I've started up the cycle with 12 giant danios that the store gave me to start the tank. (they said i could return them for store credit if i give them a sample of good tank water), so yeah, that's going on.
I also browsed through all the fish stores in my area, and i found that none of them had pseudotropheus sp. acei. The clerk at one of them told me that those fish are generally rare in the aquarium business. She also told me that pseudotropheus zebras were very common, and they require similar care. I also liked the zebra look quitea bit, so is this true? can i keep zebras instead of the aceis?
The lady also told me that cynotilapia afras were not very common in the fish trade, either. She said they get them now and then, but the one afra i saw in her tank looked nothing like this: http://http://www.africancichlids.ne...fra_cobwe1.jpg
, more like this: http://http://www.malawiizmir.com/wp...-dorsal-II.jpg
, so i didn't really think it was as cool as before... are afras similar to the first url common or is it some sort of rare color morph? I like the yellow and blue afras a lot more than the drabbish gray and vaguely orange ones.
I did a test and found my water already has a pH of 8.0.. is that enough for mbunas, or should i add some shells or something to make it higher?
I'm also planning on getting some sand from home depot, they sell them in huge 50 lb bags..is that enough? Could you also give me a few tips on how to take care of sand? I remember reading a while ago about like sand creating "anaerobic bacteria" or something.