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Old 06-25-2013, 10:52 PM   #1
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Starting Cichlid tank need help

I have a 37 gal that's planted with an assortment of tropicals, I'm planning to change to an all dwarf cichlid tank with approx 6 in all demasoni, yellow lab mix is that the max for my tank? I'm running an eheim pro canister 0 ppm nitrates and right around 8 pH with aquarium salt and a bubbler wand buried in substrate.. Any recommendations?
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:55 AM   #2
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Also I may do some zebras, I'm just not sure how many pairs I can fit without overstocking... Please help!!
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Also I may do some zebras, I'm just not sure how many pairs I can fit without overstocking... Please help!!
First off ill be the one to tell you the cichlids are gonna wreck that planted tank, they're grazers, they graze alot with the occasional feeder shrimp and bloodworms etc, and secondly I would do maybe 6-10 fish max, 2 yellow labs, 2 red zebras, 2 blue cobalt zebras, and (min of 4) demasoni would be good for that tank, your gonna need lots of hiding spots as well for Africans, how is it scaped as of now..?
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A few rocks right now plus a small piece of driftwood.. I have plans on getting more in a week or two, as far as the plants I do like them.. Is there any way to keep the fish off of it.. I do feed veggies as well as shrimp and bloodworms. I'll post a pic of the tank
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Hope this works but here goes..

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Old 06-26-2013, 01:41 AM   #6
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That's a pretty heavily planted tank, and I know the cichlids are gonna destroy it for a fact, I would just stay tropical or risk losing more than a few plants to the graze lol
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That's a pretty heavily planted tank, and I know the cichlids are gonna destroy it for a fact, I would just stay tropical or risk losing more than a few plants to the graze lol
Well I do have a friend who wants some of the fish and plants I was just hoping to keep the plants so my wife doesn't fuss a whole lot at me.. I have 2 German blue ram will they survive their bigger cousins or will I need to find someone to adopt them as well
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Personally, I wouldn't do African Cichlids in a 37 gal tank. Bad footprint for them IMO.
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Personally, I wouldn't do African Cichlids in a 37 gal tank. Bad footprint for them IMO.
How do you mean. Just curious
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Since they are so aggressive and get so large, in my opinion, a 37 gallon aquarium doesn't allow much swimming space after you add in all the rock work you need for proper territories. I would even choose a 40 breeder size over the 37 gallon tank. Even though the 40b is only 3 gallons more than the 37 gallon, it has a MUCH larger footprint which is much better for these aggressive fish.

Footprint of a 37 Gallon Tank: 30 1/4 x 12 1/2 x 22 3/4
Footprint of a 40 Breeder Tank: 36 3/16 x 18 1/4 x 16 15/16
Footprint of a 55 Gallon Tank: 48 1/4 x 12 3/4 x 21

Personally, I like the depth of the 40 Breeder tank my more. For a 6-8" fish, 12" isn't much dept for the fish to turn around in, although most people suggest a 55 gallon tank min. for African Cichlids.

Not to mention how large and dirty these fish are, and the large numbers you need to minimize aggression.
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