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Old 04-07-2014, 01:15 PM   #1
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Want to start a cichlid tank

Iam hoping to put some cichlids in a tank ive just started cycling (with media from other tank) is there any important pointers? Is there enough rock in there already? I will be adding hopefully java fern between the current rock (tied down) as i read somewhere cichlids wernt a big fan of eating it????,,, i do know they need a higher ph and lots of filtration and higher fish per gallon ratio, hoping to keep peacocks and haps so tell me how to do it lol, my other tank is trop aswell and doing well

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Do you know the gallons? This number lets us recommend how many cichlids and what kind of cichlids you can keep in your tank. I do like the rock work tho.

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Old 04-07-2014, 01:33 PM   #3
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I believe its 36 gallon which i guess is small for a cichlid set up? Thanks the scaping is finished yet its just so you know what iam working with lol
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It's approximately 43 gallons, which is pretty small for a peacock/hap tank. With that size, I'd recommend going with a mbuna setup or a shell dwelling species. If you're set on peacocks/haps, I'd get a larger tank, 55 gallon/4 foot long tank minimum.
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Old 04-07-2014, 01:47 PM   #5
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I suspected that might be the case are mbunas more aggresive? And hidey as opposed to other types?
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I will be getting 5x2x2 but thats reserved for a marine set up lol
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What about ram cichlids etc?
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Your 165 liter tank is more than enough for rams and as for mbuna, they're more aggressive (though each fish of any species will have their own personality/aggressiveness), but don't necessarily hide. They spend most of their time grazing rocks and swimming around.
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How many rams could be kept? So far mbuna sounds the best option is that what you would do? Also would i need much more rock/hides? And thank you very much for the info
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I haven't kept rams, so I can't give you much info about them; but that makes me bias about mbunas since they're what I currently have. There's no best option, just get what you like, but it's recommended that they have the appropriate space. I'd say more rocks would be good if you did go with mbunas.
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