Photo #1 - My 55 Gallon Cichlid Community

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55 gallons freshwater fish tank (mostly fish and non-living decorations) - My 55 Gallon Cichlid Community
freshwater fish - labidochromis sp. - hongi stocking in 55 gallons tank - My name is Stryper and I have proven to be very diffacult to capture on film. I have vicious teeth and a bite to prove it so leave me alone and you won't get hurt.
freshwater fish - aulonocara baenschi - sunshine peacock stocking in 55 gallons tank - Hi my name is Shadow and I am also a Peacock Cichlid. I am one of the newest additions to this community and havent really established my outstanding personality as of yet, but I love to hang out in the backround and shadows. I am a watcher and not a participator and feel most at ease when others dont even know Im here.
freshwater fish - erpetoichthys calabaricus - reed fish stocking in 55 gallons tank - I'm Not a Cichlid?? WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT WILLACE. Of course Im a Cichlid!!! RIGHT????
freshwater fish - aulonocara sp. - strawberry peacock cichlid stocking in 55 gallons tank - My name is Peachey and I came in a batch of assorted Cichlids so Im not sure of my species, but Im shy and kinda meek so I ask that you all just please leave me alone PLEASE.
freshwater fish - aulonocara baenschi - sunshine peacock stocking in 55 gallons tank - My name is Sunny, and I am a Sunshine Peacock Cichlid. I'm not a trouble maker but I'm not afraid of anyone either so the bigger I get the harder its gonna be to push me aorund. So go ahead and make my day.
freshwater fish - metriaclima lombardoi - kenyi cichlid stocking in 55 gallons tank - My name is Chow and I really love to eat. Pig out is the name of my game and I dont see any need to share with the rest of the gang. I'm not quite sure what kind of Cichlid I am as of yet but as soon as I figure it out you will all know. Maby you do know and you can tell me.
freshwater fish - cheilochromis euchilus - big-lipped cichlid stocking in 55 gallons tank - My name is Punk and Im a Big Lipped Cichlid. I got my name because I will punk you and have been the ill fate to many an unwanted rival so stay out of my way or else.
freshwater fish - aequidens rivulatus - green terror stocking in 55 gallons tank - My name is Grouch Im a Green Terror Cichlid. Im small and I hate to be picked on so watch your back buddy cause someday I will get much bigger and then WHAMMO!
freshwater fish - sciaenochromis ahli - electric blue cichlid stocking in 55 gallons tank - My name is Blue and Im an Electric Blue Cichlid. I love just hanging out with the gang and can pretty much get along with anyone as long as they stay out of my cave.
freshwater fish - pseudotropheus estherae - red zebra cichlid stocking in 55 gallons tank - My name is Crush and im a Red Zebra Cichlid. I may be small but I pack a mean punch and the rest of the dummies in my school pretty much leave me alone.
freshwater fish - aulonocara baenschi - sunshine peacock stocking in 55 gallons tank - My name is Old Yeller and Im a Peachock Cichlid. I love chasing other fish in the moonlight and my favorate time of the day is brekfast

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State: California
Country: United States
Description: Im Using an All Glass 55 Gallon aquarium with the demensions of 48" Length, 12 1/2" Depth and 18" High. I'm using a ProQuatics canister filter 2400 with a Fluval 304 canaster filter for backup and even though this combo is slightly overkill it keeps the tank very clean for a healthy Cichlid habitat. For lighting I'm using a 48" 1219 mm Reef Sun 50/50 florescent lamp by Zoo Med Aquatics. For superior airation and circulation I'm using twin power heads. Heating is provided by a 200 W submersible heater.
Advice: My advice to any beginner is to start small and aim big. A larger size tank can be quite a commitment. If a beginner jumps right into a larger size tank they can easily find themselves overwhelmed by the time and effort it takes to maintain a good healty environment for their fish to thrive. Don't sweat loosing fish, it happens to all of us no matter what the experience level. Most importantly have fun. It's just a hobby, if it gets too serious it's time to get out.
Fish Kept: I have 3 different varieties of Peacock Cichlids - 1 Red Zebra Cichlid - 1 Electric Blue Cichlid - 1 Green Terror Cichlid - 1 Electric Yellow Cichlid - 1 Big Lipped Cichlid - one Albino Cichlid and 3 Cichlids whos species origin is yet to be identified. I also have one Dinosaur Birch who my Cichlids seem to leave alone and two very small plecostomus but one of them I'm growing for another tank tht is still cycling.
Corals/Plants: A variety of different artificial plants. I plan to gradually replace all of my artificial plants with live ones but seen as how this tank is only a few months old I havent gotton to that point yet.
Tank Size: 55 gallons
Quote: "I will make you fishers of men"
About Yourself: First and foremost I'm a dedicated believer and follower of Jesus Christ. Beyond that I'm a Construction Worker by day and a Web Designer by night. After a long day of hard labor there is nothing more relaxing than planting myself in front of my aquarium and shedding the stress of the day.


Your tank is by far one of the best ones ive seen as far as the set up...It's really beautiful. I am in the process of setting up my tank. fish avatar


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