04-21-2012, 08:37 AM
| || | One of the best cichlid suppliers in North America (here), his fish are always extremely good quality.
Originally Posted by krish
oh and a few more things
how much should i expect to pay for the fish? cuz i might make some beginner's mistakes. It's not entirely the money part, i just don't want to pay like 20 bucks every time to just get the idea of how these cichlids behave.
$5-8 per fish is about normal for what you are wanting to stock but prices do vary a lot.
Also, im planning on moving my bristlenose pleco into the mbuna tank. I also know that they need driftwood, which lowers the pH. Should i put the driftwood in the other tank and lower the pH or is there another alternative?
It takes a long time for driftwood to start lowering the pH, I have driftwood in all my tanks, the 75g has been running 4 years and I have only noticed a .1 drop in pH from 7.9 to 7.8, which may or may not be the driftwood.
Finally, where should I get the cichlids? I'm looking for relativly cheap ones. I know they might lower in quality, but I don't have enough money to buy 12 $20 fish. My maximum is maybe $4-5 dollars per fish. Is this too little? cuz alrady for me $60 on just fish is a bit much.
The mix you are wanting are commonly available but a reputable supplier such as the one I posted will be able to offer the correct ratios of male to female whereas a LFS may not.