Photo #1 - This Is My First African Cichlid Tank. The Fish A...
Photo Caption:This is my first African Cichlid tank. The fish are lake Malawi species with the exception of 2 Bushy Nose Plecs. I used about 150 lbs. of lace rock for all the caves and 120 Ibs. of Aragonite substrate. Photo taken about a month after setup.
Description:The Tech Specs.
Tank: 48 1/2" x 18 1/2 "x 21 3/8" All Glass Aquarium. Lights: 48" 40 watt full daylight fluorescent. Filters: Fluval 404, Penguin Bio wheel 350. Heater: 300 watt Rena Smart Heater. Substrate: 120 lbs. of Aragonite substrate by Carib Sea.
Why I chose African Cichlids.
I am new to African Cichlid Tanks but chose to get into them because my well water has the PH of liquid cement. Before I had a South American Community Planted tank and to put a long story short, I had way too many complications, so I decided to do something that would be a little more straight forward given my water conditions.
Advice:Don't try to mess with your PH if you are just entering the hobby, stick with fish that do well on your tap (get a PH measuring kit if you are unsure) . Over filtration is always better than under filtration, and lots of water changes make happy fish (just make sure to neutralize Chloramines).
Fish Kept:I am experimenting around right now and am just trying to find what will and won't work with my given setup. Anything that bullies the tank too much will be traded in. That being said heres what I am keeping:
Pseudotropheus Saulosi - 2M, 4F
Melanochromis Auratus - 1M
Pseudotropheus Socolofi - 2M
Tropheops sp "yellow chin" - 1F
Cynotilapia afra - 1M, 1F
Synodontis nigriventris (Upside Down Catfish) - 6 Assorted
Busy Nose Pleco - 2