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Hey all, first post here so please be nice...:) Im coming back to the aquarium game after my house fire in 2010 destroyed over 25,000 worth of tanks and saltwater stock. I swore id never do it again, but my wife encouraged me to restart and i purchased a 125 and decided to go fresh this time and concentrate on cichlids. (note- i've spent the last 2 weeks reading this forum end to end and i'm still a bit confused) . The tank is full of rock work, as most posts in the forum suggest, so i think im good there. I'm running a fx-4 and a nu-clear canister (little giant pump -700 gal a hour) with a 100 micron filter and a duel nu-clear bio canister with potscubbers and bio rings. For water changes i piped the tank filter to a waiste line in the basement, so all i have to do is close one ball valve and open the waiste line and it'll just dump any amount of water i need . So basically i think the tank is ok, but i do understand that apparently these fish are always a work in progress. So heres the question- what to put in it...i really like Pseudotropheus Saulosi Cichlid and msobo, but i think ill go with the saulosi. I also want to put in a group of afra ...will that work, and what kind will give me a chance for success. The last species i'd like to put in is elongatus usisya...am i inviting a bloodbath or could these three species live in heavily rocked 125 ( 6 of each fish-total 18) in a mostly bloodless existence? Hey, thanks in advance for any help i receive...btw- im new to cichlids but have a ton of experience with saltwater aquariums (i understand they are way different) and was running them since the mid 80's until the fire--i had a fish room in my basement that was second to none until that Jan day that destoyed it all....thanks in advance
 

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Hi- welcome back to the hobby. I started with mbunas about 7 years ago. I have moved away from them over the past year and a half and have focused on haps and peacocks. I set up a 210g all male hap/peacock tank that includes clown loaches and multipunctatus catfish and the tank looks great. I would recommend that over mbunas. Less headaches...
 

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Mbuna are easy enough, but better to choose species that don't look alike...I find one species of blue barred fish per tank allows the fish to shine.
 
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