i'd strongly suggest new life spectrum series of pellets. i've heard nothing but good things about it. but be careful not to overfeed - one of the principle causes of bloat. and if you are feeding with this, nothing else is needed (BTW
, i'm not a salesman
the choice of fish looks pretty good to me. i'd suggest visiting www.bluegrasscichlids.com
and talking to eddy, the owner. unless you have a very reputable lfs
, with knowledgeable people, the chances of getting the fish you want is pretty slim (i know for a fact that my lfs
knows squat about cichlids). also, the haps cost a lot more when bought as adults. so, what most people (unless you are ready to shell out some big bucks
) do is, buy them as juvies and grow them up together. that, way, compatibility is also better ensured. you can watch them color up. they do take some time to grow up, but the transition is said to be worth a lot. and young fish ship well. but feeding them with NLS ensures fast growth.
but this is all from my perspective, and i wish to follow a similar line of thought when i set up my 75g (i don't know when
). i'd suggest taking the opinion of other members also.