So I just unloaded a 55 gallon and stand onto my sister. I wanted the space in my small house, it was just some community fish. I have re arranged the living room and found a nice small area that can fit a 36" aquarium without being in the way of anything.
I want to get either a 65 Gallon or a 40 Gallon Breeder. Which is better suited for the cichlids? I prefer a 65 for the added height, which I personally think a tall tank looks great as long as the fish use the space.
I also would like to use a LED
fixture, as it doesn't use a lot of electricity. Would a Marineland Double Bright LED
Fixture, 36", work well?
Will also use a canister filter, unknown which at this time.
Ok so now onto fish. Me, Wife and Kids all like African Cichlids, very colorful and fun to watch. I was just browsing around on Liveaquaria.com and getting ideas of which breeds we like. I prefer to stay with the Lake Malawian breeds as they seem to grow to a max of 5" or so according to the site.
I do not know the breeds all that well. But have a few that I prefer....
Electric Yellow Cichlid (Labidochromis caeruleus)
Cobalt Blue Zebra Cichlid (Metriaclima callainos)
Red Zebra Cichlid (Metriaclima estherae)
Maingano Cichlid (Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos)
Blue Peacock Cichlid (Aulonocara nyassae)
Red Peacock Cichlid (Aulonocara sp.)
Yellow Peacock Cichlid (Aulonocara sp.)
Demasoni Cichlid (Pseudotropheus demasoni)
Fuelleborni Cichlid, Marmalade (Labeotropheus fuelleborni)
they also have this listed: Mbuna Mixed Cichlid (Pseudotropheus sp.
Which appears to be just a mix of different colors?
I will also add in a Bristlenose Pleco with the fish....
Ok guys, about how many of those listed above could I fit in a 65?
If the 65 wont work well, how about the 40?