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post #1 of 15 Old 06-26-2007, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
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african cichlid tank

i am thinking of setting up a 50 gallon african cichlid tank. not sure what fish to put in yet as i dont have any exspeiernce in this area. i have 2 green severums would they be ok with the african chuicled tank.

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post #2 of 15 Old 06-26-2007, 03:26 PM
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I just found this article on a peaceful Malawi tank: http://www.hagblomfoto.com/article_peaceful_malawi.htm
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post #3 of 15 Old 06-26-2007, 05:16 PM Thread Starter
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cheers that has really helped
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post #4 of 15 Old 06-26-2007, 06:41 PM
Having been the keeper of many African cichlid tanks in my life and as many tanks as there are species, I think, I have found that the term "peaceful" is relative. I have, and have kept Malawian, Tanganyikan, now Victorains(my latest venture), and riverines, as well as South Americans, for more than 25 years and have found that cichlids will be cichlids. They are pugnacious, full of personality, and sometimes downright ruthless. The best suggestion that I can give someone who wants to begin keeping cichlids are: (A) jam the tank full of fish and filter in excess. "Turning" the tank over 30+ times per hour would not be an excess. (B) Have many hospital tanks at the ready. If you have any questions you may pm me or we can chat together in the chatroom when we both are there. Good luck and............CICHLIDS RULE.
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post #5 of 15 Old 06-27-2007, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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thanks for that and if i get into any trouble ill ask you.

im not setting the tank up yet yntill i have found a place for my other fish.
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post #6 of 15 Old 06-30-2007, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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wahat is the best substrate for the tank. at the moment there is gravel but would sand be better. also what catfish or bottem dwellers would be able to go into the tank with the reef chichlid tank.
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post #7 of 15 Old 06-30-2007, 11:18 AM
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also what catfish or bottem dwellers would be able to go into the tank with the reef chichlid tank.
Synodontis species. Avoid plecs in this case.

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post #8 of 15 Old 07-02-2007, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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would larva rock me ok in the tank as i have loads left over from a previous tank
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post #9 of 15 Old 07-03-2007, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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also i really like birchirs would they be ok with the african cichlids
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also i really like birchirs would they be ok with the african cichlids
No. African cichlids and bichirs share the same level (bottom). The bichir will be beaten to death by the territorial behavior of the African cichlids.

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