12-08-2008, 01:45 PM
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So that's roughly a 60 gallon tank. If you are going african I would suggest taking back the gravel and going with an aragonite sand. It buffers the pH and keeps it high enough for africans. Or if you really like your gravel, then get a stocking and buy a little bag of aragonit sand and put it in your filter that should raise the pH for them :) But don't fluctuate the pH, keep it stable and they will be fine.
I SUGGESt and STRESS going an ALL MALE TANK. Females cause the males to be even more aggressive than they already are. I love my all male tank, because you get all the colors and they aren't as aggressive (at least mine have been "pretty good"). If you want females then I would stick with 2 species and the ratio of 1 male to about 4-5 females. But an all male tank is much more flashier. If you decide to go all male 1 male per species, they'll get aggressive to their own kind.
I personally love the peacocks, my red peacock looks awesome, and I also love acei because that purplish and yellow looks so good together. I don't particularly like the electric blues, but each to their own, but I have heard bad things about mixing them with peacocks....
I'll try to post some pics of the peacocks I am talking about to give you some ideas....
Originally Posted by Stap
Well I have just bought a 230L tank and am now waiting to buy my first cichlids. I am very excited. I have never had tropical fish before so it's very cool.
I have a pine stand with it which I stained over the weekend (it looks so good). I also have gravel and three big limestone rocks. I only justfilled it today and will be buying my filter tomorrow. The heater will come in on Thursday.
So far they have told me to start with electric yellows and blues. Whatdo you think?