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post #1 of 10 Old 01-29-2013, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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community to cichilds

Hi guys need some advise can I go straight from community( guppies, mollies, gouramis) tank to cichilds tank all those fish will be gone before adding cichilds. adding some rocks as well.
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-29-2013, 12:34 PM
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Hi guys need some advise can I go straight from community( guppies, mollies, gouramis) tank to cichilds tank all those fish will be gone before adding cichilds. adding some rocks as well.
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What size is the aquarium? What species of cichlids are you wanting to keep? What are you current water parameters? (PH, ammonia, nitrate, nitrite).

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65G FW Mbuna tank
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it's 4ft 300litres ph7 ammonia 0.8
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Tank is plenty large enough for cichlids, what do you intend to keep though? For cichlids it is best to have a pH of around 7.8~8.0. I keep mine in 7.8. Your ammonia should be 0.00 PPM though.

What are you nitrite and nitrates? How long has this aquarium been running?

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aulonocara baenschi benga to start with. aquarium has been running for 6 month but I have done 100% water change week ago as I was changing from sand to gravel. Nitrates 22.
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nitrates 22 nitrite 0
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another thing can i mix it for now couple days tops with my fish as cichilds I'm getting is juveniles 1-2 inch? thanks
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another thing can i mix it for now couple days tops with my fish as cichilds I'm getting is juveniles 1-2 inch? thanks
Are you doing regular water changes to remove the nitrates from the aquarium?

I also wouldn't add anything to the aquarium right now until you get your ammonia down to 0.00. Any hint of ammonia can harm a fish permanently.

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post #9 of 10 Old 01-30-2013, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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yes I'm changing 25% every other day. before changing to gravel was doing once a week. thanks I won't be adding any fish until is back to normal . what else would you suggest as tank mates for the ones I already chose.
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yes I'm changing 25% every other day. before changing to gravel was doing once a week. thanks I won't be adding any fish until is back to normal . what else would you suggest as tank mates for the ones I already chose.
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The sunshine is a beautiful peacock (I actually have one myself). Here are a few that I can recommend.

German Red Peacock
Blue Peacock (Aulonocara nyassae) (I have one, the males are beautiful)
Yellow Labs (Labidochromis caeruleus) (Have these too, great addition)
VC-10 (Placidichromis Milomo) Not a peacock, but has the same mind set and not aggressive towards peacocks, I also have one of these.
Ruby Red Peacock (Aulonocara Sp. Rubescens)

These are just a few that can be kept with the ones you mentioned, there are many more.

A usual rule of thumb is not to take the advice of your fish store when you go to purchase your fish, as they are there to sell you fish, not for the well being of the fish they sell to you. Always do your research and have fun with the hobby.
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