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.
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
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
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.
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.
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