Hi. I am new here and hope i'll get along with this forum as it sems very interesting and helpful.
I have just quit the planted tank route. The frequent pruning and dead leaves removal had bothered me, and hence opted for a non-planted set-up. In view of this, an african cichlid livestock seem to be the more appropriate for this kind of set-up.
My tank is a Juwel Rio240 (240ltr), 4ft long, internal Bioflow 3 filtration at 600l/hr. Rock 3d background and also a piece of moorwood will be used. Added to this will be real stones as the ideal habitat for african cichlids.
I intend to use also the wonderful Aquatic nature Dekoline "Ebony" gravel, which is black in colour and of 8mm size. This may sound a bit too large, but i believe it will be easier to vacuum without the material syphoning down.
However as i am about to deocrate the tank prior to filling, i would like some suggestions as to better choose the cichlid type. I was first tempted to try malawis, but many told me to beware as they are overly aggressive and will "ruin" a nice decorated tank. At the same time i was also suggested a Tanganyikan set-up as they are not much aggressive like Malawis, and they are very nice to look at. I have had a look on internet and i really like the tanganyikan cichlids. However, is my tank ideal for a Tanganyikan set-up? Can i include frontosas as well or the tank is too small for them?
I am open for suggestions as i have bought no fish so far, so i am still in time for any selection. I would like some "quite" non overly aggressive fish that allow a nice tank set-up and not end up like most malawi owners told me, with all the gravel pushed on one side and so on....
Sorry for being long, but i need some info on this. Thanks in advance