What are the tank dimensions (length x width x height)?
What is the GH
(general hardness), KH
(carbonate hardness) and pH of your water supply?
This information can usually be obtained from your water supply company's website or by telephoning them. If they can't help you, take a glass full of tap water to the local pet shop and get them to test it for you. Write the results down (in numbers) when they do the tests. And ask them what the results are in (eg: ppm
, dGH, or something else).
If your GH
is above 300ppm or you are willing to use a Rift Lake water conditioner, you could go for a Lake Tanganyikan or Lake Malawi set up. Tank size is a major factor here and these fish need a tank that is at least 3 foot (preferably 4ft) long. But in a suitable sized tank with a GH
around 300ppm and a pH around 7.6-8.0, you could go for Aulonocara species (peacock cichlids). You can go for 1 male and a few females and let them breed. Or get a group of males and no females for lots of blue, red and yellow colours.
Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika have lots of limestone rocks and the colours from Aulonocara cichlids can make it look like a marine tank even though it's freshwater.