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New tank ... #1
Hey

Ive just been given a tank that measures 80cm x 27cm x 40cm about 88 litres with a mixed gravel base (think its crushed shell and gravel mix)

I'm thinking of keeping cichlids but am really unsure about what would been good in the tank I've got !

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Re: New tank ... #2
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Do you know your local water pH and GH readings at all?

Some cichlids need very hard water (i.e. shellies) some need softer more acidic water (i.e. rams).

Quite a lot of cichlids require quite large tanks but there are a few that would be doable for that sized tank.
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Re: New tank ... #3
Well from what I can make out on the cal water company's site the ph is around 7/7.5 although that was last tested in 2012

I'm waiting for my water testing kit so much to the OH annoyance we have a tank full of water and no fish until its cycles !
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Re: New tank ... #4
Best to get some definitive stats then first.

But in the meantime....possibilities would include:

Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid
http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/modules/ ... sheet.php?caresheetID=130

Rams
http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/modules/ ... esheet.php?caresheetID=81

Both of these pretty fish requires quite soft acidic water to thrive

Shellies
http://www.fishkeeping.co.uk/modules/ ... sheet.php?caresheetID=192

Hard water, but easy to buffer up with the use of coral shell/Epsom salts. Cathie has these and they are very cute. They need lots of escargot shells.

Are you hell bent on cichlids or would you consider other freshwater trops, such as tetras and the like?

API GH & KH Testing Kit (very useful too) link here:
http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_trk ... +gh+kh&_sacat=0&_from=R40
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Re: New tank ... #5
I'm not set on my heart on cichlids just liked the look of them in the shop ...


I've had trops before I'm just aware it's a smallish tank !
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Re: New tank ... #6
Still doable depending on what you fancy.

As a *very* rough stocking formula, this site generally advises is 6 small fish who grow to no more than 5/6cm as an initial stock for a 60 litre tank. Once the filter is mature you can double that.

Given the tank is 88 litres it could hold one large shoal (a species only tank) of shoalers that I always think, looks impressive when these fish are in numbers, or two smaller shoals.

If you fancy a temperate tank, white clouds (WCMM) would also be an option. Often overlooked but really lovely when they colour up once settled.

Ooh, options, options lol
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Re: New tank ... #7
Thanks for your help
I'm sat reading everything on this site atm