Hi Pam -
i just set up my 55 gal. and its been cycling for almost 2 weeks now using the Aquaclear 70. During that time ive been trying to do my homework on Cichlids. I operated a regular freshwater for a couple of years (same 55 gal.) with all passive fish (mollies, clown loaches, etc...). This time i want Cichlids but there are so many varieties. Im thinking Central or South American or maybe Malawi. There are lots of plants (fake) in the aquarium (because my g/f likes that look) but im wondering how that will work with certain Cichlids or if there are some varieties that dont mind so many plants. There are just not many spots left for hiding except between the plants ( i might be able to add a few small pots or something similar if i can find room). Also im using regular pea size gravel. I just need some direction because i want a cool tank not a mess. Eventually id like to have some less agressive fish though like maybe Gourami and Rainbow Shark and am wondering how they will get along with some of the more agressive Cichlids. Is there a good book you could recommend that is sold in most pet stores? Thanks for the input.