03-10-2013, 02:07 PM
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Originally Posted by bigt89
im not sure if this is the right section or not but recently i screwed up my tank swore i would never buy fish frompetsmart again i did ick killed all my fish but my 3 cory cats. i been wanting a bigger tank for awhile now. im going to upgrade to either any were from a 55-75 gallon tank. i was really considering getting cichlids. does anyone know a good place to buy the rock? my lfs sells them but it seems very high. would cost me probably close to $100 buying from them they charge $3 per pound and tere rocks are all heavy. is this just how much they are or can i save money buying from some were else?
also i would not mind having a few of them oscars and maybe a jack dempsey if i can have them with cichlids. i wanted to get soem pirannahs as well but i hate having a tank with just 1 type of fish and was told you cant put a piranah with any other type of fish or it will kill them.
The first thing we need to know is the type of cichlids. Some don't need rocks, some do. And some rocks are calcareous (release minerals to harden the water) which is fine for some, not for other cichlids. I buy rocks from a landscape supply, whjich is OK if you know what you are getting. More when we know the fish.
Jack Dempsey and Oscar are two types of cichlid, but they both have problems and need certain conditions. Click the shaded names, that will pop-up the respective profiles to explain this.
Pirannah is another very different issue. There is a very good article in the MArch 2013 issue of Practical Fishkeeping magazine on this fish. As it notes therein, these fish need their own space, and quite a large one.