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Old 01-22-2012, 09:46 PM   #11
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This is what a Rusty should look like
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Old 01-22-2012, 09:54 PM   #12
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I will try and post a picture tomorrow of my Rusties, at the time of writing this it is lights out on the tank and I dont want to scare anyone by turning the lights on.

Let the BN Plecos have their "free" swim and munching session on the algae...always a pleasure to wake up and find a nice clean rock from the plecos overnight work
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Old 01-22-2012, 10:10 PM   #13
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bubbles1 - PM me if want a good cichlid stockist is Canada who ships.
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:08 PM   #14
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Okay well I was jw so I guess there good option for me :) and probably one of the only Africans with pink soo pree cool :p it'll add nice coloration :)

, I'm 100% sure not convicts! Like it has a long mbuna body like it looks very similar to cynthotilapia if not it is :p
And convicts are kinda fat lol but idk I'll just have to ask for specifics :p

and okay I'm sure they'll like the shrimp as a treat every once in a while :)

so the parreallus are an option? Cause they re not very common and are on sale for 4.99 on the website so idk might be a possibility :p

and okay I like sand it looks good but I guess the filter can just suck all dirt up on the smoother surface, but the pump I use for cleaning is good for sand to so ya :p

and okay Id like to see them :p my tank is also lights off... Cause it's empty :p and jw don't mbuna eat algae also? Like do they ever get mad cause they wake up to no breakfast? Lol jw :p I'll check this tomorrow.. After school.. And I have too study for my English exam -_- but I check everyday no matter what :p

Thx for all ur help!

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Old 01-23-2012, 01:50 AM   #15
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okay so ive been wondering for the last few days what to put in my 55 gallon tank...

central american

see all these options are to great for me to decide like my tank has been cycling for last few days and still will because my dad said if i do good on exams (this upcoming week -_- ) hell put forth 200 $ to my fish fund ( piggy bank ive been saving for about a year :P ) but this tank is setup with sand and some rock structures but i honestly stare at it for like an hour at a time just thinking about the cichlids inside and what it would look like :P

.. so can anyone tell me from past experience whats there best cichlid choice? like im talking fish activity for watching, beauty, and show case? i just cannot decide my self :P and ill post pics eventually :)

ohh and side questions for all cichlids
can i put any crayfish in these tank?
and i have these like turtle pellets that come with small shrimp, can they eat those?

okay thanks for all help!!
Just like you I have a tank too. I have 10 Electric Blue Johannii fishes and all of my visitors was really amazed with my blue fishes and some them where trying to buy my fishes too. I have 16 new Electric Blue Johannii fishes on separate tank for breeding.
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:06 AM   #16
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Great suggestions so far.

CA cichlids are a great option too if you go that route. One thing they have over mbuna is they are substrate spawners. There is nothing cooler than watching two parents take care of a cloud of fry. I have two pairs as the moment one in a 29 gallon and the other in a 125. For a 55 a pair of centrarchus would be perfect with maybe some sailfin mollies as dither/target fish. I am sure you will be happy with whatever you go with.
Here is a video of my pair gaurding fry(you can see dad ram the camera a few times)
Here is a vid of my sailfin mollies
And here is a video of my midas pair gaurding their eggs agains the evil algea scrubber lol

Here are pics of my centrarchus male and my pair with fry
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:24 PM   #17
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Wow those are nice! Omg I'm a total sucker for the electric type fishes like electric yellow and blues they're so vibrant! But lol there's always some fetch on compatibility with them :p like I kinda like variety within species and colours so it's always difficult for me to make decisions, ;(

And omg ur cichlids rrcoolj are beauty's! I do t think I've ever seen centrachus at my lfs :( but you never know what I'll see there's alway something different :p and they have like have the store devoted to cichlids so I'm pretty confident I could find some :) and I know they had, thoricythis ellioti, uaru , assorted Severums, baby EBJDS , and a few types of geophagus, sajica and few other centrals that can't remember, they had baby midas there but I'm pretty sure my tanks to small :(, but would those cichlids be able to house my tank?

And ouu ur sailfins are really nice as well ! Whats in the tank with them? Cause I've seen them at my store before and they were huge! And such a wide variety I was so tempted to buy some last time :p but I had to resist :p would they be compatible with any centrals? And as dithers would silver dollars be fine? Or bala sharks, maybe tinfoil barbs? Jw :)

And it would be cool to have some breeding myself :O what do u do with ur fry after the rents ditch em?

Thanks bubbles :)
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Old 01-23-2012, 06:17 PM   #18
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ok ....first of all as i mentioned in your other post. You need to work out where you want to go with stocking options.

It is kind of bouncing around from CA, SA and Africans. My general advice would be choose something that is readily available to you locally whatever that may be. Then you can work on compatibility and tank mates.

PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT buy any fish on the pretense it looks nice..research and ask questions. I have seen and helped people who have done that and it is not only a waste of money for yourself but also stressful to the fish.
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:08 PM   #19
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Only reason I brought up centrals was because the OP asked on opinions for CA as well as lake malawi and lake tanganyika and so far all advice has been toward mbuna. Nothing wrong with that but I wanted to offer a different alternative. I agree that you should thoroughly research setup, stocklist, etc before getting the fish.

For your question on the centrals yes midas get too large for your tank I had mine in a 125. You will probably not find centrarchus locally they can be difficult to find but ellioti would be a great choice for your tank they are very colorful and not too often seen. Mollies will work well as dither/target fish. they are outgoing can usually take a hit and are found natively where many CA cichlids live. Bala sharks, silver dollars, tinfoil barbs, all get too large for that size tank. When breeding if you can keep them alive you have several options. You can give them to a LFS or try to sell them.

Again not to sway you one way or the other just giving you some options. I think you will be happy with either setup. GL with whatever you chose.
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