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Are cichlids hard to keep??

Discussion in 'Cichlid Discussion' started by Riss, Aug 31, 2002.

  1. Riss

    Riss Medium Fish

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    Hi,
    I'm just starting my first tank, and was planning on keeping tropical community fish, but after looking at cichlids and the water parameters that they prefer (which are very close to my typical local water conditions), I've come to the conclusion that I would now prefer cichlids.

    Are there any special requirements that they need? And are they relatively easy to keep.

    Any comments would be great!

    Cheers  *celebratesmiley*
     


  2. Riss

    Riss Medium Fish

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    I forgot to add that my tank is a 75g, and I only have a 1500Lph internal power filter. Will I need more filtration??
     
  3. fishboy

    fishboy Superstar Fish

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    So thats like about 375gph you will need more filtration anyway, because you only have 5 times the tank volume a hour. You will want to have atleast 10 times per hour. ;) So yes you will :)


    Most cichlids are relatively simple to take care of.

    Most of the larger fish need a big tank..... bigger than 55( u have that covered :) ) With the larger fish you will not be able to have a heavily planted tank, with the exceptions of a few smaller fish species, i.e kribs, rams,acaras,angels,etc. They need atleast weekly water changes in typical tanks. ( this may very )They like tropical temps of above 75F.

    Hmmm............but good starter cichlids, convict cichlids, kribs,severums,oscars (but beware oscars and severums get between10-12 inches) angelfish, firemouth cichlids, blue acara, and jack dempsey. There are also the african cichlids but there are alot of different kinds, and i am not a african cichlid person. But, the africans usually have very bright colors. Again many of these are large and somwhat aggressive fish. BTW what are your water parameters ???


    Also do you know about cycling? :)

    I formed that in a rather confusing way i know. *laughingcryingsmiley*
     
  4. luvfishies

    luvfishies Large Fish

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    Are you looking at South American, Central american or African? Not all cichlids are the same. what are your water params?
     
  5. wayne

    wayne Elite Fish

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    Frankly a lot of cichlids are pretty easy to keep.  What sort of tank would you like to see - I can see the appeal of some simple, medium sized cichlids and cats for a first tank, and I think it would be do-able.  Your biggest problems will be that the temptation to overstock will be very great, and you won't have enough experience to know when to say stop, and if you get something super aggressive you won't know how to deal with it.
     But a tank with a blue acara, firemouth,kribs, some small spoty catfish (syno's or pictus), and a couple of other similarly sized fish would be an interesting starter
     
  6. Riss

    Riss Medium Fish

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    Hi, thanx for the advice.

    After looking around I like the Lake Malawi Mbuna Cichlids. Maybe some Labidochromis caeruleus. What would go with these?

    I wouldn't have any plants, and I dont think overstocking would be that much of a problem because my expenses are limited to ONLY what I need right now.

    So about the filtration, you think I should go with another 1500Lph filter?

    MY TAP WATER:
    pH = 7.4 (would have to make that higher)
    GH = 10 degrees
    KH = 8 degrees
    temp = 26 degrees c

    I'm cycling my tank at the moment, "fishless cycling" and am up to day 8:

    Ammonia = 0ppm
    Nitrite = 5ppm
    Nitrate = 5ppm

    Hope this is on track...so I still have a bit of time to decide.

    Cheers  *celebratesmiley*
     
  7. dattack

    dattack Large Fish

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    Cichlids are usually very easy to keep so long as they don't kill each other.
     
  8. rdracer66

    rdracer66 Large Fish

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    I love my Cichlids i have a few tanks a 125g and 2 55g among many 20g for all the fry i have,
    I have in no certain order
    Lelupi
    Frontosa's
    Jacobfribergi Peacocks
    Electric yellow labs
    C moori and T morri
    and also some neo brichardi's
    and some Polit's
    these are a mix of Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika
    these 2 links are where i get all my info on cichlids
    anything and everything u'd want to know on just cichlids
    http://www.african.uklinux.net/phpBB/

    Check out the pic section on this site so u can get a idea of the kinds of fish there are to choose from
    http://www.vatoelvis.com

    Good luck to you !!
     
  9. rdracer66

    rdracer66 Large Fish

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    And no there not hard to keep
    just remember one word
    Stability !!
    as long as everything is stable you should be fine
    I have a ph of 7.8 but its stable
    and i have fry coming out of everywhere
     
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