I'm considering starting a 90 gallon with African Cichlids. I've read quite a few articles about the basic water parameters and general tank set-up, but I don't know much about the fish themselves. I'm narrowing down to Lake Tanganyikan species, as to me they are more attractive The Frontosa is very appealing, others of interest are Tropheus and Calvus species. Some basic questions --
How big do Africian Cichlids (lets stick with they kind I've mentioned) get? How many could be happy in my tank?
Which are the most interesting?
I'm used to mixed species tanks -- can these guys be mixed together/ with similar species, or should they be kept in a tank of one species?
Can they be mixed with any non-cichlid species?
Is there anything important to know in selecting the fish? (example, how big they should be, how many to get at one time, can you add more/different species at a later time, etc)
I prefer not to deal with live foods - what can I expect to feed these guys?
Any suggestion for a sample stocking for my tank?
Thanks for any suggestions/recommendations