new 55 gallon tank

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i just set up my 55 gal. today. i put in 50 lb. of gravel and then two big holey rocks. also two peices of drift wood with plants growing on them. and two amazon swords. i found some wierd centipeed,catapillar looking think on one of my leaves of the amazon sword, any ideas on what that is? Also it is going to be a cichlid tank so if anyone has any advice on cichlids or what cichlids i should put in my tank, just type away. ;D
 

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Definitaly yellow labs and electric blue johanni. Thats my input . I have recently started a 55 gallon cichlid tank as well for my yellow labs and electric blue johanni. I have posted pictures under breeding "Cichlid" and uner general "55Gallon-Cichlids" Hope that helps.

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do research on south american and african cichlids and just see which you like better.i couldn't decide between them so i have a tank of each.you could have a bunch of mbuna where as most south americans get big and you wouldn't be able to have but 3 or 4.there's also dwarf cichlids and look up brichardi's. ;D
 
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thanks guys, and i was definately thinking about puting in johanis and yellow labs. i was also thinking about the red zebra. I do no that they are pretty agressive, could i get any bottome feeders? Suggestions on that would help too, thanks.
 
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and dano i just looked up the brichardis and i like those alot. i saw them at my petstore a couple days ago. thanks.
 

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no prob.the red zebras i have are not that bad i have some ob zebras also.i have 3 lace cats and 2 skunk botias in my african 55.just make sure the skunks are a decent size before you put them in.they are tough fish they swim with my cichlids when i put food in there and are not scared of much. also a word of advice with the mbuna cichlids it's better to over crowd them[to a certain extent] because you don't have 1 or 2 fish getting picked on.in my tank i have 15 or 16 and there are only one or two dominate ones.sometimes it's trial and error.also if you are gonna over crowd them make sure you have great filtration.

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thanks dano. so do u think there is any bottom feeders that would go with african cichlids.
 

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lace cats would probably be the best choice.
 
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thanks dano i'll look into those
 
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