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#1539 Starting a 29 gal tank, Need fish selection advice

Posted by Lawrence5035 on 21 February 2008 - 07:44 PM in Lake Malawi Cichlids

I have a 29G Malawi tank with plants and about 60lbs of rocks. Using African Cichlid substrate, one bio wheel filter and one whisper filter. having two filters really helps keep it clean. I use RO water only in the tank. Have had the tank over a year and a half. 2 syodontis. NOW only 6 cichlids left. I have lost a few over time from aggression and mysterious disappearances. The fewer fish I have the higher aggression gets. Right now I can not even stand the level of aggression I am experiencing. I would like to start all over and get an south american community tank but that would be a lot of trouble to get rid of my beautiful fish that I have left. The only alternative I have is to invest in some more fish. I will most likely overstock the tank and buy about 5 more. But it will cost a ton because I don't want to buy juveniles that would just disappear in a couple days.

So when setting up your tank. I would recommend cycling the tank with some Giant Danios. Constantly monitor your water conditions. then introduce as many very young fish as you can afford!! only buy fish that are considered small to medium when mature. Also, introduce them in odd small number groups or 3 or at a time.

good luck and buy a book before you do anything