I have a community setup, but looking to make a transition to cichlids..
-FILTRATION: Currently have an emperor 280 and Aquaclear 70 HOB filters...calculates to about 10x turnover/hour. Pretty good, but I've heard many switch to canister filters with cichlids...?? Do they work better? Do i need more turnover?
-SCAPING: I have a natural/tan colored gravel right now..Weary about making a switch to sand, and don't want to disturb the bacteria of my established tank if i dont have to (i dont want to recycle). Would a black gravel do better against the bright colors of the fish? Perhaps white with dark rock aquascape? Like slate?? Or a mixture of gravel colors?
-SPECIES: I really like P. saulosi, since they have good color in both males and females. Any colorfuls that would go along with these guys? Ive heard rusty cichlids work well...anything else? I also really like the melanochromis spp....maingano or parallelus, if possible...
-LEFTOVERS: Would pictus catfish, a clown loach, or bristlenose pleco stay alive/happy in a mbuna setup? They are some of the members of the current community.
Thanks in advance for any help.