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Old 05-15-2014, 09:48 PM   #1
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What kind of sand to use and how many Cichlids

I was wondering what kind of sand and how many cichlids I can put in a 30 gallon aquarium? What aquarium mates can I put in with them. Thanks in advance
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:19 PM   #2
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I used African cichlid sand and it's great because you don't have to worry about adding anything to your tank to help with ph. The only thing is that it's kinda expensive. You can use pool filter sand and that makes it look very natural. Just rinse it very good so it doesn't cloud your water too much.
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Old 05-15-2014, 10:25 PM   #3
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I'll look into that as you can see I don't have anything in my aquarium how many can I get in a 30g and what tank mates will work? Click image for larger version

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I just noticed you didn't specify African cichlids. Do you know if you want Africans or South American or central?
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What's the difference in them? Semi aggressive or aggressive? I'm not sure
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:02 PM   #6
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Well since you have a 29g I would say Africans would be better since a lot if Americans get very large unless you go for like rams or apistos. Mbunas are very bright and colorful. They are aggressive but as long as you provide enough rocks and caves you should be good. Maybe someone else can chime in with a number of how many you can keep in a 29g.
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I hope so cause I'll be buying stuff here in a week or so just want to make sure the temp and filtration is perfect I actually have two filters in the tank currently. Ones a aqueon 30 for up to a 30g tank and also a aqua tech 5-15.
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Ok. The temp for Africans should be about 75-85. I keep my water at 80 degrees. Ph at 7.8. They are pretty messy so you'll need to keep up with water changes or removing poop with a turkey baster.
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I usually do a water change every week about 25%-30%. Temp is at 80 degrees and ph is 7.6 as of right now.
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Old 05-15-2014, 11:37 PM   #10
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I think you should be good then. If your water is at that ph now I would just go for the pool filter sand then. That way you don't spend too much on the other kind. Just don't do gravel. African cichlids like to dig around a lot.
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