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strawman1985
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PostSubject: Newbie @ Africans   Newbie @ Africans Icon_minitime7/8/2012, 2:19 am

Ok, so I have decided that I think I want to do an African Cichlid tank... I am a bit low on funds so it is going to be a gradual thing. I am a bit limited on space as well but plan on picking up an aquarium at the petco sale. I have heard 55 gallon is the smallest you can really use and I think I can swing that. From what I have seen in pics I will need to have some rock structure/driftfood and sand/gravel for substrate. What kinda ph's do I generally want to hit and what else do I need to know. I am trying to get out of my comfort zone and try something new, thanks everyone.
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie @ Africans   Newbie @ Africans Icon_minitime7/8/2012, 3:31 am

Africans like a higher ph like 7.6-8.2. I use pool filter sand and any kind of rocks that won't leach stuff in the water

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PostSubject: Re: Newbie @ Africans   Newbie @ Africans Icon_minitime7/9/2012, 3:01 pm

well to the club lol. they are super easy to care for (most species). you can keep them in a smaller tank (shellies) but it really depends on the species you are going with.

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PostSubject: Re: Newbie @ Africans   Newbie @ Africans Icon_minitime7/9/2012, 9:46 pm

I havent decided on a species yet...but the aquarium I would get would be 55 or 40 breeder.
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie @ Africans   Newbie @ Africans Icon_minitime7/10/2012, 3:01 am

A breeder 40 is a better aquarium than a 55. Reason more surface area. Good luck on your new adventure.
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie @ Africans   Newbie @ Africans Icon_minitime7/10/2012, 10:29 am

i agree the 40 breeder is much better. they also look better with decor.

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PostSubject: Re: Newbie @ Africans   Newbie @ Africans Icon_minitime7/17/2012, 12:40 am

For substrate, how much crushed coral should I use... Do I need to mix something with it?
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie @ Africans   Newbie @ Africans Icon_minitime7/17/2012, 10:59 pm

I would mix it with sand. What sand you get really depends on what you like

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evabug1
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Favorite Fish: : ATM african cichlids, clown loaches, and fish I don't have yet from my wishlist!

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PostSubject: Re: Newbie @ Africans   Newbie @ Africans Icon_minitime9/18/2012, 5:37 pm

Cool, I'm a newbie to africans too. I'm really enjoying them! They're so active. It's neat to watch. Looking forward to seeing how your tank develops. Newbie @ Africans 393849
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie @ Africans   Newbie @ Africans Icon_minitime9/18/2012, 11:10 pm

Oops, sorry realized this thread is old. :)
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie @ Africans   Newbie @ Africans Icon_minitime9/18/2012, 11:12 pm

Its not out of date though. I still havent gotten the tank set up how I want it, and do not know if it will be african cichlids though...
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PostSubject: Re: Newbie @ Africans   Newbie @ Africans Icon_minitime9/19/2012, 3:05 pm

Lots of good choices out there. Gotta decide what you want in order to set it up (for example: some fish like rock, while others like sand)
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