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Old 08-30-2013, 02:44 AM   #1 
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Opinions! What should I do with my new tank?

Last week I snagged an unbelievable deal at a yard sale on a 45g long tank. It came with a wooden stand, a huge Emperor filter, a light, a heater, several bottles of water conditioner, two large decorations, and a custom built lid for the top that hides the appearance of the filter and the light (and as a bonus, will prevent my cats from digging their paws into the water!) The best part? I got everything for $50.

Now, everything is set up and I have started to cycle the tank today, so it will be a good while before I add any fish, but I'm sort of undecided on what to do with it! I could start a betta sorority, but I sort of already have that going on in my 30 gallon. I have six girls in there along with my other community fish and was thinking of trying something different.

My first idea was having an entire tank of mollies. They come in so many varieties, so it might be fun. My second idea (but the one I am more hesitant about) was to have cichlids. I have never kept cichlids before so I am looking for advice and opinions on either of my ideas, as I do not trust pet store employees enough to ask them...
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There are some cichlid forums if you decide to go that route... I believe you can't link forums on here though so I can't show you one...
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:46 PM   #3 
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I think the sorority would be a bit redundant. If you do go with mollies I suggest sticking to either one variety (if you intend to breed) or get just males of different varieties. If you do want to breed sticking to one variety will help retain genetic purity of the lines. Sailfin mollies are pretty neat.

Cichlid is a very general term. Any specific ones in mind? Rift lake cichlids or dwarf ones from the Americas (like rams and apistos)?
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This is TFK (Tropical FishKeeping), the parent forum of our Betta sub-forum. You might get more informed opinions there.
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Old 08-30-2013, 10:54 PM   #5 
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Thank you Hallyx, I will check it out. I think I am going to go with mollies after all, but I have plenty of time to decide before the tank is fully cycled.

And for the cichlids, I meant the small, colorful types..I've read that they are less aggressive and do not grow nearly as huge as the other varieties such as jack dempseys, etc.
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