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Old 12-08-2008, 06:07 AM   #1
 
Cichlid First Timer

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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?

Stacey
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Old 12-08-2008, 12:49 PM   #2
 
Well i guess it would be what type of cichlids you would like american or african. from what i have been told and seen never mix the two.
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:45 PM   #3
 
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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....


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Hi

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?

Stacey
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:54 PM   #4
 
well the electric blues and yellows sound good but if you get those, those are african cichlids, never mix them with new world cichlids (Jack dempsey, fire mouth cichlid, convict) they don't mix and eventually one will die from stress, but yeah it sounds great, just stick to african cichlids
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Old 12-08-2008, 02:58 PM   #5
 
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<a href="acei.jpg - Image - Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting" target="_blank"><img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...rin11/acei.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
That's the acei, mine is more purple than blue though.

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The greshakei

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OB peacock, mine looks exactly like that one.

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redpeacock

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blue peacock

and of course the yellow lab, which you already know what it looks like!
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:19 PM   #6
 
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Sand is usually a better substrate but you don't have to switch if you don't want to. The limestone you've got there will do a great job of raising the hardness and pH to the appropriate levels for African rift lake cichlids.

Just note that these are very messy fish, so be sure to get 2-3 times the recommended filtration for the tank. For mbuna like you're interested in, be sure to have them on a spirulina flake or pellet food as a staple, as these fish are mainly herbivores.
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:57 PM   #7
 
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Just note that these are very messy fish, so be sure to get 2-3 times the recommended filtration for the tank.
I actually do 10x the gallons. Example: 75 gallon, with 400gph and 350gph filters. So every hour my filters are filtering 750 gallons.
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Old 12-08-2008, 11:35 PM   #8
 
Thanks for all that. The photo's were cool too. We just bought our filter and heater today and have it all up and running. I can't remember now how many litres it does in an hour but it's they recommended so I'm sure it will be fine. I justcan't wait now to add some fish. I will be taking a water sample into them on Thursday to get it tested and we will go from there.
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:50 AM   #9
 
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I also suggest doing a fishless cycle. It's not the fun way of doing things, but it's much healthier for the fish in the long run. The reason I say this is because no fish is going through the cycling process, where ammonia and nitrites can and most likely will kill the fish. Read up some articles about fishless cycling, I do it for all my tanks and you don't have to change the water while the cycling process is going on. If you have a fish in there you wil most likely be doing 2-3 wc's a week to keep the ammonia and nitrites at a low level.
Good luck, and have fun!

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Thanks for all that. The photo's were cool too. We just bought our filter and heater today and have it all up and running. I can't remember now how many litres it does in an hour but it's they recommended so I'm sure it will be fine. I justcan't wait now to add some fish. I will be taking a water sample into them on Thursday to get it tested and we will go from there.
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Old 12-11-2008, 12:48 AM   #10
 
Yay!! I bought my fish today!!! I now have 3 Electric Yellows and 3 Electric Blues. I am so happy. I also bought a light and background picture. They seem to be loving exploring all the different spots I have made up for them. Hopefully all goes well for them now. They are only babies at them moment so I can't wait to see them grow up. One of my blues is almost twice the size of the others but so far ok.
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