. It is an Lake Malawi Dwarf Mbuna cichlid setup. Tips and Tricks on setting up and aquascaping an Mbuna tank: 1. if you already have fish in the tank, taking water out always helps to catch the fish easier and may help reduce stress on the fish while you try to catch them. 2. If your background needs cleaning or replacement, now would be a good time to work on it. 3. When you place your current fish in a holding container, an air stone or sponge filter will keep your water oxygenated for hours while you work on the tank. This is why sponge filters are so useful, they will also contain beneficial bacteria that keeps filtering the water. 4. Now for the actual rockscape... make sure to pick rocks that are aquarium safe. Scrub and rinse the rocks thoroughly to get rid of impurities. 5. Using egg crate, light diffuser, or any similar material laid across the bottom of the tank will help disperse the weight of the heavy stones we will be using. This is important to keep rocks from falling or applying too much pressure on to the bottom glass of the tank. Make sure to bury your egg crate under the sand bed. 6. Now you can start adding your rocks. Create something interesting to you, not a scape that will bore you tomorrow and then you would have to go back to the board and change it again. For Mbunas, some people create caves and separate territories to give the dominant males their own space. This is up to you, or if you want to keep the rockscape as open as possible to reduce hierarchy and aggression. One idea I do recommend is to create some vertical coverage using taller rocks to "break the line of sight" where the fish that are being chased and attacked can hide or "disappear" from the aggressor. HOPE THIS HELPS, THANKS FOR WATCHING.

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This is the new home for my Pseudotropheus Saulosi group, 2M and 6F. It is an Lake Malawi Dwarf Mbuna cichlid setup. Tips and Tricks on setting up and aquascaping an Mbuna tank: 1. if you already have fish in the tank, taking water out always helps to catch the fish easier and may help reduce stress on the fish while you try to catch them. 2. If your background needs cleaning or replacement, now would be a good time to work on it. 3. When you place your current fish in a holding container, an air stone or sponge filter will keep your water oxygenated for hours while you work on the tank. This is why sponge filters are so useful, they will also contain beneficial bacteria that keeps filtering the water. 4. Now for the actual rockscape... make sure to pick rocks that are aquarium safe. Scrub and rinse the rocks thoroughly to get rid of impurities. 5. Using egg crate, light diffuser, or any similar material laid across the bottom of the tank will help disperse the weight of the heavy stones we will be using. This is important to keep rocks from falling or applying too much pressure on to the bottom glass of the tank. Make sure to bury your egg crate under the sand bed. 6. Now you can start adding your rocks. Create something interesting to you, not a scape that will bore you tomorrow and then you would have to go back to the board and change it again. For Mbunas, some people create caves and separate territories to give the dominant males their own space. This is up to you, or if you want to keep the rockscape as open as possible to reduce hierarchy and aggression. One idea I do recommend is to create some vertical coverage using taller rocks to "break the line of sight" where the fish that are being chased and attacked can hide or "disappear" from the aggressor. HOPE THIS HELPS, THANKS FOR WATCHING.

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Shadow334
Shadow334 - 3 years ago
Great video. Thanks for all the info. Question for you. What type of sand are you using?
Pancake Ninja
Pancake Ninja - 3 years ago
Hi. Have a qns. May I know if a small group of them would go in a 55 gallon?
African Cichlids
African Cichlids - 3 years ago
Well done!!!!!
W-N-E-S Liveahappylive
W-N-E-S Liveahappylive - 3 years ago
Nice scape!
electric water
electric water - 3 years ago
stunning
Brandon Cohen
Brandon Cohen - 3 years ago
Great set up, was just wondering where you got your rocks from
What Ricers Do What Ricers do
What Ricers Do What Ricers do - 3 years ago
song?
Samuel Delonge
Samuel Delonge - 4 years ago
Great music
Michael Birchell
Michael Birchell - 4 years ago
Sweet setup man. That is more than 6 females!! Lol
NYCity Cichlids
NYCity Cichlids - 4 years ago
Thanks. Some of the yellow ones are actually yellow labs.

