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Just starting a new 60 gallon tank. I do want to establish cichlids in it eventually. Length is 48" . I currently have a 36 gallon tank with community fish..does it make sense to seed with gravel from that tank? Also, my tap water is naturally 7.8, do I need to raise it into 8.2 range for Cichlids?
 

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I would just do a fishless cycle or use media from your current filter. Gravel is smooth and doesn't have inner pores so there won't be hardly any BB on it.

About the pH as long as it's stable you're perfectly fine, no need to buffer.

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Example: If you had 2 filters on the 36" tank and put one in the 60G tank it would support the equivalent of 1/2 the bioload of your 36" tank.

So maybe not a fully-stocked 55G from day one, but you could then bump up the crop of beneficial bacteria with ammonia before adding fish, or add your cichlids in small groups (say 5 at a time every other month) and let the beneficial bacteria catch up between additions.
 

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I would skip johannii in a 55G. The blue are the males and the yellow are the females. Even in a 75G you would want only one male/tank. Seven or more females for this aggressive fish.

Do what twice? Wait a month or more between additions. The bacteria need time to grow.
 

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Okay, now I know that Johannis are not a good starter Cichlid for me. If I add say 5 per month as suggested, are there any colourful blues or yellows that would make sense ? And how many would be a sensible limit of fish.
 
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