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Old 02-13-2014, 12:08 AM   #1
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I have a 46 gallon bow front tank. I want cichlids but I want a balanced tank. I'm in Gainesville ga so I'm not sure where to buy fish except from big chain pet stores. Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:12 AM   #2
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What's your meaning of balanced :P do you plan on having females, which leads to breeding or do you want an all male show tank? Search online distributors for fish, better variety and shipping isn't too bad.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:18 AM   #3
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Top swimmers, middle swimmers, and bottom swimmers. Do you have any suggestion on a online distributer?
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:23 AM   #4
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I'm cycling my tank for a another week before I add any fish. I have play sand as a substrate. I have a bio wheel hob filter and it keeps kicking up the sand.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:28 AM   #5
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You could try a water bottle baffle to reduce the out flow. Or add more media. That might help. Just curious, why are you waiting another week if your cycle is finished???
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I was told I had to cycle a tank for a month. I got a used filter from a friend and I also got some of his water when she did a water change. I'm still not sure what kind of cichlids would do best in 46 gallon tank.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:39 AM   #7
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So, are you feeding the bacteria? Sometimes cycles can take more than a month, the only real way to tell with a fish-less is by testing.
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I had no clue I had to feed the bacteria. I do a water test every two days and I haven't had any spikes for a week now.
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:52 AM   #9
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Oh man. I'm going to give you bad news, so don't hate me. Bacteria need an ammonia source or they die. So you probably are back to block one and your tank is NOT cycled. BTW I know you are looking for an answer to your cichlid question, which I don't know the answer to, but if your tank is not properly cycled when you put those fish in, they will die, which sucks.
I would highly recommend you read up on how to properly cycle an aquarium, and get another media seed from your friend (they are great!) Here are some good reads to get you started.
Guide to Starting a Freshwater Aquarium - Aquarium Advice
Fish-in Cycling: Step over into the dark side - Aquarium Advice
Tips and Tricks For Your Fastest Fishless Cycle! - Aquarium Advice
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Old 02-13-2014, 12:54 AM   #10
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I'm guessing the ammonia spikes you experienced were the ammonia that came in with the seeded material then? Not sure, but reguardless, read the guide to starting a freshwater aquarium. It's good.
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