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post #1 of 8 Old 04-23-2011, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I just bought a 36 gal aquarium. I havent set it up yet. I wanna make sure i set it up and stock sufficently. I havent had a tank in about 6 years. I had goldfish then. TO DIRTY!!!!!!! I like the africian cichlids. I am gonna go with fish that average from 3 to 6 inches in length. My first question is how many fish would the proper amount of fish for my tank?
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-23-2011, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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New 39 gal tank. New to African cichlids. I have ?'s

I want to know how many 3 to 6 inch ( in maturity) African cichlids I can put in my tank.(39 gal). In my last tank I had goldfish. To dirty!!!! I'm new to tropical fish. Any advice would be appreciated.
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post #3 of 8 Old 04-24-2011, 10:02 AM
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What type of Africans were you thinking of? What are your water parameters - ph, gh, kh? There are rift lake cichlids, then there are riverine cichlids - requiring totally different water.

There are many African cichlids, and some, even though small, need a fairly big tank because of behavioral and territorial issues.

And cichlids are really messy, too! Right up there with goldfish. :)
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post #4 of 8 Old 04-24-2011, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
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I just set the tank up and right now the ph levels arelike 6.8. So I added some coral rock for the base and in a week im gonna check the ph levels again. Then add some decoration to try to naturally bring up the ph levels as much as possible. I am gonna get lake cichlids. Most of my info thus far has came from the Local pet store so any important advice as to setting up the tank and prepping it for fish would be helpful.
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post #5 of 8 Old 04-24-2011, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Okay I have a 36 gallon tank and what i keep reading says that its really not big enough for african cichlids??? and if it is big enough it will only hold like 2 maybe. Even though they will be from 3 to 6 inches in length. Is this true? If so should I go with a tropical community tank? How many of those fish can i put in a 36 gallon tank? HELP...........
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post #6 of 8 Old 04-24-2011, 03:26 PM
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Most of the rift lake cichlids get too large to be properly kept in a 36g tank. They should be in groups so they can behave "naturally" and there just isn't room. However, there are some small species, like the shell dwellers if you want to stay with rift lake cichlids.

As for how many tropical fish can go into a 36g tank, it depends upon the fish species. There are many "dwarf" species, fish like Ember Tetra, Scarlet Badis, and many others that need to be in groups and you can have several of these in a 36g tank. You need to ensure the water parameters are suitable of course. Moving to slightly larger fish, some of the common tetra, Danio, rasbora, etc. can be housed in small groups in a 36g.

We have fish profiles, second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of the page; if a fish name is shaded in posts, it means you can click on the name to see that fish profile. In the profile it mentions preferred water parameters, how many of the species should be kept, the minimum tank size, and other information.

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Ok, I just bought a 36 gal aquarium. I havent set it up yet. I wanna make sure i set it up and stock sufficently. I havent had a tank in about 6 years. I had goldfish then. TO DIRTY!!!!!!! I like the africian cichlids. I am gonna go with fish that average from 3 to 6 inches in length. My first question is how many fish would the proper amount of fish for my tank?
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-24-2011, 08:13 PM
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I came across three near-identical threads, so I have merged them to this one.

You might want to re-think using the calcareous rock to raise the hardness and pH. There are many suitable fish for a 36g tank that prefer slightly acidic and softer water.

As noted previously, you are very limited with a 36g for rift lake cichlids.

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