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Old 06-16-2012, 02:39 AM   #1
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Hello my name is Rodney. I am new here and new to the hobby. I recently got a 55gal Tank, Cascade 1000 canister filter, Elite 200w heater. I bought 45-60 baby African Cichlids. I bought some used Decor and I'm waiting on that to be shipped. I also got some rocks from Lake Erie. What should I do to this decor and rocks before I put them into my tank. Any advice is well welcomed so bring it on. Here are a few pics of what I have...... Thanks.... Rodney

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Old 06-16-2012, 02:51 AM   #2
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Welcome to AA!!

You can just scrub those rocks real real good. And soak them in a bucket of hot water. Use a dish washing brush (works well) get the tough kind.

I've done it plenty of time. Using the brush and to get into the little crevices I used a tooth brush.

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Thank you very much for the quick reply, Will do. What about the used decor?
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Thank you very much for the quick reply, Will do. What about the used decor?
Used decor you can just give a quick rinse. It's dried already so any BB on it has died off. When I was setting up my first tank my buddy has given some of his media and decor to help seed my tank but it literally a 5 minutes transfer and we kept everything wet in bags of his tank water.

But a rinse will do just fine.
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45-60 cichlids is too many for that tank I'd only keep 10 or 15.

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45-60 cichlids is too many for that tank I'd only keep 10 or 15.

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Wow!! Agreed ^^^^^

I missed that one. Way too many!! I'm over stocked in my 75 gallon with African cichlids and don't have 60!
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looks as if the lfs has given the advice once again of keeping 1 inch of fish pr gallon. I was told the same thing when I first bought my tank but thanks to you guys I learned that's not good advice before I bought my fish. I have been getting advice from this forum for about 2 months before I joined it. Seems that just about every question I googled I ended up here. Thanks to all of you who help I have a great set up and happy fish
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45-60 cichlids is too many for that tank I'd only keep 10 or 15.

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Yeah the person I got them from wanted to sell them all at once. They are all babies now. I will somehow get some out once they grow a little.
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