I've had the empty tank sitting here for a while. I had planned on getting Multis this fall/winter. They are hard to find so I was going to order on line. I found an ad on a local cichlid club site posted by someone who is thinning their tank out. So I guess this is my opportunity. I'm frantically ordering shells, filters, hoods, heaters. I have backups of all of those here (except for the shells) but I wanted something different for this tank. I am not worried about any of those, it's just been a mad dash in ordering. There are a few things that maybe someone who has kept multis can help me with. I'm having a problem with the idea of water changes only once a month. I get that they don't like changes in water, but if I took 2 gallons out every week (20G L) and gradually added it back in like I do with acclimation, would that really bother them? Do you use the cichlid salts? As far as buffers, I was not planning on using them. I'm a steady 8.0 pH. Are their any other weird things I should know? I didn't think they would be that different than my Mbunas.