10. comment for New Lake Malawi Mbuna Fish Tank | How to aquascape Mbuna tank | Tips on Rockscape | African Cichlids

Paul Chippington
Paul Chippington - 4 years ago
Great video, I am due to break down my Mbuna set up soon. And install an Aquadecor background A style can't wait. But will keep some of my nicer pieces of rock. Once completed I will upload a video. I am going to change from corral to to Caribsea Cichlid sand.
Ben Ochart
Ben Ochart - 4 years ago
My exact thought process when I rockscape. Very nice set up. I also use below the substrate grate (got the idea from robOz in Canada). I'm thinking of going with a smoother rock like you have since the lava rock I'm currently using has sharp edges that the fish bump into and get scratched & scrapped.
NYCity Cichlids
NYCity Cichlids - 4 years ago
Hey Ben. Yeah I like lava rock but the smooth rock is safer and looks very natural.
FishkeepersList com
FishkeepersList com - 4 years ago
great video
FishMasters
FishMasters - 4 years ago
what kind of rocks do you use
NYCity Cichlids
NYCity Cichlids - 4 years ago
North east granite
stateniland
stateniland - 4 years ago
Hello
Are you anywhere near me on Staten Isl.? I have a 75g and want to begin a cichlid tank.. I am in a wheelchair and it's kinda hard for me to do this set-up.. I have a aquaclear 110 for filtration.. I just need someone with a hands on tutorial to help me get started and show me first hand.
thank you
joe
stateniland
stateniland - 4 years ago
I'm in Pleasant Plains  near Outerbriddge Crossing..
NYCity Cichlids
NYCity Cichlids - 4 years ago
Hey Joe. I live in Harlem. What neighborhood in Staten Island?
Free Swimmer
Free Swimmer - 4 years ago
good video !
FortWayne Fishtanks
FortWayne Fishtanks - 4 years ago
good video! helps alot!!
NYCity Cichlids
NYCity Cichlids - 4 years ago
Thanks
darealchubby
darealchubby - 4 years ago
Nice looking tank!
Jerome Horn
Jerome Horn - 4 years ago
I thought it looked like that might be the case.
NYCity Cichlids
NYCity Cichlids - 4 years ago
Yeah
inventoryking
inventoryking - 4 years ago
What type of Rock is this NYCity Cichlids ? I am looking for new rock for my 220 and these look awesome.
NYCity Cichlids
NYCity Cichlids - 4 years ago
These are granite boulders. The ones usually used for landscaping and ponds.

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Ricky Kenerly Cichlids
Ricky Kenerly Cichlids - 4 years ago
I think the new scape is great! Scape can be everything to enjoying an aquarium!
Justin P
Justin P - 4 years ago
Scape is sweet, love those rocks.  They seem to be harder to find around where I live, gotta do some searching for a future rescape.
NYCity Cichlids
NYCity Cichlids - 4 years ago
Yeah these are easy to find in the northeast. but look around some landscape shops and masonry quarry.
TheHairos
TheHairos - 4 years ago
Good video this. Nice looking aquascape tank looks ace
James King
James King - 4 years ago
Sweet video man
Kevin Delk
Kevin Delk - 4 years ago
now I need another tank to scape like this lol. looks great!!
Rotter Tube Reef
Rotter Tube Reef - 4 years ago
DAMN that tank is beautiful! LOVE THE BLACK with grey rock. I miss my cichlids...when I had freshwater, that was fun. I LOVE the contrast between dark rock and background with bright fish!
africancichlidfamily
africancichlidfamily - 4 years ago
0:23 I never do that I just run them down with a net until they are out of energy and start panting in a corner loll, maybe I should do what U do, I can't believe i never thought of that prior to this video. but man does that tank look natural just like lake Malawi itself. Salousi and rest of ur Mubuna should love it in there, they start grazing on the rocks yet or no? Cause its cool to watch hopefully U get a bit of algae on the rocks soon. Awesome video and great job man.
NYCity Cichlids
NYCity Cichlids - 4 years ago
Yeah the algae is already growing and they are going for it.
NYCity Cichlids
NYCity Cichlids - 4 years ago
Ha ha. Man you are crazy, that was funny. Thanks for watching bro.
KALZONE850
KALZONE850 - 4 years ago
impressive scape
Rad Perez
Rad Perez - 4 years ago
Looks great, nice job
Corey Hecker
Corey Hecker - 4 years ago
your the man! looks awesome!

