Description: This is a 55 gallon aquarium with mostly African Cichlids. Tank is 48" long X 18" tall X 13" deep. I built a custom canopy that houses my 4 bulb compact fluorescent fixture with 2-65W 10K bulbs and 2- 50/50 actinic bulbs. I also bought some blue LED's and wired them up for moonlighting at night. For filtration I am using a HOB 55 gallon Aqueon filter and a power head to help circulate water. Also, there is a 14 inch bubble bar buried in the back bottom beneath the substrate to help move water. I just changed from regular blue gravel to cichlid substrate mixed with some Aragonite sand. I am using rainbow rock, slate, and lace rock for hiding spots.
Advice: You might as well get the biggest aquarium possible now because once you get one, you will want a BIGGER one!!! I am going tommorow to purchase a 120 gallon!
Fish Kept: I keep this tank stocked kind of heavy in order to help keep aggression down with the fish.
3- Melanochromis Aurutus (all males)
5- Yellow Labs (unsure of sex)
11- Pseudotropheus saulosi (6 males, 5 females)
South American Cichlid:
1- Jack Dempsey (male)
Regular community tropical fish:
1- Rainbow Shark
1- Silver Dollar
1- Blue Crayfish named Fred!
About Yourself: I am fairly new to the hobby. I started the tank during my R & R from Kuwait with the Army in July of 2009 with regular community tropical fish. When I returned home from deployment in October 2009, My wife and I decided to change over to Cichlids.