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Old 06-08-2018, 12:40 PM   #1
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Default Want to get into Cichlids, need advice

I have a tank that is for a tropical fish tank and I am thinking of converting it to a Cichlids tank.

However, before I go ahead, I want to understand if I can handle Cichlids.
I like my current tank setup because it doesn't require a lot of work and hoping the new tank would be the same. I have also read that Cichlids can get aggressive and can be very hard to keep, water needs to be at a very specific pH, specific hardness etc etc and that is making me wary to get into Cichlids.

This is where I am looking to you to help me understand/learn how to keep Cichlids. If this is a good idea or should I just stay with what I have.

The tank is a 55 gallon 48" x 12" x 21"

Substrate:
I read that sand is perfect of African Cichlids and that pool filter sand is the cheapest option. Will these work?
http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/po...-0814253p.html
https://www.rona.ca/en/filtra-max-po...-sand-05335094

Any other good, cheap options I should consider?

Fish:
I am looking for fish that are easier for beginners. I like the following for their colour:
Pseudotropheus saulosi
Yellow Lab

Will these fish get along?
Are they aggressive?
How many I can keep?
Are there other kinds that I should consider?

Stone:
I have some garden rocks, wondering if it is appropriate to use them in the aquarium for Cichlids

Filter:
The current setup has a canister filter, but it is getting old and not running the best.

Please let me know what else I need to consider.
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