30. comment for New Lake Malawi Mbuna Fish Tank | How to aquascape Mbuna tank | Tips on Rockscape | African Cichlids

twoFEETunder
twoFEETunder - 4 years ago
how do you clean the rocks
NYCity Cichlids
NYCity Cichlids - 4 years ago
I actually plan on letting algae grow on them.
paulone65
paulone65 - 4 years ago
great job.love the tank
Don Poisson
Don Poisson - 4 years ago
stunning tank and stunning fish, great vid NY!
T Holz
T Holz - 4 years ago
Very good!
DWSDARIUS FISH TANKS
DWSDARIUS FISH TANKS - 4 years ago
Very nice!
Bradford Aquatics
Bradford Aquatics - 4 years ago
Awesome!
pelphrey
pelphrey - 4 years ago
Rock layout looks great!
Cichlid Nez
Cichlid Nez - 4 years ago
Cichlid Nez drop in and seen ur cool video. tank on friend.
Jerome Horn
Jerome Horn - 4 years ago
looks like more that 8 saulosi
NYCity Cichlids
NYCity Cichlids - 4 years ago
The rest are yellow labs.
Mbuna Marcus - Aquariums, Cichlids and More
Mbuna Marcus - Aquariums, Cichlids and More - 4 years ago
Incredible scape NY...great vid :)
SLEWER
SLEWER - 4 years ago
Love this bro looks real nice sort of shit I'd go for
twoFEETunder
twoFEETunder - 4 years ago
looks great.. awesome tips
0
0 - 4 years ago
franchvnzla
franchvnzla - 4 years ago
Excelente aquascape good job
0
0 - 4 years ago
Leandra
Leandra - 4 years ago
great idea with the crates man, never considered that...beautiful
NYCity Cichlids
NYCity Cichlids - 4 years ago
Hey Lea. Yeah the egg crate helps a lot.
0
0 - 4 years ago
nice new scape, it looks great & the fish seem 2 love it as well, big thumbs up keep up the good & as always happy fish keep
Dan Hiteshew
Dan Hiteshew - 4 years ago
lol. I lower water levels when going fishing too!
MASS Aquariums
MASS Aquariums - 4 years ago
Nice one dude. Looks like my old African scape. Love those rocks
NYCity Cichlids
NYCity Cichlids - 4 years ago
I got these rocks from my aunt's place in New England. Shhhhhhhh. So they are from your area.
IFG
IFG - 4 years ago
Phenomenal video Juan. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek at the scape before the video, and man i tell you it looks awesome!!!!! Good job editing.
Brian's Pet's
Brian's Pet's - 4 years ago
New tank looks great NY
0
0 - 4 years ago
first
Brian's Pet's
Brian's Pet's - 4 years ago
+6feetunderwaterwithbatman multitask lol
0
0 - 4 years ago
+Brian pickens & that is I'm playing gt5 texting the old lady & watching 5 different videos at once lol
hope you have a good day broski poof I'm gone
0
0 - 4 years ago
+Brian pickens yes sir
Brian's Pet's
Brian's Pet's - 4 years ago
+6feetunderwaterwithbatman Beat me to it this time lol

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