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Setting up first African Cichlid tank, got questions
Old 04-14-2009, 12:12 PM   #1
 
Setting up first African Cichlid tank, got questions

Hi, I'm new here and last night decided I want an African Cichlid tank. So I started setting up my 55 gal. I cleaned it out and rinsed off about a 5 gal bucket worth of sand and about a 5 gal bucket worth of crush coral that had been sitting for 3-6 yrs and put that in my tank. I also put some rocks in there, but I'm not liking the look of most of them. So my question is...Can I use reefs and live rocks (no longer living) that have been out of a marine tank for about 6 yrs in it? I'm wanting cichlids from Lake Malawi, not real sure about which group yet. We'll probably go to a store and look at the different types soon and start trying to aim at getting the ph and temps to which I chose. I know I need my tank to be running at least a month before adding fish.

We currently have the following tanks....

10 gal in the kitchen with a few female guppies, platies, coolie loaches, cories, baby kribs, and an African butterflyfish.

125 gal in the living room with kribs, a leporinus, pleco, covicts, oscars, fire mouths, and gorumies (sp?) The covicts, oscars and fire mouths were just added over the weekend.

We will also be setting up a 30 gal reef tank later. And are helping my daughter's kindergarden class set up a 10 gal comunity tank and may look into setting them up a small reef tank for a short while.
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Old 04-15-2009, 03:15 PM   #2
 
Yes you can use dead live rock with cichlids. It would real nice to. And if you want to buy fish online I would recommend checking out Buy African Cichlids at Live Fish Direct: Aquarium Fish Breeder
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:44 AM   #3
 
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Yes you can use dead live rock with cichlids. It would real nice to. And if you want to buy fish online I would recommend checking out Buy African Cichlids at Live Fish Direct: Aquarium Fish Breeder
Thanks for the link. I also have chickens and know people having really bad luck with shipping chicks and eggs, so I no longer trust to have live animals shipped. There's a fish store in Seattle that is suppose to be really good. The first ones I add I'll probably go to a local fish store, that way I test out on some cheap fish that aren't quite up to par like the higher priced ones.
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Old 04-19-2009, 11:28 AM   #4
 
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good pet store

Have you Been to a place called : A Place For Pets?

If not They are very good and have many chiclids to choose from
heres the adress if you need it : 431 sw 152nd st Burien, Wa
Phone : 206-244-3502

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Old 04-22-2009, 06:05 PM   #5
 
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Using dead live rock in a cichlid tanks should be no problem. It will probably help to keep the hardness and pH up.

Just a side note: your oscars, once they get some size on them, could very well eat your kribs.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:16 AM   #6
 
Hello,

Can somebody tell me were i can refer for setting up a cichlids tank, i.e the fish tank setting with rock, wood pcs,( looks ) do any one have few snaps or any site were i can check up, so that i can do some wht which i would like.

Thanks
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Old 05-04-2009, 11:34 AM   #7
 
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