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Old 04-01-2003, 06:40 PM   #1
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Just Started A new Cichlid Tank

I conned....uh...convinced my boss somehow to spring for an aquarium. We got a 55 gal tank...And plan to house cichlids...

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55gal AGA
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Test kits, Salt Mix, Buffer, Live bacteria, Stress Coat
55 lbs of argonite crushed coral

We cleaned the tank, rinsed the coral, filled it, added the stress coat, buffer, salt and bacteria. Started the filter and installed the heaters and hood.

Tips please....
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Excellent........

I suppose the first question would be this.


What type of chiclids do you think they will keep? Many of the different types of cichlids have differnt unique water quality levels.
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I bet if every work place that can have a tank in it should It would cause alot less stress in the work enviroment.




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I bet if every work place that can have a tank in it should It would cause alot less stress in the work enviroment.
Unless, like where I work, they put an Oscar and some other large chiclid in a ten gallon tank, then expect them to live and be happy.

I refuse to even look at that tank, every time they ask me questions as to why the fish aren't happy, I tell them the fish live in a sewer/prison.
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My wife had to go to the hospital a few times for observation and the nurse station in the ward she was staying in had a 20 gal tank. Poor fish....

The irony that the nurses who keep watch over sick people could not keep a fish alive in their tank for more than a few weeks.

My wife set them stright on a few standard fish keeping guidelines.

Of course having a business that goes around to work places and sets them up on a maintance cotract for their tanks is a great way of making money on a wonderful hobby.
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Okay People... LOL... can we focus here? LOL ... Anway... I know very little about cichlids...the little I do know is that I want to have species that are partial to rock and sand/crushed coral...

I do like the bright yellow and blue species...
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Sorry bout getting off topic, PF.

Sounds like you'd want africans (rift lake chiclids) that's where most of the yellow and blue ones come from (I think), and they would like your sand/coral mix, they like high ph and hard water. They will need lots of rocks/caves, as they will usually chase and/or attack each other a lot. I haven't kept africans for years because of the aggresion factor. I don't have any reccomended species for you, do some research on your own and find out which ones you might like best, will fit your tank size, and will get along as best as possible.
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HEHE Me points finger.... HE DID IT...
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Here's a site that will give you all kinds of info on Af Cichlids.
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/index.php
There are some species that you won't want to mix due to their different temperments. I would recommend Peacocks though. They are beautiful fish although the juveniles are kinda drab. At any rate, I think you'll want to stick with the Malawi or maybe Victorian species. The Tanganyikans, at least most of them, get pretty large and like a higher pH than the others. Malawis and Vics are happy at about 8.2.
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Here's a pic to myself with the tank... I'll have pics of my 90 gallon soon as I get someone to help me get it home
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