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 Post subject: Re: Substrates and backgrounds
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HI orb.
How many did you get ? I can hardly believe the deal you got on your fronts. Are they burundi ?They are such a beautiful peaceful fish you gonna love them.

Have you thought of getting one of those little auto dispensers for pellet food ? Im sure that they will be ok, but 9 days is a long time for babies. Adults i think would handle it better, maybe some one here would know for sure.
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The tank is looking good Cichlidgirl. I am a huge fan of black sand and black background. My experience with Fronts (and in my Malawi tanks) that a black substrate and black background brings out the coloration of the fish. Also, they seem to really enjoy playing in the sand.


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Thanks . i agree with you completly. I noticed the yellows have a more electric yellow look with the black compared to white.

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I have a white, crushed argonite substrate which is great for the health of the tank, but I love the black substrate. I tried to diffuse the reflection of light by adding a alot of large, dark colored rocks all over. The fish love the caves and swimming in the rocks and they love digging and sifting through the substrate.

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Also, I have an all black backround to help with the light issue. I don't keep the lights on in the tank for more than three hours a day.

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Hello all.
As you can see I am new to this site and also the world of Frontosas. I have always been an avid fan and keeper of new world cichlids such as the Oscars, Green Terrors and Convicts, but when I saw this 2.5" Front for sale, I decided I would have to set up a new separate tank. I have several questions for Cichlidgirl:

1. How long and tall is that tank?
2. How many filters and gph are you running for that settup?
3. where do you get black sand from?

Thanks for your help, and let me just say that this is an excellent site for beginners like myself.


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Well hello and welcome to our site.

The tank in these pics is 7 foot long by 2'7" ( 31 inches tall) and 23 inches wide. Its a 265 gallon tank. The black sand is the equivalent of "tahitian moon sand" by carib sea. That sand can be ordered online or you can ask you local LFS if they can order it if they dont carry it. Its about 20 dollars for a 20 pound bag when full priced, i have often seen it onsale online for between 8-10 dollars, so shop around. That black sand makes a huge difference in the way the fronts present their color IMO, they appear much darker blue. I like it very much. Oh, and im running three 500 gph HOB filters (hang on back). The brand i have are the Tetra tek power filters with the tidal flow and built in heater housing.

I know you didn't ask this but some other general frontosa info is :

They do best in groups ( 1or 2 males and 5-8 females).

Minimum tank size for a group should be a six foot or larger tank (125 long or bigger)

Best kept alone with other frontosa

Best with sand substrate and rocks and caves.

Dont mix variants that look the same in community tanks, dont mix variants when breeding.

Frontosa can be aggressive to each other but easily bullied by other fish.

While compared to other cichlids they are extremely peaceful in general but they will eat small fish.

They also like lower levels of light.

They are very slow growing compared to other cichlids.

They should be fed sinking not floating pellets.

They grow fin extentions or trailers that are often nipped off by other fish (thats why fronts are best kept with fronts).

There are many variants of frontosa to choose from, so do some research when selecting the ones you want to keep.

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Very beautiful tank setup.....For a minute it looked like my friend Dunk's tank....


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Wow the tank looks so good in the dark


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Thank you very much. I took one of the light strips off yesterday and put the remaining one directly over the center rock cave, looks much better, it illuminates the center, kind of highlights it then fades to darker on each end. I like it much better. I will try to take a pic tonight to show it.

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I have been a gravel person since 1980 - and just made the switch to sand - I will never go back - sand is so much easier to keep clean, and if a neutral color will not detract from the fish.

I prefer Pool Filter Sand which is 100% silica sand and almost a putty-white color.

Some people like play sand - but i think it is too yellow. ofcourse if you can get your hands on that 3m quartz sand that sandblasters use - thaT IS THE BEST. See the 3m site for more info - impossible to get - unless you go to a headstone place.

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very nice tank i really liked it so much


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Thank you very much. I really like it too.

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thats a great looking tank,love the simple but functional stone work.


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Where do you find black sand? I have natural colored small gravel mixed with black & white gravel now, but I think it does nothing for the appearance of my tank. Do I need to be concerned about upsetting the PH, etc. of my tank if I switch the gravel for sand in one process? I have 2 Emperor 400 filters that have been in use for about 3 years, so the bio-media is well established.


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