My First 55 Gallon African Cichlid Tank

Happy New year everyone. What do you guys think of my fishies, stocking and scape? I'm honestly tired of these rocks and want some bigger ones lol. Let's see if I got the name of these fish right...

DuboisI (I don't think he's an African Cichlid)


Yellow Lab (No black marking on dorsal fin?)


Demasoni


Kenyis


Red Zebra (with unknow albino cichlid)


Powder Blue Socolofi


Yellow Tail Acei


Tank Shot

 
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I'm not very knowledgeable on cichlids. It looks really well set up and I love the rocks. Where did you get them all from?

All I know is be very, very careful with that DuboisI and Red Zebra those guys are like club bouncers. My father owns his own 100 gallon cichlid tank that he loves very much but he had a trio of Red Zebras and they are...a bit feisty.

The Powder Blue's are very attractive though.
 
Very nice collection of Cichlids. I had a blue cobalt for about 9 years. Really cool fish, he loved peas .
Good luck with them. How long have you had them?
 
Thanks. I got all the rocks from my uncle's landscaping spot. They were 5 thick sheets broken up.
So far the red zebra is laid back and the demasonI chases the biggest fish in there which are the duboisI and the albino.
 
Good morning,

Beautiful fish and tank! Nice job! Thanks for sharing with us and please keep us updated.

Any particular reason that the tank is not full? Just curious.

Ken
 
Thanks Ken. Much appreciated. The tank isn't full yet because I don't have adequate filtration yet. I only have 2 submersible filters, a Fluval 2 plus and a Aquaclear AC40. I'm searching for a good priced canister under $100. I'm leaning toward the eBay SunSun filter with 4 trays and an Emperor 400.
 
nice tank there. I dunno if you guys have heard of RS ELECTRICALS. They got a canister filter which is about 5000 INR(1$=~65 INDIAN RUPEES). So that would be less than 100$.
 
To answer your question foxhill, I had them since December 12th. I want to get more so bad,but I need a filter first. I'm looking into the filter mentioned above.
 
Love the tank. I've had a number of cichlids including most on this list . But I never managed to get my hands on a duboisi. I like the setup of rocks. I bought a setup just like that last year from an elderly gentleman. When we emptied the tank we found a handful of babies. Most I think we're eaten by the much bigger fish but my brother has the one that's made it with his eel. But beautiful fish. Like the setup
 
Nice tank, wish I could make my 55 gallons a Chiclid tank but I have no idea where to buy or get the rock and which rock to use so it won't break down and cloud the water.
 
Ya don't have to worry about the duboisi, its the demasonI that will terrorize that tank. They are small but are the meanest , tuffest little fish I've ever kept
 
Nice tank, wish I could make my 55 gallons a Chiclid tank but I have no idea where to buy or get the rock and which rock to use so it won't break down and cloud the water.

Thanks guys. Everyone that comes over now are so amazed by this tank. I don't see why lol. My other poor tanks get ignored and I always have to point them out.
I got rocks mostly from around the way and a landscaping store. I even seen some in the home depot garden section. The rocks will cloud the water at first. I couldn't even see when I was scaping the tank! Between the sand and the rocks or looked like a giant milk tank. It took 2 days for everything to settle and clear up. A good rock to use is limestone as it will keep the Ph, kh and gh values to where you want it.
 
Your fish are so pretty. Cichlids scare me cause I worry they would be hard to take care of. Very impressive.

Cichlids are actually not hard to keep at all, they are very hardy fish.
With Africans you need a few of them in a tank to sort of disperse aggression and some hiding spots.. As AquaLady, I also had a 55 gallon with 14 Africans for 2 years but eventually had to sell them since they grew a bit too large for the tank. They can grow anywhere from 4 to 6 inches depending on the species. I might do it all over again since they are very colorful and active fish.
 
Nice fish. I love Africans, I might go for another tank of them soon. You might have to weed out some of the troublemakers as they grow but on the other hand you may not have any issues with aggression as long as you have a nice variety.
 
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Nice looking tank and fish ! Keep a close watch on your Demasoni, even though they are a small little fish, they are very mean buggers. I had one before that killed a fish that was 3x it size. Then I had found out that the DemasonI should be in groups of 10+, we decided to rehome him, didn't have room in tank for more of them.
 
