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post #11 of 19 Old 01-20-2007, 07:20 AM
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Your tank looks nice great start. Cichlids are great fish we have 2 55gallon tank with cichlids. You can check out this link http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=51 These are Tanganikan cichlids. And here is a photo of our Yellow lab cichlids in the other tank. With these fish you are going to need alot of rock work. But that does not have to be expensive our lab tank is all rocks from our backyard except the one piece of lacerock. But always remember cycle your tank before you purchase any of these fish :) Best of luck

 
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post #12 of 19 Old 01-20-2007, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Hi Firefighter337, that's going to be a lovely looking tank! Can I just ask how you plan on cycling it?
I thought about using a school of Tiger Barbs for 1-2 months and taking notes on water levels until the the tank is ready for larger fish.

Any suggestions?
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post #13 of 19 Old 01-20-2007, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Hey if you have money, you could get a red-belly piranha tank.
http://cgi.ebay.com/5-Live-Red-Belly...QQcmdZViewItem

Where can I buy these Piranha's you talk about?
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post #14 of 19 Old 01-20-2007, 11:27 AM
Well they are very expensive and its best you get at least 6 of them. YOu could try geting them at your lfs but they almost never have piranhas. THey best way to get these is to find a private piranha dealer.

Also i would have to tell you to do a fishless cycle if you want prianhas or chichlids since they are both sensitive
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post #15 of 19 Old 01-20-2007, 12:04 PM
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Hi Firefighter337, that's going to be a lovely looking tank! Can I just ask how you plan on cycling it?
I thought about using a school of Tiger Barbs for 1-2 months and taking notes on water levels until the the tank is ready for larger fish.

Any suggestions?
If you get tiger barbs do not get any fish that have long fins. barbs tend to be fin nippers.
I like the idea of a cichlid tank. Before we started saltwater we used to have a tank full of cichlids from Lake Malawi. They are stunning fish. But you do need alot of rockwork in order to keep them happy.
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Hi Firefighter337, that's going to be a lovely looking tank! Can I just ask how you plan on cycling it?
I thought about using a school of Tiger Barbs for 1-2 months and taking notes on water levels until the the tank is ready for larger fish.

Any suggestions?
If you get tiger barbs do not get any fish that have long fins. barbs tend to be fin nippers.
I like the idea of a cichlid tank. Before we started saltwater we used to have a tank full of cichlids from Lake Malawi. They are stunning fish. But you do need alot of rockwork in order to keep them happy.
:) I am going to the store in a little while because I am building a rock cave in the corner of the left side. Hopefully its going to look nice.
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post #17 of 19 Old 01-20-2007, 01:54 PM
dont get tiger barbs if your getting chichlids or piranhas. As a fact, piranhs shouldnt be mixed with other fish incase they starve and eat the other fish. Tiger barbs are fin nippers. I would still suggest you doing a fishless cycle.
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post #18 of 19 Old 01-20-2007, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
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dont get tiger barbs if your getting chichlids or piranhas. As a fact, piranhs shouldnt be mixed with other fish incase they starve and eat the other fish. Tiger barbs are fin nippers. I would still suggest you doing a fishless cycle.
The talked with the owner of the local fish shop for about 1 hour today, who I found out is my dad's good friend and practically raised me from 1 y/o to 8 y/o from BBQ's to taking me to my t-ball games, He is an awesome guy.

He had a 75 gallon tank set up with 2 oscars, 2 parrot fish, and about 6 other small cichlids (I forgot their names). I talked with him about capatibility of the fish, and water levels and told him what my set-up consist of. He told me that he has over 35 years experience with a very wide variety of fish and he always does his showcase tanks, stocked almost identically because he likes oscars, parrots and the other cichlids . Sometimes he does have problems with the fish bullying, so he just moves the bully fish to another aquarium and puts a smaller fish of the same kind in the tank and problem is solved.

I told him I dont have multiple tanks to swap fish around, he just told me he would take it back and give me another one. Trial and error until I get it right.

He even told me, if I wanted he would come to my house, test my water levels and deliver the fish to me, no charge.

Sounds like a deal to me. So that is the route I am taking. I'll let you guys know how it goes.


OH. I also stopped by a friends house, who has a creek in his backyard, to pick up some slate rocks and other types for my tank. Im going to clean them up now.
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post #19 of 19 Old 01-20-2007, 05:16 PM
ouch, i dont like parrot fish, there hybrids and they cant even close there mouths, thats just painful. But its an opinonated matter. Anyway good luck with your chichlid tank, im sure the owner can give you hands on help and we can give you talking advise :)
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