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  1. General African Cichlid Discussion
    I posted a general stocking question in setup and got some good advice, narrowing down to a SA stocking or an African tank. Thought I would put my idea for a potential stock list if I decide to go this route to see if anyone has any suggestion: 6’ (125G) tank, hoping to have it planted, it’s...
  2. I'm switching my 180G (36" x 36") African tank to a 72" 210G. I'm running a 20G sump on the 180G. The 210 isn't drilled but is coming with two Fx6s. So my question is: - Should I use an overflow box and build a new (bigger) sump for the 210G? I would use the same filter media from the...
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  4. Hey guys I’m hoping someone can help tell me what particular cichlids these 2 are or knows of someone who they could maybe put me in touch with on here (if that’s possible) I was given a few cichlids from an acquaintance and was told they were Hap Brownae but have since been told that would be...
  5. Hi. So I inherited a 6’ (125G) tank at work (I am a teacher). I’m in the process of getting it cleaned up and ready. I am looking to get something on the “slightly easier to maintain” side of things. I’m leaning towards a heavily planted tank and am looking at some (not all) of the...
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