06-06-2012, 01:34 PM
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Originally Posted by prinmel
Welcome to the hobby! Cichlids are a great choice.. I used to keep them. They were too mean for me though, it hurt my feelings when they attacked each other :0)
Goldfish are actually a good way to get a tank started, they put out a lot of waste to feed the bacteria that need to grow in order for your tank to be ready for more fish.
I always liked peacock cichlids. They are a little nicer than others and they are a very pretty dark blue. They do get beat up by other breeds though because they are a little more timid... well mine did anyway.
If you keep cichlids you will need WAY more rocks than plants in the tank. Cichlids have to have many rock crevasses to hide in because they will start claiming multiple holes as their own and the ones being chased will need places to hide. You will also need to change the rock formation all the time to discourage territories from being formed.
i agree with the ciclid infomation.but as for the gold fish being good for cycle purposes i dont agree with.i have a gold fish tank right now and its been up for a year now and still to this day can not get the water parameters anywere near right.and i have read that aswell.if you want to cycle a tank properly you need to use a hardy fish in your cause about 2 or 3.not that gold fish aint hardy but a fish thats hardy and a good cycle fish..i started my cycle on my ciclid tank with cyclids.african ciclids to be more informative.if i were you id get rid of the gold fish empty the tank clean,refill, add aquarium salt,change filter media and get a bottle of cycle from the store.give it a week or so do a 30% water change and take a sample to the local pet store and have them test it.it should come out near perfect.at this point the water is decent to add fish to get the cycle moving along better.get about 2 or 3 ciclids i kno for a fact that the african cyclids are damn hardy.get them and introduce them in to there new home.now you want to watch the tank every week from the day you introduce them.water change 30% every week on the introduced day add a hand full of salt and have the water tested. at this point the water maybe good or you may have a ammonia spike.dont be alarmed this is pefectly normal.just keep up with matanice and water changes and in about 4 to 6 weeks you should be just done with the cycle.eveyweek have you water tested untill you break cycle time.then add a few fish and keep a eye on things. by this time you should be good.