Hi, my name is Ric, I've been keeping aquariums for 30 years. I've had aquariums ranging from 2- 55gal, stocking everything from a single african frog, FW
and brackish. I've been cruising thru the forums here for a couple weeks and decided to join in the fun! Many thanks to the experts and admins here - you've got an excellent site here!
Now, on to my questions:
Last year I had to break down my tank (prepping for a move). The tank was a simple plant tank with a few community fish, but my focus at the time was on the plants.
Here I am now about a year later and all moved into my house. I recently set up the tank with fresh gravel and the driftwood and rock that I had previously. I'm running a Magnum 350 which I've put behind the wall (running the hoses thru a bored hole). I like this setup because when viewing the tank there is absolutely no sound at all!
For this go around, I would like to focus on SA cichlids, in particular, the managuense. Now I know the SA's don't like plants but I do enjoy having some greenery in the tank so my first question is, are there any types of plants that I can work with? Floating? I'm not against plastic, but would prefer to keep things as close to real as possible. I've read some posts here how people have been able to keep cichlids with live plants, but must do a lot to maintain the "peace".
So #1, plants. Floating? Plastic? Other ideas for approaching a bio-type tank for SA cichlids?
#2, other cichlids to join the managuense(s). Once upon a time I kept oscars and dempseys. I know these fish pretty well, but I would like to experience keeping some other varieties. I'm pretty sure a pleco will be in the tank, but suggestions for other tankmates would be great!
Thanks again for your advice!!