View Full Version : Need some stocking advice
08-04-2009, 04:55 AM
i recently got a 75g tank and am waiting on my dad to get the essentials for it (hood, filters, gravel/sand...) i want malawi cichlids but dont know which one, i just know for sure about labs. BTW i am a beginner so the easier to take care of and less agressive the better. thanks
go to liveaquaria.com and click on freshwater then click on african cichlids see if you like any and you can read general info
08-07-2009, 11:12 PM
Honestly malawi cichlids are not the best fish if you are brand new to fishkeeping. They require great water quality and there can be a lot of aggression problems you need to spot before they escalate. Do some research about them and then decide if you should try keeping a less demanding type of fish first.
08-08-2009, 10:03 AM
i would go for less demanding fish to gain experiance with, but if you really want africans , 3 are great to start with.
but PLEASE read up on the special requirements of this group of fish.
I would say you start with Platys and Zebra danios..... Very adjusting, and cheaper if you make any mistakes :D
Personally I would read this. http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/ebook.html
Then study up on the fish you want. IMO Tanganyika Cichlids are far more easy to keep than Malawi's are.
08-11-2009, 03:51 PM
i have read countless articles on frican/malawi cichlids, i have a few people in my family that keep tanks, (dad, brother) my brpther has africansin his 75 and will be able to help me, i know this wont be a real easy fish to start out with but i am confident i can do this, i have read many articles about maintaining good water quality for africans, and it looks like i may need to put some kind of buffer in the water for the ph, but maybe not , its at 7.2 and everything i have read says to keep it around 8, i will be doing weekly waterchanges, possibly more, way more than the minimum filtration so i think my water should be fine, i am not going to breed any of these fish at least untill i am a bit more experienced, possibly never, only going to put 4 or 5 fish into begin with and possibly an algea eater of some kind when i need it, probably a month or two after i put my africans in it.
thanks for the help and concern,
08-11-2009, 03:54 PM
use a crushed oyster shell or some other calcium carbonate substrate to buffer your water. They also make special substrate for african rift lake cichlids but it gives your tank a salt and pepper look. I have it in my 100g african tank and I personally like it but a lot of people dont.
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