Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Cichlid Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 03-14-2014, 08:44 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
cichlidthinker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 364
Smile Want to start a 50 Gal Cichlid tank, i have a bunch of questions

First off i have researched a lot and i just want to ask a bunch of questions ,i posted a similar thread yesterday and did not receive enough answers so I'm sorry for the repost !

and yes i'm quite the ''noob'' when it comes to cichlids so all tips and advice are welcome, but i have had fish for couple of years just not cichlids

thinking of buying JUWEL® Aquarium | Vision 180 UK black is this a fine tank?

i calculated that i should get about 20 cichlids (medium sized to small) to reduce aggression?

if i dont want them to breed(i would just have this 1 tank) what do i do ? i still want both female and males..

can i just use normal sand which can be found outside of my house? or is crushed coral way better ?
can i use any rock i would see outside ? only 1 petstore where i live and its VERY limited

i still want pretty big cichlids would you suggest some for a community tank ?
can you suggest good fish that could be together ?

how do i maintain ph 8.5 and how do i get it up ?
can a common pleco be with them i heard its ok ?
can i use a normal filtration system (the one which comes with the tank, bioflow 3.0)
and can i use normal lighting? (the one which comes with the tank)

i really want a beautiful tank with sand substrate and bunch of rocks and hiding places , i also want plants but are fake ones not better when it comes to cichlids ?

also when i see videos of tanks with cichlids in them i see sometimes double layered sand ? whats up with that ?

all help is great !
__________________

__________________
cichlidthinker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2014, 11:42 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Mashew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 13
For me I use cichlid sand it's kinda expensive but it helps with PH. Mine stays at a constant 8.2 I don't do anything with it. Plus With outdoor sand you have the chance of getting icky stuff in it and you would need to rinse it a lot more than with the cichlid or pool sand...
You can either over crowd the tank or do less fish with more hiding spots at least one per fish.
You can have both males and females just when they get pregnant don't do anything with the babies. Just depends on the variety you wanna get with Mbunas males and females are the same color. With peacocks it's way easier to tell them apart just depends on which variety of lake of cichlids you want. For a first tank I would do lake Malawi the varieties for me where way easier to take care of.
__________________

__________________
Mashew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2014, 11:47 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Mashew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 13
Layered sand is just a preference on tank I feel. Haven't looked to far into that part. But fake plants are better. I know of people who keep live plants with cichlids. But they have to do a certain type of cichlid that doesn't like to munch on plants. You just have to research on where that type of cichlid is found naturally in the lake. The deeper the water the less plants they will eat is what ive herd.
You can keep plecos with them I usually put them in with the nitrogen cycle starter fish so they develop a first fish attitude. That way the cichlids mess with them less.
__________________
Mashew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2014, 11:50 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Mashew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 13
Last bit of info when you get your 50 gal tank make sure that you get one filter that's meant for a 100gallon tank. Or two 50gal filters
__________________
Mashew is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2014, 11:35 AM   #5
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
cichlidthinker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2014
Posts: 364
Thank you very much for your answers, helped me a lot !
__________________
cichlidthinker is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
cichlid, ich, question, questions, star, start, tan, tank

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Want to start a 50 Gal Cichlid tank, i have a bunch of questions cichlidthinker Cichlid Discussion 9 03-21-2014 05:39 PM
Alright so I want to start a saltwater tank. I want to start out pretty cheap GodFan Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 1 05-18-2012 03:35 PM
Have very soft water? I have a bunch of Tonina Belem sherry Archive 1 11-13-2006 02:04 AM
New Tank: Start w/a bunch of LR and LS? luckycat Saltwater & Reef - Sick Fish or Coral 1 04-20-2004 09:17 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.