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Old 06-15-2016, 07:20 PM   #1
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First cichlid tank

This is my first attempt at keeping cichlids. I've just set up a 55g long, the backing is due soon. Need help with stocking SA, how many would the tank fit comfortably, should I mix sex, are plants a bad idea. Also want parrot cichlids and 3-4 clown loaches. All hints, tips and help welcome.


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Old 06-15-2016, 07:21 PM   #2
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Old 06-15-2016, 07:45 PM   #3
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Looks nice! Is that holey rock in there? If so, you might want to think about African cichlids, since holey rock may raise your pH, which is better for African cichlids than for other types of fish.
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Old 06-15-2016, 07:55 PM   #4
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Yea it's honey rock and 30kg of coral sand, I have more rocks but this way there are some nice cave systems and I didn't want to over cram it.


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That looks like your off to a great start! I'd recommend painting the back black.
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Agree, this setup is aimed more at Malawian cichlids, rather than South American (or hybrid parrots)


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My mistake when i put SA I was thinking South African lol.
As for the backing I have the fake rock wall on order


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First cichlid tank

Oh good! That's a relief: your set-up looks great for African cichlids! (And more specifically, as freakgecko noted above, Malawi cichlids.)

I would skip the parrots and the clown loaches, then, since they are not really compatible with your set up. Plus, clown loaches need a much bigger tank.

Instead of loaches, I recommend some type of synodontis for bottom dwellers.
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Thanks for advice. I'm not sure what the freakgecko looks like I've tried google images but there seems like 8 or 9 different fish. I'll ditch the idea of the clowns and have a look for something else. Am also very tempted for a pair of zebra plecs.


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Freakgecko is the person who posted about Malawis before, not a type of fish (at least not that I know of)!
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