100g (72x18x19) African Cichlid Mbuna
Filtration: ProClear 175 Wet/Dry w/ Mag-Drive 700, Emperor 400, Aquamaster 450
Heating: 2 - Visi-Therm 200 watt
Substrate: 75 lbs Pool Filter Sand
Rocks: 300 lbs field stone and Vancouver Red
Stand: Customized Buffet Table
Research, research, research. Once you've done that, go back and do some more. Exercise patience in everything you do with your tank. Stock slowly
7 Labidochromis caeruleus
6 Cynotilapia afra (Chitande)
6 Pseudotropheus Acei
5 Metriaclima estherae (Red)
3 Synodontis eupterus
4 Pseudotropheus socolofi
28 Metriaclima estherae (Red) Fry
I was into aquaria when I was in high school and college but sold everything when I entered the Marine Corps. 15 years later, I caught the bug again and started up the large tank I wanted when I was a youngin.
When you see signs of stress in your fish, you can then take steps to identify the source of that stress and then to resolve it before it becomes a major issue.
If you're looking for a unique way to stock your new tank, give freshwater shrimp a try.
If your fish is suffering, you may want to consider euthanasia as an option to humanely end his pain.