Originally Posted by pattik
hi all, first time I've done this. I have a 50 gal
tank with sand and I just love it.
I have 14 fish in it and wonder if its to many? I also have a problem my tank smells a little and I try to keep up with all my maintence. I really need a layed out schedule of maintence. I've done a lot reading and just pick up bits and pieces. I also have trouble identifying my fish. they are changing colors as they mature. any suggestions on a good book with immature and female and male pictures. well going now see you my fishy friends pattik
First off, set up a routine for tank maintenance. Cichlids are high bio-load producers, so you need to step up and care for them properly. I clean my cichlid tanks weekly.
Secondly, do you have any idea of what kind you have; african mbuna, tangs or even remember any names? Was the tank marked "various african cichlids"? If so, most likely mbuna.
Third, depending on what kind, 14 in a 50g can be find. Again, it depends on the type of cichlid.
Fourth, here's a decent website. That might help you get an idea if you have africans:
African Cichlid Genus Gallery