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Cichlid Stones - Ornamental Aquarium Caves
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Cichlid Stones for Aquariums.
Cichlid Stones are a new and exciting type of aquarium ornament. They're made of very high quality ceramic material that is very similar to the material in stoneware table plates. So they won't dissolve in aquarium water like some rocks may. This means Cichlid Stones are aquarium safe. Click here now to buy Cichlid Stones and other ceramic aquarium ornaments made by Underwater Galleries.

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Cichlid Stones are hollow, as you can see in the video just above, so they do not displace as much water as a stone or rock of the same size. This means your aquarium is more full of water, less filled with stones, and has more interesting places for your fish to explore.
Since they are hollow, Cichlid Stones are also much lighter than a rock or stone of the same size. So they are easier to move and are much less like to damage the bottom of an aquarium.
Many species of fish seem to have fun and enjoy going inside Cichlid Stones. Cichlids especially like Cichlid Stones. Most species of Dwarf Cichlids will make their homes inside a Cichlid Stone and breed there. Mbuna Cichlids from Lake Malawi seem to prefer spawning inside these ornaments.
Cichlid shown guarding a Cichlid Stone ornamental aquarium cave.
The fish in the picture, shown just above, is a young male, whose ancestors came from Lake Victoria in East Africa. He may be a Pundamilia nyererei. He lives in Tom's 55-gallon Mbuna Aquarium. This fish constantly guards the Cichlid Stone, which is also shown in the picture.
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This picture shows the male Pundamilia nyererei on the left and a young male Mbuna, of an unknown species, on the right fighting over just who is the current resident of the nice Cichlid Stone behind them.
young mature male OB Red Zebra, an Mbuna species from lake Malawi
young mature male OB Red Zebra, an Mbuna species from lake Malawi
This picture shows a mature male OB Red Zebra alertly guarding his pile of Cichlid Stones. The ancestors of this fish lived among the rocks along the shores of Lake Malawi in East Africa. This fish is a member of a large group of Cichlids that are called Mbunas, and they seem to like to spawn inside Cichlid Stones.
Pet Fish Talk, an MP3 PodCast, is a weekly internet talk show about keeping pet fish, such as tropical fish and goldfish, in aquariums, fish bowls, and ponds. The shows were hosted by the Bailey Brothers, DrTom and Nevin, Click on this image for more information.  
Click here to listen to a special Pet Fish Talk in which DrTom and Nevin discuss and recommend Cichlid Stones.
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Fighting for the Cichlid Stone Cave
The video, just above, shows a Male Mbuna Cichlid fighting with a so-called Three Beacon Plecostomus catfish about which one of them occupies the Cichlid Stone. A few seconds from the beginning of this video both fish are in the cave. Then both exit. What a fight !! What excitement !! What fun !!
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This picture shows a young so-called Red Zebra. This fish is about 3-months old and has grown to be about 2" long. The Cichlid Stone, behind this fish, has grown a thick layer with various colors of algae. This fish and the other fish in this aquarium love to eat that algae, like their ancestors did in Lake Malawi.
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These pictures show baby Mbunas that are swimming among the Cichlid Stones. More baby Mbunas will survive in an aquarium with bigger fish, if that aquarium has a collection of Cichlid Stones.
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Here is more recent picture of the same fish that's shown above on this page. For the first time ever, we are going to name a fish and call this fish Julius in honor of Julius Nyererei, first President of Tanzania. This is appropriate, because the scientific name of this fish may be Pundamilia nyererei, which was named in honor of President Nyererei. In the picture you can Julius guarding his current pile of favorite Cichlid Stones.
Haplochromis species 44 from Lake Victoria in East Africa
Just above is an even more recent picture of Julius energetically guarding his territory.
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This is a so-called Three Beacon Plecostomus. For long time it was named by the code L091 and now has the scientific name Leporacanthicus triactis. It spends lots of time going in and out of Cichlid Stones. Notice the bristles on this fish's tail.
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Here is a young mature male Labeotropheus trewavasae, which is a species in the group of Cichlids called Mbunas from Lake Malawi in East Africa. Most or all Mbunas enjoy having Cichlid Stones in their aquarium.
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Here too is another young mature male Mbuna Cichlid. He is a male so-called Red Zebra. Most male Red Zebras are blue but some are OB like the one shown way above on this page, and others males are orange like this one. Whatever their color, they all like to live among a pile of Cichlid Stones.
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Another young mature male Mbuna, whose ancestors lived among the rocks along the shores of Lake Malawi in East Africa, but he prefers life in an aquarium with his favorite Cichlid Stones. 

Customer Comments

I was waiting until I got my Cichlid stones before writing back.  They were waiting for me at the house when I got home today.  Ah, two big boxes and one smaller box.
I have 36 stones in all.  10 of the large stones, 16 medium stones and 10 small stones.  I am impressed with the workmanship of the stones.  They are very very realistic.  Once in the aquarium most people will probably assume they are real stones.  They are also very very light weight.
Now my only dilemma is figuring out how to stack them in my aquarium.  I plan on a stack on each side of my aquarium.  Do you think I need to glue/silicone these stones together. I will probably buy a few more large ones at the Capitol aquarium here in Sacramento.  I went down there last weekend to get a peek at the stones but they only had one box out and did not want it opened.  Capitol does not seem to eager/aggressive in selling the stones.
I really appreciate your generosity in giving away you really really nice O.B. Zebra's. Now that I have my stones I can get everything situated and hopefully place my order at at the end of this month.  I am also going to order some of that wonderful food and see if my Mbunas will grow as fast!
Thanks Again,
Rod in Elk Grove
Reply. Hello Rod and thank you for your email. Glad to read that you promptly got your shipment of Cichlid Stones. Yes, they look great and are very light weight much lighter than real stones.
I would not try to silicone them together. Just stack them anyway you like. The Mbuna Cichlids seem to like them every which way or any which way. My Mbunas are constantly swimming in and out of the Cichlid Stones.
Hiding inside, resting inside, and spawning inside !!
As an experiment I moved all the stones to one end of my Mbuna Aquarium. All my Mbunas abandoned the other end of the aquarium and were closely bunched around the Cichlid Stones.

Thanks again for ordering some Cichlid Stones
and for your email.
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Young mature Red Zebras, a male on the left and a female on the right, circle about one another near a pile of Cichlid Stones. Mbunas like these will frequently spawn inside a Cichlid Stone.
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Another Red Zebra guarding another Cichlid Stone.
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Baby Mbuna hidding among Cichlid Stones.
This looks like a baby OB Mbuna that's very well hidden among the Cichlid Stones.
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The four pictures, shown just above, are of Tom's 29-gallon aquarium, which contains about twenty young Mbunas and a 15-pack of Cichlid Stones. These Cichlid Stones were arranged by Greg Fehr himself.      
young OB Mbuna swimming into a Cichlid Stone.      
A young Mbuna about 2" long quickly swims into the opening of a Cichlid Stone. Many Cichlids like this one swim in and out of Cichlid Stones many times each day.      
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