Hi again, introduced myself in the meet the community section.
I've been on the cichlid-forum for months now and got super advice from the guys on there. I was wanting advice on here to help me make my mind up completely and get a wider audiences view.
I have two new tanks waiting to be set-up, ive just been doing all my research on all the details.
Now i'm only setting one tank up first of all, the other will be done after. Not sure which tank to set-up first though.
First tank is 42" long x 15.2" wide x 18.1" high, its a 190l tank.
second tank is 48" long x 13" wide x 15" high, its a 153l tank.
I have made my mind up on fish to stock with and they are as follows.
5 yellow labs 1m 4f
1 BN Pleco
I have been asking around about adding another species to that list. Most people have told me it wouldnt work and if i went with it, id have to do alot more frequent water changes which i wont mind. Please advise and your own thoughts are welcome for the stocklist.
Note: I am aware that mbuna are territorial and footprint is important.
Substrate is gona be pool filter sand, and i'm stuck on what to pick between argonite or something else?? mixed with it, havent made my mind up which yet, any ideas are welcome.
Rocks im pretty much no good at selecting them, i have found rocks on ebay, i've also been looking at river rocks, rocks from the beach, but i have no idea how to make sure there is no metals in the rocks apart from if there is colours in the rocks they may have metals in them. I would rather collect the rocks myself but unsure on how to make sure i get the safest for my tank.
I'm looking at eheim canisters and wondering which would be advisable, i have a fluval U3 internal filter to run in the tank along with a canister. Any suggestions on canisters would be great.
One more thing, i have selected a plan that i will use to build my own stand, and i cant find a decent plan for the hood, searched the internet high and low, and most hood plans are no good.
I want doors on top of my hood so i dont have to lift it off. Any advise on this would also be really helpfull.
Thanks for reading and sorry for the long story, just want to make sure you all know what i'm after and your help/thoughts will be very much appreciated.