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Old 01-14-2007, 09:43 PM   #1
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Anyone else have cichlid tanks?

Post em!

this is my 120 gallon setup

-sunshine and german red peacocks
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here's my 20 gallon setup (juvenile tank, soon to be hospital tank)

-lab fry's
-feeder fish

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lookin for a 150+ gallon tank for show tank, but until then, these 2 tanks will have to do.

anybody else on here cichlid enthusiasts?
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Sweet Tanks!
I usually have some kind of dwarf s american tank setup, but not currently. Like to keep rams and apistagramma cacatoides. With corydoras sturbei. Whenever I tried to keep africans they would always beat the out of each other.
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Sweet Tanks!
I usually have some kind of dwarf s american tank setup, but not currently. Like to keep rams and apistagramma cacatoides. With corydoras sturbei. Whenever I tried to keep africans they would always beat the out of each other.
yes...they've killed many of my less agressive fish. i keep them well fed so they won't go after each other. i would like to get some rams next.
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If your are gonna do rams it helps alot to have a co2 system. It helps with plants and lowers the ph. I recommend the Carbo plus for ease of use (it lowers ph and softens water.) As far as ease of care the bolivian rams are the easiest followed by german blue and then gold.
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If your are gonna do rams it helps alot to have a co2 system. It helps with plants and lowers the ph. I recommend the Carbo plus for ease of use (it lowers ph and softens water.) As far as ease of care the bolivian rams are the easiest followed by german blue and then gold.
i was thinkin about gettin some german blue rams....but we'll see if i can get another tank first. are they pretty easy to maintain?
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Germans aren't to hard, but I would stay away from the long fins. CO2 is very helpful as is a variety of good foods. The germans can be picky eaters and they need real good water (soft and lowish ph) and finding good stock can be tough.. The bolivians are pretty easy, you can get them to breed without co2, but they are happier with it.
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Yeah I got some, only a 29 gallon though. They sure do eat anything else though, I first had comunity fish and then added a cichlid, fish started disapearing so I kept adding cichlids until that is all I have now. You do have to keep them feed.

One day I came home and saw my algae eater belly up on the surface, I checked him out and he was still alive and I did not see any damage so I left him, thinking he would get better. Couple hours later I checked on him again and saw that his eyes had been eaten, I was going to pull him out and chunk him, but thought, well I will just see what happens.

After a few days his eyes heeled over, they went from big red empty eye sockets to black just like his skin. He slowly started swiming around and is now back to normal and even swims around stuff, some how he has developed another sense of direction. Odd thing is after he got back to normal he stoped eating algae and eats the cichlid food. I feed them medium size pellets and he gets them and either swims upside down on the surface sucking on them or puts them up against the glass and sucks on the pellets. I will see if I can get some pics of him doing that.
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PM me if anyone has a complete set up (minus the fish) they are selling cheap. thanks
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Old 01-15-2007, 02:42 PM   #10
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I used to have some chiclids in one of my tanks, but gave them to a friend and got some Oscars.

I have 3 diferent fish tanks right now. a 75 gallon saltwater, 35 gallon aggressive fresh water and 25 gallon fresh water community tank.

I love my fish. LOL
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^^^ i love my fish too....gets a bit expensive sometimes, but it looks cool.
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^^Hells yea it does. I'm thinking about making my 75 gallan saltwater tank into a coral reef tank and then getting a 125 gallon long tank for my saltwater tank and get some eels.
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We have a 75 gallon Reef Tank. The wife started with a 5 gallon Salt water with a anenome and a clown and went up from there. She's about to start the 30 gallon back up as a Salt fish only tank... The 75 used to be my cichlid tank.
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