Advice:Take your time and DONT USE CHARCOAL!!!!(please read ahead as to why!!) If you decide to not use charcoal (and save a lot of $$), you MUST do at least a 30% water change at least once every other week. My tank is a little overstocked (they are African Cichlids!) and I do a 30% water change every week. They are breeding like crazy and it's the easiest tank to take care of.
About Yourself:I'm a fish addict - I need help! LOL =D
Fish Kept:Mbuna in 1 tank. Haps/Peacocks in another:
8 x Melanochromis Maingano
10 x Pseudotropheus estherae (red zebra)
7 x Labidochromis Caeruleus
4 x Pseudotropheus Saulosi
3 x Cynotilapia pulpican
4 x Cynotilapia Afra Cobue
6 x Maylandia Callainos (blue cobalt)
6 x Pseudotropheus Acei (yellow tail)
6 x Maylandia Lombardoi
8 x Metriaclima greshakei
7 x Labidochromis sp. "Hongi"
3x Sc Fryeri Electric Blue
2x Copadochromis Borleyi Red Fin Kadanga
2x Otopharynx Tetraspilus
2x Protomelas Taeniolatus Taiwan Reef
2x Oto Lithobates Sulphur Crest
2x Protomelas Sp Tanzania
2x Aulonocara Kandeensis 'Blue Orchid'
1 x Aulonocara "German Red"
2 x Aulonocara sp. "Stuartgranti Maleri"
1 x Aulonocara jacobfreibergi "Eureka Red"
1 x Aulonocara (Blue - unknown what specie)
4 x Aulonocara Tangerine ("Fire Fish")
1 x Aulonocara rubescens "Albino"
1 x Aulonocara jacobfreibergi
1 x Aulonocara koningsi
1 x Aulonocara Stuartgranti "Monkey Bay"
4 x Cyrtocara moori
2 x Nimbochromis Venustus
2 x Protomelas Taeniolatus Red Empress
3 x Sciaenochromis fryeri
Advice:Take your time - there is no rush. Study as much as you can on your fish. Not ALL fish can go together. Get the biggest tank you can! Good planning is all worth it in the end. I've had reef, planted and all things in between, cichlids have been the best I've kept.
About Yourself:Have been into the hobbie all my life as my father had fish. Got my own fish tank when I was around 14 so I've been in the game now for over 15 years.
Fish Kept:Venustus, Blue Dolphin, Dragonblood, Mbumba, Demasoni, Frontosa, Livingstoni, Red Forest Jewell, Electric Yellow, Electric Blue x 2, Clown Loach, Bristlenose Catfish, Red Zebra, Cobalt Blue, Red Top Zebra, Eureka Red Peacock, Red Empress, Marble Peacock, Hajomaylandi, Acei, Latafasciata, Firebird Peacock.
Corals/Plants:Plastic plants with lots of Womera rocks (Australian) as caves for my fishies.
Fish Kept:Various south american cichlids (dempsey, texas, brasiliensis, a few firemouths, cons)
Mbuna & Hemichromis variants
Bala sharks, black sharks, clown loach, other botia, ancistrus, pictus, synodontis, a dozen corys, danios and even a shoal of platies :)
A mad mixture of fish, but there's plenty of room and tank is stable and peaceful except at feed time.
Other (6ft) tank has guppies, platies, swordtails, corys, rams and a big ol' severum who's just celebrated his 8th birthday
Corals/Plants:Cryptocorynes, swords, anubias, vallus, canadian pondweed, water lettuce, dwarf water lillies.
For the bigger hericthys, fake plants are better although they don't like to eat java moss.
Dont over crowd
Dont over feed
Big tanks are easier to manage.
Dont skimp on decor as it reduces aggression between species and reduces stress on scaredy fish coz they can hide up.
Many plants are very sensitive to water chemistry, persevere to find the right type.
And buy decent filters and heating systems
Advice:Look at Michael's or Hobby Lobby for plastic plants for your aquariums, they are much cheaper. None of the plants in our tank are from a fish supply store. Learn from your mistakes. Enjoy! No such thing as too much filtration.