Hit with MTS again.... Wanting to start cichlid tank. - Page 2

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crystalm04

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LeoDiaz said:
Hole in the floor even better turn it into indoor pond lol.
more like a fire escape!
 

LeoDiaz

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crystalm04 said:
more like a fire escape!
You can never have to many fire escape lol. Do you live in condo/apartment?
 
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crystalm04

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LeoDiaz said:
You can never have to many fire escape lol. Do you live in condo/apartment?
No I live on the beach so my house is built on stilts in case of hurricanes and such. However it should be able to hold the 75 so as long as I distribute the weight of it on the rafters evenly. Anything bigger than id say a 125gallon I would probably have to add some support underneath but 75 gallons should be fine.
 

LeoDiaz

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crystalm04 said:
No I live on the beach so my house is built on stilts in case of hurricanes and such. However it should be able to hold the 75 so as long as I distribute the weight of it on the rafters evenly. Anything bigger than id say a 125gallon I would probably have to add some support underneath but 75 gallons should be fine.
So a 90g should be fine if you can find one cheap.
 
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crystalm04

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LeoDiaz said:
So a 90g should be fine if you can find one cheap.
yes I was just kidding about the hole in the floor. lol but I think 75 is all I really need. that was my original game plan.

crystalm04 said:
yes I was just kidding about the hole in the floor. lol but I think 75 is all I really need. that was my original game plan.
I did see a 100 gallon on craigslist though.. I'm new at keeping aquariums so I don't know what it was but it looked like it had pipes and stuff on the bottom to hook up, who knows..... anyhow it looked very intimidating to me. LOL!!!
 

LeoDiaz

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crystalm04 said:
yes I was just kidding about the hole in the floor. lol but I think 75 is all I really need. that was my original game plan.
true keep us update with anything you find or get.

crystalm04 said:
I did see a 100 gallon on craigslist though.. I'm new at keeping aquariums so I don't know what it was but it looked like it had pipes and stuff on the bottom to hook up, who knows..... anyhow it looked very intimidating to me. LOL!!!
Proably a sump with overflow those are the ones that usually have pipework.
 

McFly

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I purchased my last used tank. (Current Tank) My next tank will be new.
Just a preference for me at this point... Minimum 90 gallon, I'm thinking 125.

I've got a hankerin' for crystal clear glass (acrylic).

That being said, you can find some decent used tanks out there, just take your time.
 
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crystalm04

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Well its a done deal. My LFS was able to get me a 75 gallon for $100 dollars cheaper than the one on sale at petsmart. So I went for it. At least its new and I don't have to worry about that part. Will be in next week. So excited and Ill have many questions on here once its in as far as cycling and substrate and things like that. Also went ahead and ordered a glass top and got a LED light strip with adjustable controller. Gna get this one just like I want it as opposed to buying a kit like my other 3 aquariums and then having to purchase better filters and stuff anyways cause they usually come with underrated ones. This will be my last aquarium for a while... LOL
 

LeoDiaz

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That's what I said about my 75 like 4month ago now I want a bigger tank lol.
 
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crystalm04

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LeoDiaz said:
That's what I said about my 75 like 4month ago now I want a bigger tank lol.
LOL!!!! Hope your around next week when I set mine up. I have questions as to what type of substrate is best for cichlids. I've heard they prefer none but I'd like to put something in there for looks wise. Also I'd like to know what other fish along with mbunas I may be able to put in there or am I just limited to mbunas? I've seen some type of catfish may work. Cant remember what they were called at the moment. Also what does assorted Africans mean? I've seen them at my LFS. I've researched the type of mbunas there are but I will not be able to remember all those names...... guess I can make a list when I go shopping for em just don't want to end up with something else. Hofefully my LFS will just special order me some. Oh and cycling. I've read its best to add all your mbunas at once and therefore a cycle using minnows would be best that way when you add your cichlids they just eat the minnows, therefore replacing them and you don't have a huge ammonia spike. Is that correct? Thanks in advance.
 

LeoDiaz

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1. Mbunas love there sand idk were u read they don't need substrate. Pool filter sand or any sand will work I use black diamond blasting sand.

2. Synodontis are good tank mates for mbunas I have synodontis lucipinnis

3. Assorted means they put random africans in tank many being hybrids not a good idea to buy assorted.

4. Yes your suppose to add all the mbunas at one when possible, when ever I cycle a tank from ground zero I do a fishless cycle. But most of time I have cycle media to help me. Dont use minniow so the mbunas eat them there a lot thing that can go wrong.
 

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