Upgrading to my first 4ft tank

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    I recently got my hands on a custom 4ft x 2ft x 2ft tank with an included 40 gallon sump (all second hand) i have properly cleaned up all the old gunk on the tank. i am currently looking around at getting a stand made for the tank, but the cheapest i have gotten was R1800, so i am still feeling around.

    Up until now i have been keeping a single 30gal with boesemani rainbows (i am aware that the tank is too small, part of why i am upgrading) couple cherry barbs and a kribensis cichlid. A bit overstocked, but i have been keeping up with my water changes and they are all still alive after 2 years so i cant be doing too bad.

    For the new tank i am planning to set up a malawi cichlid tank, which according to what i have read can be kept with rainbows without much problems. The barbs and krib i will be giving away to family members for their tanks. I want to make a custom slate style background from styrofoam and get black slate rocks for the foreground. I would love to get 30 or so babies, grow them out and keep my favorites, giving away the ones i like less

    Now a couple questions for the more experienced fishkeepers: where can i find black slate to use in my scape.
    Second: where do i find african cichlid breeders, or which stores would you recommend most for getting my hands on cichlids especially a mix of young cichlids, if that is at all possible in joburg. i am located in Alberton.
     
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    Following this thread!

    All the best on this set up, not sure where to get fish in jhb but I can tell you to research what you will get first and pick a few strains. I started 10years ago with no knowledge and bought a mix of fish only to have most die to aggression. Then I went again and bought more to have the same issue. After that I did a species only tank of yellow labs and by then (almost a year later) I had informed myself on different species. After about 8months I added some Demasoni to the tank and both species lived happily with no issues for 2 years after which I decided to try a mixed species tank with excellent results. So I'd say it took me 3 years or so to get it right
     
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    Finished up my first couple of layers in my custem background. Starting to get extremely excited

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    Finally finished up on the polystyrene part. Now for painting, sanding and gettin it inside the tank.

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    Finally finished up the cement layers. Looking good. Almost there.

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    Very very cool! Following :thumbup:
     
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    Very nice.
    The décor should be fantastic in your tank
     
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    Finished up the dry brushing and colouring last night. Daylight messes up the photo in the tank, but will be moving her indoors this weekend, then we will be able to see it in its full glory with water and all

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