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Hey all,

I used to have a tank full of cichlids maybe 3-4 years ago but gave it all up. Since the wife has been nagging me for a tank of fish, i have got together something that is quite empty atm. I have thrown in 3 goldfish to get the cycle happening before I go out and start purchasing. Its a 2.5ft setup which is slightly higher than your standard height as well. I have opted for this due to the limited space in our townhouse so it will do for now till we move out.

My previous setup had a bunch of cichilds ranging from texas's, oscars and some electric yellows(Apologies for the non-species references) but going to a local aquarium, i have found more of an interest in africans and not american species hence this post.

Just wanted to get an opinion on what species I should add to this tank before i go spending some $$$.

Any info would be appreciated.

ezat

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Hello ezat

1. What kind of filtration do you have?

2. You say african, are you after small(shell dwellers) or med size(rock dwellers)?

These are things 1 needs 2 know before hand, as the size of the tank is limited to occupants.

Rule is generally 1 fish per 10ltr of area free space, if I remember that right. You dont want to overcrowd anyhow as this would lead to more work for you, & more problems for fish(disease)/filtration(breakdown)

Not a good pic, an old 2.5fter I had many year back which done extremely well for yrs on end

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Occupants, all male tank, 2-Lombardoi, 1-Ps.Saulosi, 1-Hongi(x)

Just to give you a bit of light.

Regards Symphy ;)

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Hello ezat

1. What kind of filtration do you have?

2. You say african, are you after small(shell dwellers) or med size(rock dwellers)?

These are things 1 needs 2 know before hand, as the size of the tank is limited to occupants.

Rule is generally 1 fish per 10ltr of area free space, if I remember that right. You dont want to overcrowd anyhow as this would lead to more work for you, & more problems for fish(disease)/filtration(breakdown)

Not a good pic, an old 2.5fter I had many year back which done extremely well for yrs on end

IPB ImageIPB Image

Occupants, all male tank, 2-Lombardoi, 1-Ps.Saulosi, 1-Hongi(x)

Just to give you a bit of light.

Regards Symphy ;)

Thanks Symphy,

Nice tank setup btw. Mine looks pretty bland atm. :) Have a medium sized Eheim cannister filter (2217) model to be exact. I used to use this on a 4 foot with the oscar and a bunch of other fish. Its currently heated well. In terms of small or medium, this is possibly where my knowledge falls short...

Here are some pics I just took with my slr. Bit messy atm but working on it :). The goldfish are happy in their temporary home. Ill be handing them over to my sister once im done with them.

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Well you shouldnt have much problem with filtration.

How many litres does your tank hold?

Do you want a bunch of smaller fish or a few big fish?

Males only or do you want to have a chance to see some breed?

Ben

Hey Ben,

Thanks for the reply. I have successfully bred a few different fish a while back.. electric yellows, blues and texas cichlids. Was funny though, texas built a mountain of gravel, a type of barrier between them and the others.. it was funny but eventually moved them to their own tank.

I am not sure about how many litres.

i took some measurements.. 760L - 350W - 500H. So i believe its Length x Depth x Height of water in centimetres which i might be wrong 133 litres?

Wouldn't mind breeding something but not fussed.

ezat

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