I rescaped the tank today. Well I was kinda forced to lol. When I was maintaining my filter, I knocked the rocks over and kept them like that. Added some smaller ones to stick out of the sand. Also got some new fish, so I guess the random scape came in handy.
The Red zebra and powder blues are huge. They are developing egg spots and getting the puffy girth.

New scape


Side shot after PWC


New salousi


New Red zebra with blue specks on fins


AceI coloring up nicely
 
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Why is my salousI so colorless? uploadfromtaptalk1392709300107.jpguploadfromtaptalk1392709310877.jpguploadfromtaptalk1392709338268.jpg
 
Tropheus duboisI is from Lake Tanganyika, the other fish are from lake malawI and are strictly hervivores. Nice tank, there not a lot of people into Africans cichlid in this forum. Do you have another pic of the salousi? Also a lot people keep demasonI cichlid in species only tank they are aggressive for there size.
 
Your fish are so pretty. Cichlids scare me cause I worry they would be hard to take care of. Very impressive.

theyre not actually really hard to take care of. just with the right stock a lot of hiding place, sand (so they can dig the out of it and make the landscape more natural.) and change water once a week.. n ur good to go ;P
 
theyre not actually really hard to take care of. just with the right stock a lot of hiding place, sand (so they can dig the out of it and make the landscape more natural.) and change water once a week.. n ur good to go ;P
You can use sand or gravel. I use gravel and they still dig it up, but sand is prefer that's how there natural habitat is.
 
I also noticed they are very few cichlid keepers on this forum. That's why I took it upon my self to post pics to see what you guys are missing!
I gave the duboisI to a friend because I read that they need a bit of meat in their diet. The demasonI are pretty chill in my tank. When they act up, the boss, which is a powder blue socolofI will interfere and chase the trouble making fish in the corner for time out. They're so fun to watch.
I so don't like the lighting in the tank. It bring a out all the reds of the fish but hinders the rest. Plus its so dark and will cease algae growth.
I don't have anymore pics of the salousI on the device I'm using to write this post. So soon I should take more pics and put them up.
 
I also noticed they are very few cichlid keepers on this forum. That's why I took it upon my self to post pics to see what you guys are missing!
I gave the duboisI to a friend because I read that they need a bit of meat in their diet. The demasonI are pretty chill in my tank. When they act up, the boss, which is a powder blue socolofI will interfere and chase the trouble making fish in the corner for time out. They're so fun to watch.
I so don't like the lighting in the tank. It bring a out all the reds of the fish but hinders the rest. Plus its so dark and will cease algae growth.
I don't have anymore pics of the salousI on the device I'm using to write this post. So soon I should take more pics and put them up.
We're did you read that duboisI need meat in their diet,there the one that love almost 100% vegetation not meat is bad for them if you feed more then needed read under feeding section. As for the lighting what do you have t8,t5 LEDs. I have strong light on my tank it encourages algae which my fish love picking at.
 
I also noticed they are very few cichlid keepers on this forum. That's why I took it upon my self to post pics to see what you guys are missing!

HI AquaLady! Your tank & fish are beautiful!
LOL....I was afraid of keeping cichlids thanks to two of my male co-workers always talking about keeping the aggressive ones & the fighting. I cannot stand the thought of injuries or worse.
However...both my husband & myself love the colors & variety & know it is the closest thing to saltwater we will ever have. We had Angels & knew they were fine in a community tank. Then we bought three baby gold severums & LFS did not have them iN Cichlid part of store - so later learned we may be on our way to a tank as it turned out☺
Knew we needed a larger tank - got a 180 gal for Christmas & just got everything together & began cycling the tank this morning. So very soon there will a tank in Virginia - thanks for the pictures
 
Lol the rocks weight displaces the water and I have enough sand to cushion any falls. Rocks in this tank fell many times, well the smaller ones anyway.
When I get more experienced with keeping duboisi, I'll get them again. They don't hold their own against the fish I have so the move was best for them.
The light I have is a cheap shop light I had laying around the house since my good light died.
Keeping cichlids is easy as long as you do your research. This is my first time ever keeping cichlids and so far so good. Had a few casualties due to new tank syndrome.
I thank and appreciate everyone's advice and compliments. Believe it or not, it means something to me. It helps me strive to be better at fish keeping.
Here's some more pics...


 
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I recommend though... if you want some plants, try java ferns and put them a bit on the top or mid height of the tank, they won't rip it off xP did some experiment and my java fern is still alive.
 
Thanks for the suggestion. Knowing my gluttonous fish they will most likely try and try again. But I'll give it a shot.
 

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