Hey everyone!So I've had a 55 gallon tank set up for about 2 years now (ph-7.9ish, nitrates-5.0ppm, nitrites-0ppm, ammonia-0ppm) running a Fluval 406 and Fluval U4 that had about 5 rainbowfish, 1 BN Pleco, 2 juvenile clown loaches, 1Synodontis Angelicus, and 1 Elephantnose; usually do monthly 30% water changes. About a week ago my tank had a heater AND filter malfunction/tragedy while I was out of town causing my elephantnose and all rainbowfish to die... Now that I've taken care of that I'm looking to new opportunities among the vast world of cichlids!
This would be my first attempt at cichlids but I do know a bit about them. I do know that African cichlids (Lake Malawi,haven't decided on haps/peacocks or mbuna) are extremely hard to kill and usually look attractive so that's a win-win. But SA cichlids (no Discus plz) might give me a wider variety to choose from.
I would really like to throw in a Leopard Ctenopoma and a blood parrot (I'm aware with their philosophical issue with their existence in the hobby) if possible.