Ok so My 55 gallon tank is now home and in its place. The gold fish I got with it have all found new homes to various local people and I've cleaned most everything in the tank with a solution of bleach water (I still have a few more rinses on the fake tree roots). I tossed the old gravel and one decoration that looked pretty nasty. I plan on buying new gravel for the whole tank any recommendations?
It also came with a Marineland H.O.T. Magnum filter system. It had 3 micron filters but I tossed them (2 were soaking in a bleach solution
). So I know I need to buy some new ones but I think I want a carbon filter over another micron filter. If anyone knows about these some help would be greatly appreciated!
As for heaters I have a 200W glass one (I read their not recommended for these fish) and a 20W fully submergable ("unbreakable") heater. I wouldn't mind buying another heater but If I can avoid it (or save money and have two smaller heaters) great.
I have two working lights but the hood part is crap. I plan on cutting a few new sheets of glass to fit the slots.
As for the fish going in there I'm thinking 4-5 african cichlids (thanks thekoimaiden for the suggestion) and a pleco. If I could get more great but if not I'll be plenty happy.
I'm going to cycle the tank with a few feeder minnows and possibly my pleco. I read that if you can cycle the tank for one month with a few feeder minnows the bio-load will be similar to a handful of cichlids and then when you get them they'll eat the minnows (its to avoid new tank syndrome). If that sounds wrong do correct me!
This is where I'm doing much of my research http://cichlidadvice.com/index.html
if there is a better site feel free to recommend it, the more I read the more I know!
If anyone knows about these fish, the filter or anything else related to this project of mine feel free to post. I'm always looking for better suggestions and new ideas!