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Old 03-07-2014, 02:10 AM   #1
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Big tank advice please. Upgrading to over 200 gallon

Hey guys, I currently own a 75 gallon and will be upgrading to a 200-300 gallon tank for my African Cichlids. I have of idea of what I will be getting into but would like to hear from you guys. All advice is greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-07-2014, 02:49 AM   #2
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All sounds good. Do you have your heart set on African cichlids? As with such a massive tank you might want to look into discus. They really look good. But you could have a lot of African cichlids in that tank so your choice. Good luck with your new tank
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Old 03-07-2014, 02:52 AM   #3
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Discus are expensive only down fall maybe red belly pacus
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Old 03-07-2014, 03:58 AM   #4
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Yea I love how they look when they are fully grown. Discus from what I understand are way to delicate for me. Maybe in the future but for now I would like a big African tank.
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Old 03-07-2014, 09:04 PM   #5
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500 Neon Tetras.

How bout freshwater stingrays and Arowana???
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Old 03-07-2014, 10:34 PM   #7
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500 Neon Tetras.

How bout freshwater stingrays and Arowana???

Lol 500 neons... Nooo stingrays are cool but I think the tank would be to small.
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I wouldn't do cichlids there so boring to me I would do a big community tank of several different fish and have live plants . Like how they use java moss to decorate with driftwood like there trees and it's outside instead of aquarium . That's just me tho lol
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Old 03-08-2014, 01:56 AM   #10
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What exactly are you asking lbirath001?
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I wouldn't do cichlids there so boring to me I would do a big community tank of several different fish and have live plants . Like how they use java moss to decorate with driftwood like there trees and it's outside instead of aquarium . That's just me tho lol
I personally love cichlids, they're active with a great personality. I like planted aquariums, but for my bigger tanks I prefer to actually revolve it around fish, not plants lol. Having a 20-30g for a tank of that nature is fine, a 200g+ tank on the other hand would in my opinion be a complete waste. All personal preference though in the end
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I would go for 3 oscars and a few feather fins!!!
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Fish are nothing without plants or decor lol just sayin
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Amazon biotope with south/Central American cichlids maybe ?
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You should google some rocked out Malawi tanks then :P No need for plants when you can get some natural green algae on your rockscape (and they're free! Lol)
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It's just not the same . But then me and you have two different taste nothing wrong with that
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Yeah, one of the best things about this hobby are all these options ! Anyways should get back on topic, what characteristics are you looking for in a cichlid (color, size, ect)?
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I wouldn't do cichlids there so boring to me I would do a big community tank of several different fish and have live plants . Like how they use java moss to decorate with driftwood like there trees and it's outside instead of aquarium . That's just me tho lol

That's a thought. I like Africans though.
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What exactly are you asking lbirath001?

Basically is there any difference between a 75 gallon and a 250 gallon other then the size and volume of water? Obviously the equipment is going to need to handle it. I want to know fully what I'm getting into.
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This is my current set-up. 75 gallon african and a 60 gallon South American. Click image for larger version

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