Hi Pam, I am new to the forum and wish I was aware of it earlier. I just lost my last 3 Lake Malawi Cichlids after about 18 months of seeing them grow. I'm not sure what disease infected the tank but it was quick.
I have a 47 gal "high" tank with a 404 Fluval filter. Anyway, I am about to give it another go and was hoping you could provide suggestions on:
Rocks & Gravel: I used several river rocks of various sizes which made it look good and natural but noticed that the tank always seemed to be dirty, dirt trapped under and between the rocks. I was questioning whether my filter is sufficient or should I go with traditional gravel or some sore of cichlid gravel that I have seen sold?
Do you have suggestions on species that I can keep together, preferably ones with a lot of color or uniqueness to them and suggest how many for a 47 gallon tank?
What are your thoughts on online breeders and can you suggest any good ones?
Anything else you suggest I do for the tank to prepare it for my next go around would be appreciated! Thanks.