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Old 06-30-2011, 03:08 AM   #1
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Ideas for a new 42G Tank

Hi All,
I've recently broken down my 42G marine tank in favour for a smaller 30G marine tank, which means I have a 42G spare and want to start a new project! I have taken a step back from saltwater land and I'm looking to start a new journey in the cichlid world.

I haven't kept cichlids before so this will be a new experience for me.

Feel free to live your new tank project through me

I'll start a new journey/build thread when I have a better idea of what the tank will consist of.

I need to work out:
- Landscaping
- Do I want this as an active breeding tank?
- What types of cichlids work well and what types don't.

I have a rough idea of what I want the tank to look like.
I want a white sand substrate, black background and a whole lot of driftwood and stone for decor.

In regards to cichlids I want: plenty of colour, personality, ease of breeding and care, a peaceful nature - basically something that I can still admire in contrast to a marine tank.

(I'm not asking for much am I )

I look forward to your ideas and info and more than happy for you to post shots for inspiration!

Watch this space.

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Old 06-30-2011, 03:22 AM   #2

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In a 42g I would stick with Ram's, Apisto's, Angel's, or Kribs, something that stays relatively small. There's also some fish from Lakes Malawi and Tanganyika that will work but there's a little more aggression issues involved. Planted tanks are great as well, so maybe it's something to look into since you may already have a nice light fixture.
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