11-27-2009, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by x2fast4everyone
Alright first happy thanksgiving haha. Now I am planning on purchasing a 55 gallon cichlid tank. I was wondering where would it be cheapest to get the tank, lighting, and stand (which store). I was planning on some pool filter sand as the substrate and what kind of rocks? I was gonna get two aquaclear filters both up to 50 gallons.
Stocking for the tank would be something like:
4 Yellow Labs
? Another Species?
for a 55 i would strre clear of acei. my personall exp with them is they get beat by everyone else untill the point of death. the labs are a good pick as they are pretty dosile and friendly.
heres what i would stock with in order of which fish to buy first to cut down on aggro.
1. yellow labs
2. red zebras
3. some sort of pleco
4. maybe a livingstoni
5. a few upside down catfish
6. a few blue johanni
that should be a good starting stock list. you only want to start with about 4-5 fish initally due to the cycle process. as far as your substrate itll work fine as long as you wash it first (evenb if it says pre washed) as far as where to get everything else look on craigs for your tank and stand then go and buy your equip. persoannly i hate the aquaclear filters and LOVE the bio wheel filters. with rocks it doesnt matter what you get but im sure your water doesnt come out around 8.0 ph wise so i would def get some limestone and maybe a small bag of dolimite to throw in your filter to bring up your ph. remember cichlids need a place to call home if all of them dont have a home you will have severe aggro issues. just remember lots and LOTS of caves. if you have any more african q's feel free to shoot me a Q