View Full Version : new cichlid enthusiast!

02-21-2009, 04:01 AM
Hi! My name is Ben, I'm 21, and live in Kelowna, BC, Canada. I've recently come into an unexplainable love for cichlids and everything aquaria. My wife was getting a little annoyed at the time I've been spending online researching fish, and then after showing her what its all about, shes hooked too! Only have a 10gal. tank right now with two small convicts (tank divider necessary), but should be purchasing my fist "real" tank this weekend!

Love this site! everyone here seem to be great people and many of you are extremely knowledgeable and HELPfull. I've already posted a few times and the quick, accurate, and genuinely helpfull responses have blown me away! Happy to be a part of this aquatic community!

02-21-2009, 04:03 AM
Welcome to AC!! What size aquarium are you getting this weekend?

02-21-2009, 04:17 AM
55g. I'm hoping to have a well planted tank. Anyone with suggestions for good substrate and plant types?

02-21-2009, 04:19 AM
I just ordered Eco-Complete to put in my 20g long. I've also heard that Shultz Aquatic soil (which you can get at like Lowes or Home Depot) is good and cheaper. It's a redish brown color, I think.

02-21-2009, 03:37 PM
Hi Ben and welcome to AC...:ssmile:

02-21-2009, 03:51 PM
Hello and WELCOME!!!:19:

02-21-2009, 04:20 PM
Hi there Shadowisper,

I would like to welcome you both to the site. Please get your wife to post too - cause I love to chat. lol:hmm3grin2orange:


02-21-2009, 04:45 PM
Welcome to the site. Looks like you're off to a good start, convincing the significant other you need a larger tank or more tanks is the hardest part.

02-21-2009, 04:46 PM
Hello and welcome home to the A.C.!

02-21-2009, 05:00 PM
hello and welcome:19: :19:

02-21-2009, 06:46 PM
Welcome to the AC! It's always great to have your wife on-board with your fav hobbies!

02-21-2009, 09:21 PM
Welcome to AC!

02-21-2009, 09:24 PM
Welcome aboard:22:
If your wanting cichlids and plants make certain to research thoroughly

Lynn Conroy
02-21-2009, 09:38 PM
Hey! Good to have you aboard!
If you want to put planted plants in the tank..beware of Oscars. I don't know if ALL Cichlids are the same but Oscars will pull up your plants and reaarange the entire tank if possible. (Actually my Thomas did a better job at plant arranging than I did.)

02-21-2009, 09:41 PM
I've never managed to keep live plants with cichlids. It's like going to an all-you-can-eat salad buffet!

Wild Turkey
02-22-2009, 12:10 AM
Welcome to ac!!!! :19:

If your wanting cichlids and plants make certain to research thoroughly

I agree!!! thumbs2:

02-22-2009, 01:15 AM
So I ended up getting a 50g. I'll plant it and set it up over the next couple of weeks. I have 2 convicts and will be purchasing a small school of tiger barbs. Any suggestions for a 3rd type of fish or am i already getting a little full.

02-22-2009, 01:56 AM
Do you have a male and female convict?If so,once they breed,which they will,your tank is too small for anything else.They can and will kill fish 3 times their size when they have fry in the tank.If you have same sex Cons,then you could possibly add some more fish.The barbs are a good start.You may also consider a single pictus catfish.
I have fake plants wth my breeding convicts,and a heavily planted 55g with a single green terror,and do not have problems with either.I know cichlids have a reputatuion for destroying planted tanks,but in my experience,it really depends on the individual fish.

02-22-2009, 06:06 AM
Welcome to the Fabulous AC!:22:

02-23-2009, 07:56 PM
Hi Ben,

I just got back into the fish thing here... last aquarium I owned was pre- internet LOL. I live in Kelowna aswell! SMALL WORLD!! I am doing a SA cichlid tank :)