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Old 04-17-2012, 01:28 PM
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I recently bought a 3M/5F Burundi colony ranging from 4-6" and was thinking of using Lava Rock in my setup. What is the consensous on this type of rock?


I've had Africans for quite some time, but these are my first Fronts. Any tips or opinons are greatly appreciated!!


100g, White sand, Black back wall and Odysea T5 light strip.


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That's a fairly vague question. There are infinite possibilities with that rock...or any rock. Keep in mind a few things before you scape your tank.
1. Be sure that the rocks you are using are not going to injure the fish
2. If you stack them, be sure they cannot fall if and when the fish start to dig around them.
3. CAVES ARE UNNECESSARY AND CAUSE MORE HARM THAN GOOD!!!
4. Take some time and do some research on the Frontosas natural habitat and recreate that in your aquarium.
5. Breeding Frontosas tend to get territorial...be sure that there are rocks that break the line of sight from one end of the tank to the other. If you don't understand exactly what that is or how to do it, i have a thread titled "180g Tanganyikan Biotope" or their is another awesome thread by DENZIO called "Biotope As possible"

Good luck with your new tank and remember, when its all said and done, if YOU love the tank, then it's perfect!
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I didn't know caves are harmeful. In what way do they harm your aquarium?
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A man made cave in an aquarium is a defined territory. The alpha male will most likely claim this cave, he will become very territorial and defend his cave violently. Adding more caves does not help because the betta male will claim that one and so on down the list. Strategically placing rocks in specific places creates undefined territories and will pacify the needs of the Frontosas and it doesn't cheapen the look of your aquarium. Take a look at the two threads i mentioned earlier and then look at tanks with caves. You tell me which one is better. . Im going to find the aquascaping template i used very early on in my career and it will help you to understand the undefined territories .
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Ok ya that would be great I didn't know that.
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I have started a new tank with frontosa burundi. It is bare bottom, only one flowerpot placed at a corner, 2 overhead box filter with sponge and act. carbon, one 200watt heater. Trying to make a lowwwww cost setup. Add salt, epsom salt and baking soda at the time of setup. pH is 8.1. 12 2'' burundi are in it for 9 days. Not yet seen any problem, where as the old one has white sand all sort of rocks caves and a external canester filter with 4 7-9in happy burundis. Maintaining the second setup is bit troublesome. Second one is a fun to watch, when people see the 2nd one they praise me a lot. I enjoy.
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Bare bottom tanks rarely work out with Frontosas . They like to dig and play with the sand. They also use sand to clean their gills by filtering it through them. Just use some common sense and think, "where does this fish live in the wild? What does it look like there? What does it eat there? How does it interact with its environment?" and make that happen in your aquarium. there are some really good videos on YouTube that show you exactly what you need to know. The best one in my opinion is called Jewels of the Rift. watch and learn.
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Yes friend. My first frontosa tank according to the standard. With the second frontosa tank i am trying a super cost effective solution. I have a 5x2x2.5 discus tank from 1995. Bare bottom from the beginning, pH 7.5, Hardness moderate, NO FILTER, EVERYDAY 30% water change. Discus comes from Amazon. They never complain against the environment i provide to them. Only one one problem they dye after 5-7 years. I believe they know that they are not in wild anymore. Domesticated Fish. Example of adaptation. With my second frontosa tank let me test the adaptability of this burundis.
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just be careful of rocks with sharp edges. fronts dart and slam into stuff and can get banged up pretty easily. river rocks may be a better alternative. smooth edges. no cuts and scrapes.
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Only one one problem they dye after 5-7 years
I am sure they dont "dye", you probably meant "die". Maybe you framed it wrongly - perhaps it should be put in a more positive frame, that they "live" upto XXX years.

Fronts love sand, sifting through it, picking it up in their mouth (brushing their teeth perhaps, LOL) and spitting it out. Rocks provide shelter. They do, but my Mobas love to bury themselves in the sand just below the roots of my moorwood. They completely ignore the rock caves
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