24''x12''x18'' fine river gravel substrate, 24'' RESUN single fluro tube 20w light, OTTO internal power filter + hang on filter.
keep it simple, and try not to keep aggressive fish with more quiet dosile fish..
Astatotilapia latifasciata (crimson tide), Aulonocara jacobfreibergi (eureka red), Labidochromis caeruleus (electric yellow), Metriaclima lombardoi (kenyi), Pimelodus pictus (pictus catfish), Ancistrus spinosus (bristlenose catfish) Chromobotia macracanthus (clown loach)
bush rock and volcanic rock caves, fake plants as my cichlids enjoy the taste of real plants!
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.