Originally Posted by Sidman24
Just got a new 70 gallon tank and considering making it a cichlid tank. All other aquariums I've had have been community aquariums. I just have a few basic questions. As far as stocking goes, do I just put Africans with Africans and American with American cichlids?? How should the decor be set up?? I know they like cave like hiding spots, where should I get my rocks?? Also, what is the main difference between a community tank and a cichlid tank. Any help and advice would be appreciated.
Africans Like a Higher PH 8.0 and harder water, also the temps are warmer. The South or Central American Cichlids, PH 6.5 to 7.5 although there are a few that can cross over if brought up together very young, Although I don't think it's worth stressing the fish being forced to live in conditions outside it's habitat. Yet, I've seen it done. Most American Cichlids, will uproot Plants, but in my experience, Only finely leafed ones, Plants with Broad stronger leaves tend to be left alone, But moss and things like carpet plants, become snacks. There is no easy answer, Both SA and African like Hiding spots, you can get away with plants with some. Really, you should think about what you want as your end game and go from there. You will get more colorful fish with africans. But IMO
, American Cichlids have big personalities, they can be a lot of fun to watch. with Africans, You can definitely stock more fish in an aquarium, They don't put out the bio load of American Cichlids. There are a lot of factors, again, it's what you want to achieve in the end.