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Old 12-30-2009, 03:21 AM   #1
 
29 gallon?

Putting together a new tank, kind of set on getting an angelfish and gouramis, but was possibly consider putting in cichlids instead.

How many cichlids could i keep in a 29 gallon tank safely? or should i just not?
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:31 AM   #2
 
most likely would be mbunas
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:55 AM   #3
 
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You already have cichlids in the tank. Angelfish are a vey cool south american cichlid. Im guesing you want something more aggressive? Most mbunas will grow too large for your tank infact all will. But if you upgrade to a 3ft tank you can very well keep dwarf mbunas like salousi that won't pass 3in in length. They are a beautiful species with males sporting blue coloring with black bars and femalesa re yellow. Many people have kept a colony in 30 gallon tanks very well.

Or you could do a pair of central american ciclids like convicts and thier cousins or firemouths and thier cousins.
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Old 12-30-2009, 01:02 PM   #4
 
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Or you could do a pair of central american ciclids like convicts and thier cousins or firemouths and thier cousins.
so like 4 at max?
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Old 12-30-2009, 04:10 PM   #5
 
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No lol just a pair thiey would kill eachother in a tank that small. WhenI say cousins I mean other fish in thier genus. Like cutteri and sajicas are cool relatives of the convict. Ellioti is a cool cousin of the firemouth.
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Old 12-30-2009, 05:07 PM   #6
 
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in a 29 gallon angelfish just wont work long term for you, they will quickly outgrow the tank..........My suggestions if you definitely want some type of cichlid, check out kribensis, apistogrammas or possibly the Lake Tang shell dwellers....You could do 3 (1M,2F) of any of these species in a tank that size........They all stay under 4 inches.......Please dont mix angelfish with ANY mbuna, the angelfish wont last long with the aggressive traits of the mbuna species, plus they require totally different water parameters.........
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:43 PM   #7
 
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I agree with Fishin Pole, you should check out dwarf cichlids. I currently have 13 pelvicachromis pulcher (kribensis) in my tank (3 adults + 10 young almost adult fish). I am going to soon get rid of the 10 fry. Kribensis are very gorgeous fish especially when breeding. The females as well as the males bellies turn dark pink and they have blue and yellow highlights all over their fins. They dont get big and are compatible with most other fish. I wouldn,t suggest mixing them with longfinned fish like male guppies or anglefish... my breeding pair killed 4 adult angelfish and countless guppies... although when not breeding they are very docile. Rams and apistos are very cool fish aswell. I ve never kept shelldwellers but they seem very interesting and they would really thrive in a tank your size... hope my opinions helped you a bit :)
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:57 PM   #8
 
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Shell dwellers are cool but one comment on them. They live almost exclusively on the bottom of the tank and since a 29 is basically like an extra tall 20 then the shellies won't fill the tank all that much. You could but fast moving fish that like hard water. Liveberers like swordtails and mollies work well. Also some types of rainbows and blind cave tetras all thrive in the hard water shellies like.

Also do your research on each type of shellies. They are all very different in temperment, personality, and size. But I have heard nothing but good things about them. Very cool fish.
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Old 12-31-2009, 03:42 AM   #9
 
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in a 29 gallon angelfish just wont work long term for you, they will quickly outgrow the tank..........My suggestions if you definitely want some type of cichlid, check out kribensis, apistogrammas or possibly the Lake Tang shell dwellers....You could do 3 (1M,2F) of any of these species in a tank that size........They all stay under 4 inches.......Please dont mix angelfish with ANY mbuna, the angelfish wont last long with the aggressive traits of the mbuna species, plus they require totally different water parameters.........
i would never mix angels with mbunas, i know about that. i was thinking about different options more or less, some other type of cichlids OR an angel tank
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Old 12-31-2009, 03:46 AM   #10
 
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I agree with Fishin Pole, you should check out dwarf cichlids. I currently have 13 pelvicachromis pulcher (kribensis) in my tank (3 adults + 10 young almost adult fish). I am going to soon get rid of the 10 fry. Kribensis are very gorgeous fish especially when breeding. The females as well as the males bellies turn dark pink and they have blue and yellow highlights all over their fins. They dont get big and are compatible with most other fish. I wouldn,t suggest mixing them with longfinned fish like male guppies or anglefish... my breeding pair killed 4 adult angelfish and countless guppies... although when not breeding they are very docile. Rams and apistos are very cool fish aswell. I ve never kept shelldwellers but they seem very interesting and they would really thrive in a tank your size... hope my opinions helped you a bit :)
what do you keep with your kribs? if anything?
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