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post #1 of 3 Old 11-11-2007, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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First big tank, need advice on African Cichlids

Hey guys, I have been visiting my lfs these last few weeks and decided to get a 4 ft tank, then a few days ago I found a brand new Aqua Grande 180 for literally almost half price, from all the reading that I have done here it seems to buy the biggest you can afford, well I stretched my budget but the wife will get over it:)

The tank will probably be delivered tomorrow and I would like to choose the fish that I want so I can plan for what Substrate rocks wood etc.. so I can cycle it with it all setup, while I cycle it I can save up for the fish lol.

Now my recent visits to my lfs I got to enjoy watching African Cichlids, they are so amazing to watch, out of the 5 different staff I talked to only one seemed to know what he was talking about,I picked his brain for over an hour unfortunately I got overloaded with info, so if some one can help me out it would be greatly appreciated.

I would like to have African Cichlids (semi aggressive), but have no idea on which ones are compatible, I also like the look of little schools of fish like schools of 6, what would you recommend if any at all I can mix with the Africans? Also how many fish should I have in the tank at most, I want to buy the fish with small sizes? One last for now, Is there any plants I can use with African Cichlids?
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Hey guys, I have been visiting my lfs these last few weeks and decided to get a 4 ft tank, then a few days ago I found a brand new Aqua Grande 180 for literally almost half price, from all the reading that I have done here it seems to buy the biggest you can afford, well I stretched my budget but the wife will get over it:)

The tank will probably be delivered tomorrow and I would like to choose the fish that I want so I can plan for what Substrate rocks wood etc.. so I can cycle it with it all setup, while I cycle it I can save up for the fish lol.

Now my recent visits to my lfs I got to enjoy watching African Cichlids, they are so amazing to watch, out of the 5 different staff I talked to only one seemed to know what he was talking about,I picked his brain for over an hour unfortunately I got overloaded with info, so if some one can help me out it would be greatly appreciated.

I would like to have African Cichlids (semi aggressive), but have no idea on which ones are compatible, I also like the look of little schools of fish like schools of 6, what would you recommend if any at all I can mix with the Africans? Also how many fish should I have in the tank at most, I want to buy the fish with small sizes? One last for now, Is there any plants I can use with African Cichlids?
Welcome to Fishforum.com, Pete.

Which one of the African cichlids group do you like? Lake Malawi or Lake Tanganyika? The former has a more aggressive selection of cichlids and are messier in terms of the amount of waste produced. Both require high pH and oxygen levels as well so a powerhead would be necessary to make surface agitations.

Beofre adding the fish, you really must cycle the tank. There's a sticky thread about Cycling started by fish_4_all. If you try to stick with Tanganyikan shelldwellers or julidochromis, you can likely accommodate giant danios in there as both groups will not clash into each other considering both live on different levels. It'll be too risky with Lake Malawi as far as I am concern. A lot of cichlids have a tendency to uproot and damage plants, for a Lake Tanganyikan shelldwellers group, you can add vallisneria, anubias, Java fern and other plants with very little problems.

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post #3 of 3 Old 11-16-2007, 06:16 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry for the late reply, been really busy at work, thanks for the reply Lupin, I'm not sure what lake type I like, as they all look good to me:)

I setup the tank on Wednesday night, or should I say Thursday morning lol,my lfs suggested to use gold fish to cycle the tank and gave me some filter sponge to use in my filter, all seems fine so far.

This weekend I'll be getting some rocks and driftwood,what type of rocks can I use?

It's no hurry as the cycle will take some time I believe, but when you get a sec if you could recommend some cichlids that are compatible that I could start with, I want them at small sizes so I/kids can watch them grow.
I have a 6ft tank (540 liters) 180W x 76H x 50D cm with wet and dry trickle filtration
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