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Advice on setting up an African cichlid tank
Old 08-21-2011, 08:40 PM   #31
 
Just wanted some opinions, I've been modifying my water parameters and want some advice on what everyone thinks are the best values. My tap water is neutral ph about 7.0 and is very soft as in gh and kh are 1(the colour changed on the first drop) so I've added some buffers and now the kh is 11 and gh is 12. Ph is 8.2. Do I need to raise these values further? I have aragonite as substrate. Thanks!
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Old 08-21-2011, 10:24 PM   #32
 
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Nope that's just fine for africans. Just make sure it is consistent through water changes etc.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:00 PM   #33
 
So my tank is almost cycled now so I'm starting to think about what stock to get! In terms of peacocks (I'm planning an all male mostly peacock tank) is it best to just get 1 individual of each type? For example 1 albino/1 dragonblood/1 benga rather than say 2 or 3 of each kind? I can get them at about 5cm with enough colour to distinguish males (well mostly!) as previously mentioned I'm also thinking of some C.moori and yellow labs. There are many others I like maybe I'll write a list and u guys can help me decide which to choose
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Old 08-30-2011, 10:17 PM   #34
 
Peacocks if i recall can get quite large. How big is your tank?
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:49 AM   #35
 
It's a 4ft, 100 gallon
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Old 09-01-2011, 05:53 PM   #36
 
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moori and labs should work assuming you will get one male of each. No more than one male of each species or you will have aggression problems. I should say even more aggression problems. Fish don't always get along perfectly so you might run into some problems depending on the species and personality of the fish.

By the way most peacocks top out at around 5-6" so not that big.
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Old 09-08-2011, 06:50 PM   #37
 
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this post has been really helpful

i been thinking about setting up a cichlid 55g
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Old 09-14-2011, 07:43 AM   #38
 
Do u have any experience with dither fish? Since the cichlids will mostly stay at the bottom (won't they?) I was thinking about possibly getting a group of fish for the upper water column. I've heard that rainbow fish are good for this?
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Old 09-14-2011, 10:34 AM   #39
 
Malawi Cichlids will go as high as the decorations allow them to feel safe. I have a bunch of fake plant all the way up one side of my tank and the fish will go right to the top on that side, but only halfway up the other side.
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Old 09-14-2011, 11:02 AM   #40
 
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Do u have any experience with dither fish? Since the cichlids will mostly stay at the bottom (won't they?) I was thinking about possibly getting a group of fish for the upper water column. I've heard that rainbow fish are good for this?
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You do not need dither fish with rift lake cichlids. There is the water parameter issue, and the aggressiveness of the cichlids. As ladayen said, arrange the decor up the back of the tank and the fish will spread out.
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