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    I just setup a new 65 gallon African cichlid tank and I'm new to cichlids. I purchased a few mbuna fish (That's what I think they are...still learning). I have a Fluval 70 power filter. Would love some feedback before I progress too far with stocking.




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    I'd switch out the gravel for sand, easier to clean and maintain water quality, what are the dimensions of the tank, looks like a tall vs. long?

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    Thanks for the feedback. I debated sand vs gravel and went with a recommendation from the LFS. If/when I redo, I would look at sand or crushed coral. The tank is a taller version for a 65 gallon...36"W X 25"H X 18"D


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    Hello Craig,

    You have some species there that grow to be very territorial, which in tight confines translates into aggressive. I just thought you should be aware in case no one has mentioned it to you. They may be fine for awhile but as they hit sexual maturity you may well have problems with them in a 36" tank. Good move with all the hiding spaces, though I doubt they'll be enough to solve that for you in the long run. Enjoy for now but keep an open mind wrt future plans.

    Good luck,

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    Thanks for the info. I researched the fish after I purchased them. I asked a few questions regarding aggression initially, but didn't get the best advice. I'll address if problems arise.


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    I found the LFS aren't always the best place to ask for info. I recently had a run in with one trying to tell me the Neons I was getting were only "playing dead" when they tried to scoop them out to sell me...

    I don't have much knowledge of the bigger mbuna, as I've always had dwarfs, but a 36" in tank isn't much bigger than my 30"in one so I'm thinking you might be better looking at some of the same ones if you start having problems with your guys. Sadly with cichlids it's more about the footpath than it is the volume of water.

    My personal favorites are Rustys (Iodotropheus sprengerae) and Saulosi (Pseudotropheus saulosi). I had a list going at once point of good tankmates/species only for smaller tanks. Since yours is a bit bigger you might be able to get away with 2-3 quads of different species. I can find that list if you are interested.

    Welcome to the hobby btw. It's kind of addicting really


    Edit: BTW if you ever decide to go towards sand, you can get a 40-50lb bag of play sand from home Depot or Lowe's or any other home improvement store for really cheap. That's what I did
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    The only drawback to sand I find - be careful how you clean your glass if you have sand in the tank. Any kind of scrubbing pad is apt to get the odd grain embedded in it and can really scratch up the glass. The type of scraper with a stainless steel blade is preferable when using sand imho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogWalker View Post
    The only drawback to sand I find - be careful how you clean your glass if you have sand in the tank. Any kind of scrubbing pad is apt to get the odd grain embedded in it and can really scratch up the glass. The type of scraper with a stainless steel blade is preferable when using sand imho.
    Agree with you DogWalker, sand requires a bit of caution when cleaning. In this case, the op's tank with all the rock work in that small of a footprint, getting the gravel vacuumed out properly is going to be a nightmare.

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    I have pool filter sand in my tanks and I use a flipper cleaner to get down close to the bottom. Works great


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