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Hey everyone first post here. I just upgraded to my first Cichlid tank and went with Tanganyikas, I am running a Fluval 306 and a Fluval FX4 for filtration on a 75 gallon. Bio Sand substrate with some crushed coral coming tomorrow. I have 1 piece of Texas holy rock, 2 large Tufa rocks and 2 holy rock decoration pieces in the tank. 2 bubble wands and a wave maker too. I also have a few snail shells for my shell dwellers. I have added my fish to start (12) but I am having a problem maintaining my PH and keeping my Nitrates down. I am aware of adding new fish causing an ammonia spike which I am monitoring everyday with an API master kit and using seachem prime but I was wondering if anyone had any helpful tips or tricks as to what I should/shouldnt be doing and looking for either daily or weekly. Any help to a newbie would be greatly appreciated!
 

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You are better off cycling without fish using ammonia.

What fish did you add? You may have to change water daily. How long has the tank been running with fish? I am surprised if you have high nitrate, that you still have high ammonia.
 

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Well the filters I am running were switched from a smaller set up so I let them run in the new tank for 10 days constantly checking water parameters. Everything was holding well until I added the fish. I added a few shell dwellers, 2 Frontosa, 2 Julidochromis, 2 Cyprichromis, 2 Neolamprologus Bricardi and forgive me for forgetting the names (I am still learning) but 2 other juveniles. I will try to post photos later on. Fish seem very happy. Today I bought a 10lb bag of Argonite which I plan on adding about a cup or two per day to the sand substrate so as not to throw things out of whack too quickly. I also added about 8 turbo shells for the shell dwellers. PH now seems to be holding steady at about 8.2-8.4. Nitrates between 10-20ppm. After adding Prime, ammonia dropped to 0 and nitrites still holding at 0. I do plan on starting just some small water changes daily if nitrates climb but I was trying to wait at least a week before doing that. I have had other successful community tanks before but never cichlids so this is all pretty new to me. I did a lot of research before jumping in, maybe I am just being paranoid but they are awesome and I want to succeed here!
 

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Welcome to Cichlid-forum!

The frontosa like to be in bigger groups and need a 72" tank.

Cyps are good in a 48" tank but you want a group of a dozen.

Brichardi are very aggressive when spawning...many find they are better in a species tank than with Tangs of other species, especially in a 48" tank.

The cyps, the julidochromis and the shellies should do well in a 75G. Let us know what the last 2 juveniles are when you remember.

Tangs like julidochromis, unless they are a proven pair that have produced fry together, tend to want to choose their own mates and may not accept a mate that has been chosen for them. Try stocking 6 unsexed juveniles and rehoming the fish that are rejected by the dominant pair.
 
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