02-23-2012, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Inga
Also, this would be the time you might wish to paint the back of the tank Black so that your fish will show up real nice. Get an API test kit for the fresh water aquarium. The liquid, not the strips. Test your source water and let us know what your water parameters are. Call your water department and get information from them about the hardness/softness of the water. Then you can go from there.
You know for sure you want Cichlids so you can get yourself some gravel that you like. Look up pictures of tanks then chose what you like to look at and begin moving forward from there. Can't wait to see pictures of your new tank as it progresses.
Oh, and Welcome to the forum.
I appreciate that very much. Yeah I was wanting to go with the black background also. I will go ahead and get the things Ill need like the test kit, pump to clean the gravel, and I am also getting another 35 gal along with the 125 gal for no extra cost. I'll need to figure out how to work that into my project. And yes I am looking at the larger cichlids for my tank for sure. I do know where I wanna go with my tank, look wise, but now I really just need to figure out the whole filtration situation (I know the filtration will be a bit different due to the large tank size)
. And I got really lucky, there are a few guys who are wiling to give me some of their gravel and plants to help only the cycling process, and he will also be hooking me up with some fairly large Jack Dempseys!