Firstly, I feel it is important to mention that I am completely new to caring for an aquarium.
I am trying to attempt putting together a stable African cichlid tank.
Hereâ€™s what Iâ€™m working with:
- 25G glass rectangular tank
- 2 x â€œAquaclear 50â€ 3 stage power filters (sponge, coal and bio-max inserts)
- 20w Aqua-glow T8 fluo light
- 150w fully submersible heater
- 45lbs of what the pet store guy called Cichlid rock
- Plenty of Cichlid aragonite
I have already set up everything and have had a goldfish living in there to test the water. Itâ€™s been there about two weeks and looks healthier than the day I got it. There also seems to be brown and green stains all over my rock.
I have a few specific questions but feel free to comment about anything:
1-What type of Cichlids should I (Could I) go for with my relatively small 25G tank?
-What about an algae eating fish?
2-I heard that I should overstock my tank? Is this true? If so, what would be overstocking for a 25G cichlid tank?
3-What are the important factors I really have to consider with my tank? How often do I have to test and for what? How often should change my filter media? and my water?
4-Are there any special products I need to use for cichlids (water additives, feeding)?
5-How many should i first introduce? Should my goldfish be disposed of before hand?