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Author Topic: Need help starting my first 75 gallon cichlid tank!  (Read 2348 times)
Cichlid752016
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« on: February 01, 2016, 11:34:55 AM »

Hi I'm starting a 75 gallon cichlid tank. I would like to have smaller south american cichlids. I've heard that it's better to keep more to spam out aggression. The tank is currently cycling so nothing is added yet but I'd like some suggestions if you guys would be willing? I would also appreciate decor recommendations for a setup like this! I'm very excited and would like it come right! Lol thank you in advance!
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« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2016, 01:42:02 PM »

Welcome to Badman's!  Smiley.

Setting up your first tank is so much fun.  But, especially with cichlids, you must research, research, research.  There is so much to learn about them.

To give you a start in your research, I am giving you a link to an article here on our main page.     http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/articles/first-cichlid-aquarium-article41.html

I am also giving you a link to our profiles.  You can read a little about the various species.     http://www.badmanstropicalfish.com/profile.html

If you have any questions after reading these (which I am sure you will) please come back to the forum and ask.  We are here to help you to be a success. 
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« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2016, 08:09:51 PM »

Thank you so much for your input and links! You are right I do have a couple questions lol after reading everything and looking at the profiles you gave me, I would rather do the smaller African cichlids. Do you think 5 Electric Yellow Labs, and 5 zebras would be ok as a stock list? Also I read that you have crushed coral for your substrate but I already have sand in my tank. Is there another way to make the water harder without the crushed coral substrate?
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2016, 08:25:59 PM »

Apistos... http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/search/apistogramma/

Rams... http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/search/ramirezi
            http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/search/bolivian+ram

Checkerboards... http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/search/dicrossus

Nannacaras... http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/search/nannacara

Laetacaras... http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/laetacara-dorsigera/

Keyholes... http://www.seriouslyfish.com/species/search/keyhole



Lots of caves, plants (fake or real) and hiding places....Generally lots of cover....You will see your fish more often this way...It sounds counterintuitive but the less cover they have the more secretive they are......Can be kept with most smaller Tetras, Corries, Smaller Plecos and Ottos to name but a few....Sand substrate is important as they sift through it for food particles.....The PH should be 7 or below preferably!
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2016, 08:32:25 PM »

Do you know the readings for GH, KH  and pH of your aquarium right now?  Mbuna cichlids need hard water.  If your water is very soft, as an example, rather than trying to change your water to accommodate the fish, it would be better to change your stocking plan to fish that could live in your water.  So, take readings of your water and let us know.


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Gunnered gave you profiles for New World cichlids but I'm talking about Africans.
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« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2016, 08:43:14 PM »

African Rift Lake Cichlids must have a high PH (8 and above is prefered)...Unfortunately the only way your likely to achieve this is by using a crushed coral substrate....(Unless you have liquid rock tap water of course)....They also need to be kept in high numbers with LOTS of rock structures because they are very agressive and will pick on each other...The large number helps to spread out the aggression and the rock structures give weaker fish places to retreat to if needed....

It is very common for African Rift Lake Cichlid keepers to overstock their tanks to spread out aggression (This is why African tanks always look packed full of fish)

The other thing about African Rift Cichlids is that you cannot house them with anything else except maybe a large robust Pleco....They will destroy anything else you put in with them....

Having said all this in the right setup African Cichlids will show colours rivalling Marine fish...When you see them in the fish stores they have reached nothing like their real potential....Their behaviours are amazing too....Super intelligent fish!
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« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2016, 09:02:14 PM »

BTW....DO NOT!!!!! use ANY chemical to alter the PH in your aquarium...You are just asking for trouble.....A PH crash will wipe out every living thing in your tank pretty rapidly......You could potentially wake up to a tank of 30 floating expensive Cichlids!

If a desired PH cant be achieved in a natural way its best to go for fish that suit your water....
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« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2016, 09:20:57 PM »

Thank you gunnered72 would it still work if I put crushed coral in with the sand? What would you do stock wise though? I have alot of rocks and caves already so 81st least I did that right lol can I do Electric labs and zebras? Idk my GH or KH but my PH reads 8.8 with the API liquid master test kit?
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