Changing over from Tropical to Cichlids? Many questions

4 years 10 months ago #35467 by blue-sun

PhilandLeeAnn wrote: Another tank? You've come to the right support group. Love the cubes. No idea if the shape is conducive to a community of mbuna More about getting the stocking level right and not a deal breaker, though.


Not adding a 3rd tank, replacing my largest tank (75G) with a 93G Cube.

still doing research, don't want to rush the purchase and end up killing fish unintentionally.

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4 years 10 months ago #35466 by PhilandLeeAnn
Another tank? You've come to the right support group. Love the cubes. No idea if the shape is conducive to a community of mbuna More about getting the stocking level right and not a deal breaker, though.

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4 years 10 months ago #35452 by blue-sun

PhilandLeeAnn wrote: I'm thinking your research will tell you that you can go quite a few directions which is the first source of being overwhelmed.. Making up my mind is the hard part, which is a big reason why I have too many tanks. Several ways to pick a direction. Do you want a geographically consistent tank (you have mostly New World stuff already)? Would you rather have the more colorful fish? What caused you think to add cichlids? Once you come up with a theme or possible species or two, post pack for comments then.

You have the beginning of a nice community tank already. You are not looking for large growing fish, highly sensitive fish, those that require special diets or fish high on aggression regarding territory or spawning. There are also a few cichlids that are recommended only for specific types of substrate and furnishings that make them specialties.


Thanks.

I want a tank of colorful fish that will get along together nicely. My friend that got me into the hobby has kept cichlids (I think he's on here, but don't know his username) so when I have fish questions, he's my #1 go to and since he's had great success with cichlids, I trust his judgement. He tried to get me into cichlids in a giant tank from the get-go, but we resisted (her mostly, not me)

I still have more research to do, but I think we're leaning towards a 93G Cube stocked with Mbuna cichlids, but that's all still TBD.

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4 years 10 months ago #35451 by PhilandLeeAnn
I'm thinking your research will tell you that you can go quite a few directions which is the first source of being overwhelmed.. Making up my mind is the hard part, which is a big reason why I have too many tanks. Several ways to pick a direction. Do you want a geographically consistent tank (you have mostly New World stuff already)? Would you rather have the more colorful fish? What caused you think to add cichlids? Once you come up with a theme or possible species or two, post pack for comments then.

You have the beginning of a nice community tank already. You are not looking for large growing fish, highly sensitive fish, those that require special diets or fish high on aggression regarding territory or spawning. There are also a few cichlids that are recommended only for specific types of substrate and furnishings that make them specialties.

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4 years 10 months ago #35449 by chefjimmy
Yes, that's the video. Doing research will get you the answer.

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4 years 10 months ago #35448 by blue-sun
I just searched youtube, I think I found the same video that you mentioned, this one?

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4 years 10 months ago #35447 by blue-sun

chefjimmy wrote: I would not focus on the water parameters too much. A constant ph and what not will be greatly appreciated by your fish, and chances are whatever your tap is would be just fine.

I have a handful of tetras in with a discus and some clown loaches. They do just fine.

Just watched a YouTube video with columbians and some new world fish, and poster stated they get along.

I also will say there are no guarantees with any fish. I've had some new world that were kind and gentle, but have had African peacocks that were mean to the bone. It's all trial by error.

Good luck, anyway you go, it will be fun.


Thanks. I'm going research about it all, but it's all so overwhelming! I'll post back once we decide on something.

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4 years 10 months ago #35446 by chefjimmy
I would not focus on the water parameters too much. A constant ph and what not will be greatly appreciated by your fish, and chances are whatever your tap is would be just fine.

I have a handful of tetras in with a discus and some clown loaches. They do just fine.

Just watched a YouTube video with columbians and some new world fish, and poster stated they get along.

I also will say there are no guarantees with any fish. I've had some new world that were kind and gentle, but have had African peacocks that were mean to the bone. It's all trial by error.

Good luck, anyway you go, it will be fun.

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4 years 10 months ago #35444 by blue-sun
Thanks Terry.

yeah, I guess I still have more research to do. I've been to a GCCA meet before earlier last year. I'm not sure if I've got anything going on next weekend, but I'll definitely consider going and looking.

What about compatibility with the Colombian Tetras that I've got?

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4 years 10 months ago #35443 by TANK
The first thing I would do is decide which type of cichlids you want African or South/Central American. Then you can start on the water parameters and which of your current fish you can keep safely with your new cichlids. There is a GCCA swap on January 25th and there will be a many types of cichlids to check out. The sellers should be able to tell you about the fish they have to offer. Whether you purchase anything or not you can always get the sellers contact information for purchase later.

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