55 Gallon Cichlid Tank
Alright first happy thanksgiving haha. Now I am planning on purchasing a 55 gallon cichlid tank. I was wondering where would it be cheapest to get the tank, lighting, and stand (which store). I was planning on some pool filter sand as the substrate and what kind of rocks? I was gonna get two aquaclear filters both up to 50 gallons.
Stocking for the tank would be something like:
4 Yellow Labs
? Another Species?
i would use any site that has a site to store option because shipping on tanks is supper expensive !!!! but if you are going to the stores there are a lot of options as for the set up you could get an empty tank and buy all the other stuff separate so you get just what you want or get a kit.... you could get one used from Craigs list , ebay, or your local newspaper. Tag sales... it really depends how you want it and how much work you want to do.... many second hand tanks are great but some need to be resealed and all second hand tanks need to be cleaned with vinagar and a razor to be sure you dont have any nasties that the previous owner may not have know they had...
heres what i would stock with in order of which fish to buy first to cut down on aggro.
1. yellow labs
2. red zebras
3. some sort of pleco
4. maybe a livingstoni
5. a few upside down catfish
6. a few blue johanni
that should be a good starting stock list. you only want to start with about 4-5 fish initally due to the cycle process. as far as your substrate itll work fine as long as you wash it first (evenb if it says pre washed) as far as where to get everything else look on craigs for your tank and stand then go and buy your equip. persoannly i hate the aquaclear filters and LOVE the bio wheel filters. with rocks it doesnt matter what you get but im sure your water doesnt come out around 8.0 ph wise so i would def get some limestone and maybe a small bag of dolimite to throw in your filter to bring up your ph. remember cichlids need a place to call home if all of them dont have a home you will have severe aggro issues. just remember lots and LOTS of caves. if you have any more african q's feel free to shoot me a Q
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