Hello, I am new to cichlids but have had an aquarium in the past. I just purchased a new 60 gallon tank that is 48wx24hx12d in size. I have a Aquaclear 110 (500GPH) HOB filter currently running, and planning on purchasing another and running both along with a DIY moving bed filter using hel-x media to assist with the waste. I'm using pool filter sand as substrate, and have a few fake plants and a large shipwreck (Wife's call) and plan on adding a good amount of rocks for hiding places shortly. I haven't cycled the tank yet, but was planning on using Bio-spira. Everything I have read online seems to be promising, any thoughts on the product??
I'm wanting to keep African Cichlids, either Peacocks, haps, or Mbunas. My problem is i don't know which is best for my tank size and shape. I have read an ideal ratio is 1:4 or 1:5 males to females but would like to avoid breeding if at all possible, although I understand an all male tank is a time consuming project. I also plan on having 1-2 Plecos in the tank along with the cichlids.
I guess my real questions are...
Which type of African Cichlids are best for my situation?
Which fish within that family live well together?
Will Bio-Spira really instant cycle my tank?
Will my X2 Aquaclear 110's with my DIY filter handle the bio load?
besides that any other tips/advice or things to think/worry about would be great.