How can i transform my tank to cichild tank?

  1. Charbel Bernaba

    Charbel Bernaba Initiate Member

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    I have this 80 gallon community tank with some live plants but i want to change it and tranform it to cichild tank the problem is i can't control the temperature of my aquarium and everday and i have a new fish die from temperature....and i heard cichild can handle a warm water so i wont be having any problems with them i have right now 2 big driftwood and sand and some normal decoration what should i start with like what i get away with?

    that's the tank...

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    It's technically true that they like their water a little warmer, but what is happening to the temp in your tank? What is it at now? Does it fluctuate or something?

    Cichlids also like a lot of caves in their tanks, but the sand is a good start for them. They prefer sand.
     

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    Charbel Bernaba

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    it's 30c and i can't get it down and i already lost 4 fish from this temperature and i cannot afford a chiller so the cichild it's the best for me i think. in the summer it's always 30c so how can i transform it? im using this brown sand as if u can see in the picture
     
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    86 should be OK, but it might be an issue if it gets much warmer. What are the rest of your parameters, like the hardness and pH and so on?
     
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    Charbel Bernaba

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    my ph now is 7.5 i didn't test hardness yet i will test it soon
     
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    Charbel Bernaba

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    But what should i do next? like what decor should i get i love my driftwood should i keep it?
     
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    Charbel Bernaba

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    Anyone?
     
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    If you're looking for cichlid tanks, rocks and caves are key. So is a sand substrate, and plants that can't be easily uprooted. Also, a water pump for a nice current in the tank.
     
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    Charbel Bernaba

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    the sand i have right now is a brown sand i don't if it's good or not ?
     

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