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Calmwaters 03-07-2011 07:34 PM

Help me plan
 
the perfect setup for electric yellow cichlids. I have made up my mind that my next tank will be for these beautiful fish. I would like to know what would be the ideal set up for these guys the tank will be 55-65 gallons I will need something to raise my ph so I was thinking maybe a dark colored substrate that will do that. Then of course rocks to make caves and such so I need to know what kind of rocks to use. Also what other cichlids could I put in with them and how many of each would be good.

Calmwaters 03-07-2011 11:12 PM

Would red zebra, cobalt blue, and electric yellow work together? Also would adding some crushed coral to the substrate work to raise the ph from 7.2 to the around 8 they prefer? Come on guys give me some help here please.

catdawg426 03-08-2011 12:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Calmwaters (Post 612466)
Would red zebra, cobalt blue, and electric yellow work together? Also would adding some crushed coral to the substrate work to raise the ph from 7.2 to the around 8 they prefer? Come on guys give me some help here please.

yes, crushed coral works great for raising the ph. Limestone rocks buffers the ph too. Those fish would work together just fine, sounds like a good combo.

SeaHorse 03-08-2011 12:32 AM

I don't recommend messing with your ph cause it changes back on you all by itself, which will stress and or kill your fish but I was given this link regarding rock and how it affects water parameters. Enjoy the read.
Rocks For Aquariums
Great information.

catdawg426 03-08-2011 12:37 AM

the ph won't change if you keep the coral gravel in...it'l change if you use those chemicals though.

Calmwaters 03-08-2011 04:14 PM

I would never use chemicals in my tank for the same reason mentioned but I do plan on the crushed coral in the filter and then the guy at the LFS was telling me today that there is some other rock that he will have in next week that can be used to decorate as well as help the ph he told me the name but I have forgotten what it was. I am looking forward to hopefully setting this up as I have discovered with my blue rams that ciclids have alot more personality than my other fish.

Calmwaters 03-08-2011 04:45 PM

I plan on taking one of the filters from my 55 and putting it on the new tank to get the bacteria a jump start then I think I will add electric yellows first as I have read they are the most hearty but then I am not sure if I should do the reds or blues next? What would you suggest?

Blabomb 03-08-2011 09:38 PM

I use both crushed coral and limestone rock in my cichlid tank to keep my pH up. But I think adding the Yellow Labs first is a good idea. I don't know if you have your heart set on those fish but I would also recommend looking at acei. They are just as peaceful as the Yellow Labs and They make good mates.

Calmwaters 03-08-2011 09:42 PM

The only one I really have my heart set on are the yellows I have wanted some for a really long time but did not have an extra tank to set up for them. I took a look at the one you suggest and it is very pretty I will do it instead of the cobalt. Thank you for all your help.

Blabomb 03-08-2011 09:44 PM

Awesome keep us posted :-) Have you decided what kind of rock you are going to use to create shelters for your fishies?


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