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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 10:41 am Post subject: Cichlid for an amteur Reply with quote

 Fellow  friends  and  experts,
 
 Foremost  -  thank  you  all  for  all  the  wonderful  views  and  advices  over  the  last  month  (my  posts  have  been  in  all  the  sections  in  this  forum  and  all  of  your  have  been  more  than  kind  to  help  me  out).  I  owe  the  success  of  my  aquarium  to  each  and  every  one  of  you  out  there.
 
 I  have  set  up  my  tank  last  evening  and  it  is  currently  cycling  (fishless).
 
 I  now  come  to  the  stage  where  I  need  to  choose  the  fish....
 
 Specifications:
 
 Tank:  4  ft.  *  1.5  ft.  *  2  ft.
 Capacity:  95G
 Glass  Thickness  -  10  mm.
 Filtrations:  EHEIM  2217  and  aquarium  hood  power  filter  (1000lph)
 Decor:  Black  gravel  2-3  mm  and  petrified  rock  slabs
 Background  -  black
 Lights:  Came  with  Aquarium  hood  -  fluorescent  (white  and  pink)
 
 The  setup  has  been  made  for  a  cichlid  tank.  I  have  spent  hours  poring  over  websites  and  pages  of  info  on  these  cichlids  varieties  but  there  is  so  much  information  that  it  settles  down  quite  slow.
 
 I  need  your  expert  opinions  once  again  on  choosing  the  inhabitants  of  the  tank...
 
 I  would  prefer  a  setup  that  comprises  of  small  rock  dwelling  cichlids  with  a  lot  of  colors.  Some  forums  here  talk  about  overcrowding  the  tank  to  pull  down  aggressiveness  and  territory  claiming.  The  LFSs  here  in  Chennai  do  not  help  too  much  as  they  do  not  care  about  compatibility  and  according  to  them,  a  cichlid  is  a  cichlid  (wherever  it  is  from).
 
 Questions:
 1.  Compatible  species  of  cichlid  which  are  small  and  colorful.
 2.  How  many  numbers  in  a  4ft.  tank?  Sex  ratio  (male:  female)?
 3.  Where  can  I  get  these  in  Chennai  (a  lot  of  LFS  sell  cichlids)  but  they  do  not  specify  the  species  or  the  origin.
 
 I  can  also  buy  it  from  your  guys  if  any  of  you  (chennaites)  have  spare  cichlids  for  sale....
 
 Advance  thanks,
 
 KK
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 10:53 am Post subject: Re: Cichlid for an amteur Reply with quote

 Hey  KK
 Congrats  on  getting  this  far  Smile  For  a  beginner  the  ideal  cichlids  would  be  the  ones  from  lake  malawi  (mbuna)  they  are  colorful  and  they  don't  grow  to  be  very  big...atleast  when  compared  to  american  cichlids...they  are  quite  hardy  and  are  not  very  fussy  about  what  they  eat  Very Happy  when  you  buy  young  ones,  its  almost  impossible  to  sex  them...you  can  buy  tem  at  the  lfs  or  if  available  with  IAHians...you  can  overstock  but,  you  need  to  keep  up  with  regular  water  changes...i  would  say,  you  can  start  with  around  20  fishes  Thumb Up  
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 10:56 am Post subject: Re: Cichlid for an amteur Reply with quote

 Lawrence,
 
 Thank  you  so  very  much....
 
 Any  specific  LFS  in  Chennai  that  can  help  -  someone  as  far  as  Kolathur  is  also  fine
 
 KK
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:02 am Post subject: Re: Cichlid for an amteur Reply with quote

 Should  be  available  with  most  lfs  but,  Redlin  at  SRP  colony  will  surely  have  them...
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 27, 2007 11:30 am Post subject: Re: Cichlid for an amteur Reply with quote

 hi  kk  ,
               as  lawrence  mentioned  go  for  malawis  ,  try  many  varieties  in  them  except  for  auratus  ,  they  fade  colors  as  they  grow  ,  try  getting  a  pair  of  the  follwing
 
 blue  morph
 white  morph
 orange  morph
 venustus
 electric  blue
 electric  yellow  or  yellow  lab  (  Hard  to  find  in  LFS  in  chennai  try  kolathur  )
 blue  dolphin
 malawi  peacock
 
 they  should  fit  ,  also  add  plenty  of  small  hideouts  using  rocks  &  pipes
 
 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:06 pm Post subject: Re: Cichlid for an amteur Reply with quote

 Hi  KK,
 
 Find  out  above  listed  fishes  @  Ajay  Aqua  Palace...  I  am  99%  sure  they  must  be  having  all  of  them.  Thumb Up  
 
 
                                                 
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Foremost  -  thank  you  all  for  all  the  wonderful  views  and  advices  over  the  last  month  (my  posts  have  been  in  all  the  sections  in  this  forum  and  all  of  your  have  been  more  than  kind  to  help  me  out).  I  owe  the  success  of  my  aquarium  to  each  and  every  one  of  you  out  there.                
You  are  always  welcome  my  freind.   Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:54 pm Post subject: Re: Cichlid for an amteur Reply with quote

 Heres  a  link  that  can  help  you  decide  upon  the  different  combination  of  African  cichlids  with  respect  to  tank  size  http://www.malawimayhem.com/articles_tank_recipes.shtml
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 5:29 pm Post subject: Re: Cichlid for an amteur Reply with quote

 Hello  KK,
 
 If  this  is  your  first  big  tank  then  you  would  obviously  have  the  urge  to  fill  in  the  tank  with  fishes,  malawis  are  a  good  choice  as  suggested  by  our  friends  here  but  i  would  like  to  differ  a  bit  on  the  mix  of  haps  and  mbunas  and  they  generally  dont  go  well  with  mbunas  dominating  most  of  the  time..
 
 My  Ruben  red  &  Yellow  peacocks,  C.Borleyis,  Eye  Biters  got  their  Edit  beat  out  by  my  Red  Top  Zebras  all  the  time  once  they  started  to  mature.
 
 I  would  suggest  you  to  start  with  mbunas  of  any  one  variety,  this  would  not  only  add  that  special  "species  only"  look  to  the  tank  but  you  also  have  a  fair  chance  of  them  breeding  /  having  less  fights.
 
 Start  with  around  10-15  Orange  morph  mbunas,  these  are  available  cheap  and  in  plenty  in  most  LFS.  When  fed  properly  with  veggie  stuff  they  bring  out  nice  reddish  orange  coloration,  stack  up  rock  work  and  since  you  are  from  chennai  beach  sand  would  not  be  a  problem.
 
 Overstocking  is  the  choice  in  most  Malawi  tanks  to  reduce  aggression  but  one  greatest  dis-advantage  is  power  outages.  I  have  had  my  entire  malawi  setup  wiped  out  in  just  one  day  due  to  a  power  outage,  fish  started  suffocating  and  died  a  miserable  death.So  constant  watch  on  the  tank  would  be  mandatory  coupled  with  water  changes  and  timely  feeding.
 
 Hope  this  helps...  Thumb Up  
 
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 15, 2007 10:25 am Post subject: Re: Cichlid for an amteur Reply with quote

 Ravindran,
 
 Thanks  for  the  info.
 
 KK
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