Hi, I'm Kat and I'm new here.
I have recently been reading any and all info. available on the net about cichlids and have managed to completely confuse myself.
I had a awesome & very successful 75g. cichlid tank many, many moons ago, but the 70s were really hard on my gray matter and I don't remember a whole lot.
After many months of begging and pleading (and pouting) I have finally convinced my SO to allow a 29 g. tank. His only experience with aquariums was a 5g. goldfish tank *ugh* when his kids were little and he found that one to be a big pain.
I know that a 29g. is too small for cichlids, but I'm still holding out hope that I can have a few. I set the tank up with lots of hiding places/rocks and sturdy, artificial plants. It's in the process of cycling now.
The problem is, I live in a very remote area I call Podunk. My choices for fish suppliers is limited to A. the local mega-mart or B. a large chain pet store an hours drive away. To make matters worse at the local store, although their tanks appear healthy and clean, their only choices for cichlids are melanochromis auratus or kribensis. It's discouraging enough to make me consider chucking the whole cichlid idea and go with a community tank. Is there a way to continue the cichlid dream given my choices?
Also, when filling the tank I chose to fill from our deep water well rather than the town water supply. Then I read that some cichlids can't handle the well water? I haven't tested the Ph yet, but I know that our water is on the hard side.
And if I'm not mistaken (again), have I really read that it's possible to keep some tetras with some cichlids to fill in that area of the tank where the cichlids don't usually roam?
Sorry for the long post. P.S. I'm hoping that when my SO sees how enjoyable a tank can be, he'll agree to a larger tank. (I've already got the spot picked out)