I decided to go with the cichlids because I have 7.8 ph and hardness in my water right from the faucet. I would only be putting 3 or 4 cichlids in each tank. I also plan on using texas holey rock, limestone, coral sand, or a combination of those to raise the hardness without adding a lot of chemicals. In the event of any babies, the mother will go to the 10 gallon quarantine tank just to be safe. What's your opinion on using the Seachem cichlid lake salt for them ? Some sites recommend it while others say not to use it or they never use it. It would make sense to me that if it's in their natural enviroment , they need it in the tank.... but on the other hand most of these fish are tank raised and you don't know what was added to the water.