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Geoffrey 04-01-2012 12:20 AM

55G African Cichlid PicLog
 
Recently got a 55 gallon and decided to make it an African Cichlid tank. Going to try to stick to Lake Malawi.
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/m...till-23613.jpg
Going to add some live plants to reduce the nitrates and replace some of the clay pots with river rocks. Might break up the pots to make some extra caves.

Current stock list:
1 Rainbow Shark
1 Dwarf Gourami (might move to my 10gal)
2 Bristlenose Plecos
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1 Yellow Lab Peacock Male
1 Eureka Red Peacock Female
1 OB Peacock Male
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/m...-2-3-23615.jpg

Have more on the way from an online store.
Keeping it at 78F, Marineland dual hangon filter.
Any thoughts or suggestions?

More pics will come with any changes or additions.

Geoffrey 04-15-2012 09:16 PM

Here's a video of my new fish right out of the box.

Tazman 04-15-2012 09:34 PM

Keep an eye on the red shoulder and Sulphur head, you might have problems when they are adults. They look similar in color and might be aggressive to each other.

The yellow lab is not the best to be with peacocks, mbuna are generally more active than peacocks and tend to stress them out.

I would really recommend you get another filter, either another HOB or canister, you need to over filter cichlids by at least 10-15 times the tank volume. Try as well, when you feed to feed at the opposite end of the tank from the filter...I noticed in your video a lot of food was being sucked into the filter...this will cause nitrate issues, if you do not keep the filter pads clean on a very regular basis.

Tank deco looks nice, works well in your tank with the clay pots...bubble wall to be honest you do not really need it, the filter is doing the surface agitation and gas exchange...just a thought as it can sometimes stress peacocks and as such they will not color up to there full potential.

Geoffrey 04-23-2012 12:05 AM

Thanks for the info Taz. I have since turned off the air pump and things are fine.
I also broke up more clay pots to create a lot more hiding spots.
Moved both the Yellow Lab and the Gourami due to aggression.

Noticed some ich on a couple of the peacocks so I am now in the middle of a heat/salt treatment. 85F, 1Tbsp/10gal. So far so good. Ich spots are going away. Still noticing some twitching and rubbing on rocks tho.

Tazman 04-23-2012 07:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Geoffrey (Post 1056291)
Thanks for the info Taz. I have since turned off the air pump and things are fine.
I also broke up more clay pots to create a lot more hiding spots.
Make sure the edges are NOT sharp as it could potentially injure the fish.
Moved both the Yellow Lab and the Gourami due to aggression.
The Peacocks will thank you long term.
Noticed some ich on a couple of the peacocks so I am now in the middle of a heat/salt treatment. 85F, 1Tbsp/10gal. So far so good. Ich spots are going away. Still noticing some twitching and rubbing on rocks tho.
Keep the treatment going for a few days to a week after you notice all the fish are clear

:thumbsup: so far, keep an eye on them all and it will be a nice looking tank when they start coloring up fully.

Geoffrey 05-10-2012 07:53 PM

Well, I finally redecorated the tank with natural looks. River rocks and Amazon Swords. More fish are on the way to fill out the tank.
Got the rocks from the creek behind my house. Scrubbed with hot water and dipped in boiling water.


Tazman 05-10-2012 08:05 PM

:thumbsup: Looking good!

what fish are you adding?

Geoffrey 05-27-2012 01:15 AM

Finally finishing up stocking/balancing my all male tank! Turning out really good!
New fish would be Flameback Hap, Deep Water Hap, Regal Blue Peacock, German Red.
Tell me what you think!


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