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TheKazpi 04-11-2012 10:22 PM

How to Pimp Out My Cichlid Tank
Hey everybody I was just wondering I just got my first tanks with Cichlids and I was wondering what I should put in the tank to accommodate the fish.. i.e. rock, plants all that good stuff. I really want my tank to look sort of like a reef so any recommendations would be awesome. Thanks a bunch.

Tazman 04-11-2012 10:24 PM

What cichlids are they?

TheKazpi 04-11-2012 10:25 PM

They are all African Cichlids in a 55g aquarium.

Tazman 04-11-2012 10:31 PM

Rocks, rocks and rocks would be the theme to mimic their natural habitat. Lake Malawi is full of large boulders and rocky outcrops everywhere.

Provide plenty of hiding holes, caves etc and they will be happy, create a structure that breaks up across tank line of sight (it keeps aggression low).

what cichlids do you have - yellow labs etc...

TheKazpi 04-11-2012 10:43 PM

Oh oh I have a Duboisi and some assorted.. the electric yellow, orange and the blue assorted. I dont know the exact names.

Tazman 04-11-2012 10:50 PM

If you wanted to post pictures might be able to help you with names.

Nice fish the Dubosi BUT wrong fish for your tank....they need large tanks of at least 75g for one male and 125g+ for a group of 10+, they prefer to live in groups. They are also prolific breeders and try and spawn every day! Be WARNED as well, they will not tolerate "dirty" water, it needs to be kept clean. They will also not tolerate any fish which looks similar to them.

TheKazpi 04-11-2012 10:52 PM

K I'll change that.. and I'm gonna get a bigger tank over the summer.. plus they are all just juveniles right now so they are really tiny. And about the pictures I might post them ill have to find a camera first lol.

Tazman 04-11-2012 11:00 PM

No problem. Good call on changing them out. With a 55g tank. Look for 12-15 fish with 3 species max. Yellow labs work with almost any other Africans, some other species are agreesive and need larger tanks. Male to female ratio is also important to keep aggression down. 1 male to 3-4 females, there are some who need 1 male to 10-12 females but also larger tanks. If you need any stocking suggestions then can offer assistance, other members will also help. Ask away and someone will answer.

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