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Old 01-03-2013, 06:21 PM   #11
 
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The tubes on the light fixture say "Eclipse F18T8 Natural daylight"

The cichlids I was looking to add were

- Blood Dragon
- Hap Ali
- Albino Hap Ali
- Bi Colour 500
- Otterpoint

What ones/combo of these can I add to the existing cichlids? I was hoping to get 2-3 more in there.

As for the tetras, if I grab 2 more of the ones I got in there, what other fish can I add to it? I do not want to over crowd
That tube should be fine.

Two or three more Pristella would be good to increase them. As for other fish, this is only a 20g and while the Pristella may seem small now they will (or should) grow as it notes in the profile. They are peaceful, so some similar tetra would work. Browse through our profiles. Keep in mind your water parameters.

I would have to look up those cichlids; another member may have a better idea.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:25 PM   #12
 
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This might let you see how much room Cichlids need, this is my fathers Malawi Aquarium,
The aquarium is massive yet the Cichlids use up all of the swimming space
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:36 PM   #13
 
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The tubes on the light fixture say "Eclipse F18T8 Natural daylight"

The cichlids I was looking to add were

- Blood Dragon
- Hap Ali
- Albino Hap Ali
- Bi Colour 500
- Otterpoint

What ones/combo of these can I add to the existing cichlids? I was hoping to get 2-3 more in there.
The second cichlid in your main aquarium looks to be a yellow lab.

Hap Ahli -> Too big for your tank
Blood Dragon -> Beautiful fish, but still too large
Albino Hap Ahli -> Above
Bi-Color 500 -> Above
Otterpoint -> Above

Any of the above cichlids will not be happy in a 30G aquarium. If you really want cichlids then I recommend investing in shell dwellers, they are great fish and will suit your aquarium better. They are very unique as well
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:11 PM   #14
 
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Agree with what the others have posted regarding the cichlids.

The tank is simply top small to house anything but shell dwellers, Africans are extremely active, sometimes aggressive fish and need a bigger tank to allow territory to be claimed. I would seriously look at nothing smaller than a 55g for Africans unless you are getting them all as small juveniles in which case a 40g breeder would suffice for a year or two at most.

Jewel cichlids generally do get along with most species of cichlids but in a tank smaller than 55g, can become aggressive and take over a tank as such.

If you want to add anymore fish, you will need a larger tank, nothing can fit into that tank and have a comfortable stress free life...sorry but its the truth.
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