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I still have a WAYS to go. This is the only decoration I put in so far. The water is cloudy because I put it in the tank about......45 minutes ago? Sorry for the glare.

 

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Thanks friend.

Im going to the fish store tomorrow to pick out fish to put in. Im going to wait a week or so before I purchase the fish to give time for the tank to set up alittle. The driftwood has not been waterlogged yet. Which is the reason I have a rock right next to it holding it down.

Ill have more pictures tomorrow
 

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Im not sure what type yet. I think I want cichlids, but am unsure how many, and what type I should get that will be able to live suffice for a couple years without outgrowing the tank. I want as many as possible but I dont want to be inhuman.

Suggestions?

I like the cichlid tank that I saw on this site that someone has in a 55 gallon.
 

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Well i need to details of your tank, size, dimensions, gallons, Ph, lighting, filter, heater, room temperature, what chemicals are you adding to your tank. etc
 

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Well i need to details of your tank, size, dimensions, gallons, Ph, lighting, filter, heater, room temperature, what chemicals are you adding to your tank. etc
75 gallon (22"Hx48"Wx18"D)
I check the PH about 15 minutes ago and it was 7.2.
Ammonia and Nitrate's @ 0
Lighting at the moment - 2 Coralife Metal Halide 5,500K Lamp's
Room temp - 70*F
Heater = 300 watts.
Filter = Cascade 1500
Chemicals so far = Seachem Prime Tomorrow I am going to start adding Seachem Stability for a week straight according to the directions on the bottle. Any other chems i need to add?
 

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Hmm, a good chichlid size tank, but do not add any other chemicals besides dechlorinator (prime is a good one). Do not try to adjust the ph using chemicals. Use either CO2 to lower it, or crushed coral to raise it. I would say for that size tank might be able to squeeze 1 or 2 oscars (NO MORE THAN !!). Or you could have a discus tank. THat size tank gives you many possiblilties. But most chichlids are sensitive to water conditions so i suggest you do a fishless cycle. If you are going to chose oscars, i would recomend getting double filtration for that tank since they are heavy waste producers. Hey if you have money, you could get a red-belly piranha tank.
 

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I also must say, an oscar can reach pet status. They are extremly intelegent animals and they will know who you are. They dont cost much either, the only things about these is that they require you to care for them. They are quite sensivive and they get lonely if there is only one of them. You being next to the tank doing anything (washing the dishes to reading a newspaper) will provide the human interaction and curriosity they need. You should continue studying these incredible animals, im sure you'll love them.
 

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Hi Firefighter337, that's going to be a lovely looking tank! Can I just ask how you plan on cycling it?
 
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Your tank looks nice great start. Cichlids are great fish we have 2 55gallon tank with cichlids. You can check out this link http://www.fishforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=51 These are Tanganikan cichlids. And here is a photo of our Yellow lab cichlids in the other tank. With these fish you are going to need alot of rock work. But that does not have to be expensive our lab tank is all rocks from our backyard except the one piece of lacerock. But always remember cycle your tank before you purchase any of these fish :) Best of luck

 

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Hi Firefighter337, that's going to be a lovely looking tank! Can I just ask how you plan on cycling it?
I thought about using a school of Tiger Barbs for 1-2 months and taking notes on water levels until the the tank is ready for larger fish.

Any suggestions?
 

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Well they are very expensive and its best you get at least 6 of them. YOu could try geting them at your lfs but they almost never have piranhas. THey best way to get these is to find a private piranha dealer.

Also i would have to tell you to do a fishless cycle if you want prianhas or chichlids since they are both sensitive
 

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Firefighter337 said:
kateyoup said:
Hi Firefighter337, that's going to be a lovely looking tank! Can I just ask how you plan on cycling it?
I thought about using a school of Tiger Barbs for 1-2 months and taking notes on water levels until the the tank is ready for larger fish.

Any suggestions?
If you get tiger barbs do not get any fish that have long fins. barbs tend to be fin nippers.
I like the idea of a cichlid tank. Before we started saltwater we used to have a tank full of cichlids from Lake Malawi. They are stunning fish. But you do need alot of rockwork in order to keep them happy.
 

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Firefighter337 said:
kateyoup said:
Hi Firefighter337, that's going to be a lovely looking tank! Can I just ask how you plan on cycling it?
I thought about using a school of Tiger Barbs for 1-2 months and taking notes on water levels until the the tank is ready for larger fish.

Any suggestions?
If you get tiger barbs do not get any fish that have long fins. barbs tend to be fin nippers.
I like the idea of a cichlid tank. Before we started saltwater we used to have a tank full of cichlids from Lake Malawi. They are stunning fish. But you do need alot of rockwork in order to keep them happy.
:) I am going to the store in a little while because I am building a rock cave in the corner of the left side. Hopefully its going to look nice.
 

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dont get tiger barbs if your getting chichlids or piranhas. As a fact, piranhs shouldnt be mixed with other fish incase they starve and eat the other fish. Tiger barbs are fin nippers. I would still suggest you doing a fishless cycle.
 

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dont get tiger barbs if your getting chichlids or piranhas. As a fact, piranhs shouldnt be mixed with other fish incase they starve and eat the other fish. Tiger barbs are fin nippers. I would still suggest you doing a fishless cycle.
The talked with the owner of the local fish shop for about 1 hour today, who I found out is my dad's good friend and practically raised me from 1 y/o to 8 y/o from BBQ's to taking me to my t-ball games, He is an awesome guy.

He had a 75 gallon tank set up with 2 oscars, 2 parrot fish, and about 6 other small cichlids (I forgot their names). I talked with him about capatibility of the fish, and water levels and told him what my set-up consist of. He told me that he has over 35 years experience with a very wide variety of fish and he always does his showcase tanks, stocked almost identically because he likes oscars, parrots and the other cichlids . Sometimes he does have problems with the fish bullying, so he just moves the bully fish to another aquarium and puts a smaller fish of the same kind in the tank and problem is solved.

I told him I dont have multiple tanks to swap fish around, he just told me he would take it back and give me another one. Trial and error until I get it right.

He even told me, if I wanted he would come to my house, test my water levels and deliver the fish to me, no charge.

Sounds like a deal to me. So that is the route I am taking. I'll let you guys know how it goes.


OH. I also stopped by a friends house, who has a creek in his backyard, to pick up some slate rocks and other types for my tank. Im going to clean them up now.
 

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ouch, i dont like parrot fish, there hybrids and they cant even close there mouths, thats just painful. But its an opinonated matter. Anyway good luck with your chichlid tank, im sure the owner can give you hands on help and we can give you talking advise :)
 
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