Originally Posted by Brandonl87
Hey guys I was thinking of converting my 55g tank which houses guppies to a cichlid tank i was thinking maybe 5 Acei's ? and keeping the pleco thats in there? the tank is planted pretty good has 2 Amazon swords 2 Anubias. a few java ferns and some watersprite floating. any suggestions? please help
You can keep them perfectly fine in that tank, in fact you can have 12-15 cichlids in that tank.
They do get to about 6" and to add some color contrast look at some yellow labs perhaps as well.
A point to consider is cichlids need a lot of filtration about 10-15 times the tank volume as they are messy, they are moderately aggressive to the each other..they are best kept in 1 male to 4 females groups as once the male gets into breeding mode, it helps spread the aggression over several females and not just one.
Plants out of the ones you have, they will eat them all except the java fern, I have tried amazon swords and have anubias in the tank now, and my acei ate them...water sprite again, I would not recommend it as acei like to swim all over the tank and are likely to munch on them as well.
Lake Malawi is a naturally sandy bottom lake with a lot of rock structure, this would be the theme of your tank, sand, rocks and more rocks!
what pleco do you have?