07-09-2013, 06:27 PM
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I'm planning the same size tank for my room at work, and no cichlids aren't out :) Check out these shell dwellers, which are the smallest of the cichlids. They seem to have pretty cool behaviors. The name is neolamprologus multifasciatus, or more commonly known as "shellies" or "multis". You can keep one male and 2-3 females in a 10 gallon.
I also thought of the DP, but there will be times I will need a janitor to drop food in, and live food for DP is just out, plus they are messy eaters, and water quality issues, unless you are willing to keep up on water parameters. I can be out of my office for 2 weeks, (it's at a school). Of course I'll bring my tank home for the summer :)
These fish are not easy to find, sadly. I've found a guy in Phoenix, who will ship me some. I'm waiting now on the shipping charge. These are the fish I'm planning on.