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post #1 of 5 Old 11-26-2009, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
55 Gallon Cichlid Tank

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
4 Acei
? Another Species?
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-27-2009, 01:37 AM
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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
4 Acei
? Another Species?
Why not shop online at wal-mart.com and etc? I suspect wal-mart may have a competitive price, but tbh I dunno about the quality of the kits they sell. The tanks are alright but the accessories in the kit are not high quality.
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post #3 of 5 Old 11-27-2009, 07:47 AM
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i would use any site that has a site to store option because shipping on tanks is supper expensive !!!! but if you are going to the stores there are a lot of options as for the set up you could get an empty tank and buy all the other stuff separate so you get just what you want or get a kit.... you could get one used from Craigs list , ebay, or your local newspaper. Tag sales... it really depends how you want it and how much work you want to do.... many second hand tanks are great but some need to be resealed and all second hand tanks need to be cleaned with vinagar and a razor to be sure you dont have any nasties that the previous owner may not have know they had...

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.... many second hand tanks are great but some need to be resealed and all second hand tanks need to be cleaned with vinagar and a razor to be sure you dont have any nasties that the previous owner may not have know they had...
Yeah, I would only get a new tank myself. last night I saw a 55 listed for $99 but it was only for pickup in-store. Factoring in shipping wal-mart just might be the cheepest way to go. I think they have a 55 kit for $186 includes hood/heater/filter (not a good one). You might try the AquaClear site, they have good filters.
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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
4 Acei
? 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
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