Too add driftwood or not?

  • Get the NEW AquariaCentral iOS app --> http://itunes.apple.com/app/id1227181058 // Android version will be out soon!

Lyferxb9s

AC Members
Original poster
Sep 9, 2012
28
2
3
Should I add a big piece of driftwood to my son's tank or naw? We just ordered a bunch of plants both real and plastic to add

IMG_20190115_131420_925.jpg

IMG_20190115_131411_843.jpg

IMG_20190115_124545.jpg

IMG_20190115_124537.jpg

IMG_20190115_124525.jpg
 

tanker

Josh Holloway--Be mine!!!
Sep 1, 2003
7,319
330
116
Calif. SF Bay area
Visit site
Real Name
Jessica
1) The plants will become salad to the African Cichlids. They will shred them.
2) No drift wood. African Cichlids like hard-alkaline water. The DW will soften an acidify the water. Just the opposite of what you want.
 

Lyferxb9s

AC Members
Original poster
Sep 9, 2012
28
2
3
I've been successful with plants in Mbuna tanks before so I'm hopibg for some more luck on that front lol. I would seal the driftwood once it's soaked
 

FreshyFresh

Global Moderator
Staff member
Jan 11, 2013
4,216
364
92
West Falls NY
Real Name
Joel
I'm all for trying your own thing, but what your asking is a mix of decor that isn't what the fish you have would tend to have in nature. If anything, I would attach some tough rhizome plants to the rocks, like anubia.
 

forse

AC Members
Nov 7, 2018
40
8
8
63
San Juan, PR
Real Name
Enrique
I have never been lucky with African Rift Lake cichlids and plants. I have a driftwood piece in my mbuna tank, but it was totally cured for more than 3 years in a previous tank. So, it does not release enough tannins that may change the water pH.
 
  • Like
Reactions: dudley
zoomed.com
hikariusa.com
aqaimports.com
Store