11-30-2010, 07:14 PM
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First Cichlid Tank
I've been doing research for a few weeks now and haven't been able to find the answers I need so I am turning here in hopes I can get answer before xmas.
I am taking my first foray into cichlids, I kept piranha and a variety of tetras and live breeders in the past. I think I have settled on Electric Yellow Cichlids (labidochromis caeruleus) but the problem I have is that the largest tank I can keep in my current apartment is a 29gal (24"x12" footprint) and I am wondering how many, if any I could keep. I also plan on having one or two bushynosed plecos in the tank. I already have a ton of rocks to create ample caves and hiding places, and I plan on using sand as substrate. Is this a realistic setup plan or should I go back to the drawing board.
Any advice would be helpful, oh and I settled on cichlids because I have extremely hard water and I already make enough trips to get RO water just keeping a small planted tank going.