I am about to set-up my third big tank, a 65 gallon, and I'm pretty well decided on getting some African Cichlids. I bought "The Cichlid Aquarium", by Dr. P.V. Loiselle and after reading it, I think I want to get some of the Mbuna type cichlids, in particular Metriaclima zebra, and Labeotropheus genus. (Man I wish these critters had easier names). I don't have a filter yet for the tank. So I am wondering if a Penguin 300TM with a biowheel would be sufficient, or should I also get a UGF (Under Gravel Filter)? The book suggests using aquarium sealer to build the rock structures permanently, and avoid the guys pushing over the rocks and creating a rockslide. Anybody done this? I like plants in my tanks. Has anybody kept plants and Africans? Any hints? I going to use 7 zebra danios to cycle the tank. (This will be the 3rd tank these critters will cycle in four months with no losses-what a hardy species!). After the tank is cycled. I want to know a few things.How many fish can I put in the tank I figured roughly 12, plus a big pleco and/or Synodontis cat?
Thanks in advance, Clif