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post #1 of 13 Old 05-07-2011, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
Starting 55g Cichlid tank

I've been wanting to start a 55g fresh water aquarium for a while now
and I finally have the funds to follow through. I'm extremely excited
and considering Kenyi Cichlid because I love their bright colors and active personalities.
Anyone have any helpful tips that would make my Cichlid tank more successful and help answer some of my questions?
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post #2 of 13 Old 05-07-2011, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
I've researched Kenyi African Cichlids I just wanted some aquarium ideas
for instance maybe instead of gravel could I use sand? would my Cichlids benefit from sand?
what do you think about white gravel/sand in my tank setup?
what do you think about a freshwater aquarium that looks like a saltwater aquarium?
Can I keep aquarium in closet?
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post #3 of 13 Old 05-08-2011, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
I meant Electric Yellow Cichlid not Kenyi my bad!
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post #4 of 13 Old 05-08-2011, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
Any Ideas? should I use sand?
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post #5 of 13 Old 05-08-2011, 07:29 PM
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Endemic to Lake Malawi, Labidochromis caeruleus occurs among the rocky formations common to this lake as well as among stands of Vallisneria along the sandy shores. So a sand substrate would be suitable, with a rock wall along the back with "caves". The sand need not be deep, even for some Corkscrew Vallisneria plants at the sides.

This is one setup where I would go with the tan "beach" coloured sand, but not white which would wash out the fish. In a 55g you could have a small group of these (6, with more females than males) or mixed in with other mbuna species. Presumably your water is hard and alkaline.

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I purchased a 50 dollar rock with caverns and holes.
Top Fin® Craggy Sea Rock Aquarium Ornament - Decorations - Fish - PetSmart
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post #7 of 13 Old 05-09-2011, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
I have one really important question.
Can a freshwater aquarium have a live sand bed?
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I purchased a 50 dollar rock with caverns and holes.
Top Fin® Craggy Sea Rock Aquarium Ornament - Decorations - Fish - PetSmart
That is ideal. The more the merrier for these fish. You could add real rock (limestone chunks can be purchased from landscape or rock/stone places very inexpensively) which would be very similar in appearance and allow you to expand off to the sides. Calcareous rock is not an issue in rift lake cidhlid setups.

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That is ideal. The more the merrier for these fish. You could add real rock (limestone chunks can be purchased from landscape or rock/stone places very inexpensively) which would be very similar in appearance and allow you to expand off to the sides. Calcareous rock is not an issue in rift lake cidhlid setups.
Money isn't the issue right now doing everything properly is! xD
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I have one really important question.
Can a freshwater aquarium have a live sand bed?
It so happens this same queston was asked a couple years back, here is the thread. I've nothing to add to what I or others said therein, so in short, the answer is no.

Live Argonite Reef Sand in a Freshwater Aquarium?

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