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Old 01-07-2013, 08:56 AM   #1
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55 gal Cichlid tank

I am setting up my 55 gal tank for Cichlid. got a few questions..

1. what is the best substrait for them?
2. best plants for the tank
3. temp for the water to be when getting ready to place them in the tank.


I have my API test kit I will be posting the status this afternoon of the latest test...


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Old 01-07-2013, 10:40 AM   #2
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What kind of cichlids do you want to keep?
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:11 PM   #3
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African Cichlids!!

will be live plants and drift wood also
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:22 PM   #4
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I prefer sand. It's easier to clean and the cichlids love sand as they love digging. Also for that reason you may or may not have luck keeping live plants. Some people have been successful, while others like me can't even keep my fake plants buried cus they dig so much. Temp around 75-78 I keep mine right around 76-77. If you go with Africans I would also suggest building quite a few rock caves for them as lake Malawi is a rocky and sandy bottom. It will help to keep them happy. Also using rocks like limestone will help keep ph up. Africans like ph between like 8-8.5 some even higher. Also rocks help keep your water hard as well.
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Old 01-07-2013, 12:23 PM   #5
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African Cichlids!!

will be live plants and drift wood also
I wouldn't do plants. Some have and have had success and some, including myself have not. I have a TON of Anubias and java fern. Once they matures all my plants became toys and they tore them all up. Driftwood would work.

It all depends on the kind of look your going for, natural look like from where they come from would be a lot of rocks and caves etc. or do what's appealing to you.

Here's my 75g African cichlid tank. I went with a natural look but something I liked. Not really what you would see them in, in the wild but hey... You have to look at it so it has to both functional for them and easy on your eye.



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I agree, DW is fine but in my experience rocks work a lot better for building smaller caves for the less dominant fish to hide in if they are being chased. I keep DW in my cichlid tank too because I like how it looks and for my pleco.
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So sand it is I heard the play sand from home depot works? is that correct?

what about rocks can I use rocks from home depot like flat rocks they have?
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So sand it is I heard the play sand from home depot works? is that correct?

what about rocks can I use rocks from home depot like flat rocks they have?
Yea play sand works. Also if you like black sand I use black diamond blasting sand. Bout 8 bucks for 50 pounds. Yea I use a lot of flat rocks. I get all mine from a landscaping company. Just wash them really well with boiling water. Don't submerge them in boiling water though as there's a possibility the rocks could explode if there's any air pockets in the rock.
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So sand it is I heard the play sand from home depot works? is that correct?

what about rocks can I use rocks from home depot like flat rocks they have?
Also avoid rocks with colors like orange or purple as its usually(not always, but usually) a sign of metals in the rock.
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What about pond pebbles
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