Just wanted to show my aquarium (sorry if the quality or the glare is bothersome, it's a bright day and I'm using an Android).
There are six cichlids: one red hump geophagus, two green terrors and three pearlscale cichlids (sold under Texas cichlid in Europe.) There is also a pleco as can be seen underneath the driftwood. The fish have been in here since October of 2019.
The tank runs two Fluval 407 external filters with one containing all of the sponges and the other containing all of the media. It formerly had airstones. The light is a Fluval Aquasky 990mm which I keep dimly lit throughout the day (as is in the photo) and before switching off for the night it turns a magenta colour for a while. It's automatic and settings for the light can be changed using an app.
The scape uses natural wood, rocks and sand. The plants are fake but if they were real then the cichlids would uproot them. The flow is too powerful for live plants because it depletes the tank of Co2, which plants need. The fish always move things around and enjoy making hills with the sand.
Every few water changes the scape gets reshuffled to lower aggression between the cichlids. The scape isn't going to stay as it is in the photo.
Do you like it? What are your thoughts about American cichlids?