12-06-2010, 11:50 AM
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New 55gal tank for X-mas! African cichlid tank questions.
I was able to convince my husband to buy me a 55 gal aquarium kit from Meijer for Christmas this year. I didn't think he would let me, we just bought a 29 gal, but he sees how much I am enjoying it
! I want to set up an African (Lake Malawi) Cichlid tank. I'm going to use the filter that comes with it plus a Marineland Penguin bio-wheel 350b I ordered online. I bought blue quartzite aquarium stone in a 20 lbs kit from e-bay (if it isn't enough I'll be getting more) and I'm pricing the Carib Sea Ecco-Complete Live Freshwater African Cichlid Sand atm. I've heard it is lighter than in the pictures online so I'll probably find some suitable black to go with it. My water is on the harder side of soft but has a ph of about 8.4 this morning and is normally around there. I need to go back up to my lfs again (they know me by voice on the phone and by sight now, lol) to refresh my mind on what cichlids they carry. I love blue so that's what I'm mostly looking for, but I do want a little mix of color too. I want to get at least one breading pair. I read that you should overstock to keep aggression down, providing adequate hiding, about 20-25 (not large) for a 55 gal? I don't know if my lfs will have what I want though. Has anyone bought fish online? I'm nervous about how it will effect the fish and shipping costs are crazy, is it worth it (and if it is, how do I convince my hubby, lol)? Any pointers or suggestions are welcome!! Thanks for reading!