Hey folks I am planning on starting a 75 gallon cichlid tank. This would be my first cichlid tank. I was thinking of starting with a South American species. Any advice? Set up? Water?
I was planning on using RO water with mineral additions.
My advice would be to get the tank setup and stable before adding south American Cichilds. Keep the temp up, 80 seemed to work for me and make sure you keep the nitrate levels low. Once they get established in a tank... they are really fun to keep and very pretty. Have you picked which Cichlids you are going to keep?
Take a look on-line on the type you want. It depends if you want to keep the smaller SA cichlids or the larger ones. I tend to like the smaller ones, rams, Aptisos, etc...
On the Substrate, it depends on the type of plants you are planning on using. I've used everything from Homedepot playground sand to the expensive planted tank substrates. My favorite, and this is only my opinion from what I've used, I like the seachem flourite substrates. It can get pricey if you are doing a 75 gallon tank. My 72 Gallon has playground sand in it. I attached a picture.
I currently don't have any tanks with sumps....Although I think it would would work and they are easier to do maintenance on.
My tank is a 55gal with 11 mbuna cichlids in it. One of the has a white strip on the side of it. He is acting normal. I am concerned that it is a problem. None of the other fish seem to have it. Any ideas on what to do.
has anyone ever kept sajica with there angelfish i have two sajica in a 30 gallon at the moment and want to move them into my 65 gallon with 4 angelfish they are roughly the same size the angelfish maybe a little larger thanks for any help
I have a 125 gallon with a fx6. Its stocked with 1 oscar, 2 blood parrots, 2 bichirs, and 1 bristlenose pleco. Do you think i could put a bala shark with them? The tank has been running since about April of last year.
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