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post #11 of 37 Old 08-03-2006, 09:26 AM
if it were going for cichlids i would study up on them find every thing u need for them meds test kits ect. (ps.there big poopers)
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post #12 of 37 Old 08-03-2006, 09:35 AM
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Very interesting thread.
Ammonia can also be obtained through the chemist.

For cichlids, consider these categories:
Lake Malawi
Lake Tanganyika
Asia (Etroplus)-brackish conditions
South America
Central America
Africans(kribs, etc)-exclude Malawi and Tanganyika

South Americans are the most interesting. This consists discus, apistogrammas, pterophyllums, uaru, etc.

On the side note, NEVER mix cichlids from different categories.
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post #13 of 37 Old 08-07-2006, 09:13 AM
If your looking into cichlids and want color your best bet would be Malawi. If you choose Malawi do your research well Some are more aggressive then others. Yellow labs or peacocks are very colorful and less aggressive. Tanganikan cichlids are great also but you will not find the brighter colors. They do however IMO have more personality. Here is a link maybe it will help. I can't stress this enough if you wish to keep cichlids make sure you do your research first. Find, decide which species you want if more than one type make sure they have the same water params and needs.

Cichlids can be tricky to care for but only IF you do not do your research we have two tanks with cichlids one Tanganikan and one Malawi they are great fish to have much personality and great to watch but they do require a much different enviroment than your typical tropicals.
You can also find tropical on the site as well read about everything and then decide which way to go.

Tropical fish although are great fish to keep also. At 150 gallons you have the chance to have a great planted tank with many varieties of fish. Examples.. A shoal of Cardinal tetras would be beautiful there are many types of tetras you could go with. Rainbow fish are also very nice. Corys would make a nice addition as well. Personaly haveing 4 children of my own they tend to like the tropicals more my daughter has a 10gallon of her own. She loves the little shrimp and her tetra with a few zebra danios.

Best of luck
post #14 of 37 Old 08-07-2006, 07:31 PM
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Hello! Interesting that I found this topic, I am in a similar situation. I have had fish my whole life growing up, but have not had any for the last 4+ years. I am ready now to get a new tank and start again. I am planning on getting a furniture-style tank, 55-90 gallons. I was also looking at Cichlids for my species. Here is what I was thinking, please leave your input....

55-90 gal aquarium w/furniture style stand
Fluval canister filter (don't remember the model)
Sand-ish substrate
Rock formations
Live plants

For the fish I was thinking all Malawian Cichlids (and a couple Plecos), quantities of:
Electric Yellow (Yellow Lab)
Red Zebra

Those are all "semi-aggressive" is it OK to throw in some Blue Peacock's as well (they are "aggressive")? Also, can I put some cray-fish or shrimp, etc in there too?

I was told that Cichlids destroy plants, however I really want to have live plants. Would these work?:

Amazon Sword
Micro Sword

I am very open to any input as I have never had a really nice setup before. I am really excited to get started. Please let me know your opinions!!

Thank you!
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post #15 of 37 Old 08-07-2006, 08:00 PM
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Hi and welcome,

With Mbunas, you'd worry about the sword plants.
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post #16 of 37 Old 08-07-2006, 08:06 PM
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Mbunas = Malawian Cichlids? Thanks. Does the rest of the setup sound OK?
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post #17 of 37 Old 08-07-2006, 08:11 PM
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Yes, they're Malawis. You can't go wrong with plants having tougher leaves. Javan ferns are the best plants as they are not easily eaten by fish. The plus is that they just anchor on the decor so digging isn't the problem.
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post #18 of 37 Old 08-07-2006, 08:24 PM
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Thanks for the quick reply. So is it OK to mix Blue Peacocks, crayfish, shrimp with the other Malawian Cichlids?
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post #19 of 37 Old 08-07-2006, 08:27 PM
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Not the crayfish pls. They have large claws and can eat your fish.
Shrimps are not allowed either as the cichlids tend to turn them into snacks rather than mates.
Blue Peacocks(assuming this is Aulonocara) are ok.
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post #20 of 37 Old 08-07-2006, 08:43 PM
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Yes it is Aulonocara! Thanks for the reply. Looks like I will be spending close to $1000 just for the tank (90gal), cabinet, and canopy! Does that sound reasonable? I am planning on getting this one:

Not sure if I will get black or maple.
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