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post #1 of 6 Old 01-03-2009, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Can my tank hold cichlids

Hi everyone. I'm interrested in adding some cichlids to my tank. I've never had cichlids before, and am unsure how to start out. I just want to know if my tank can even house cichlids.

Its 55 gallons. it has 2 angelfish, 2 gouramis, 3 cories, and 2 bristlenose plecos. It has slightly hard water, gravel bedding, and is kept at about 78-75 degrees

Do you guys think this is decent enough to get some cichlids? I've never had them, and all my reseach into them has got me even more confused. Any tips and advice will be much appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-03-2009, 11:23 PM
yes, your tank is fine to hold ciclids, cause you already have some in your tank(angelfish) but you will have to get then non aggresve ciclids
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-03-2009, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Which ones are considered non-aggressive? And if I do, how much can I get before running into bullying or overcrowding trouble?
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-05-2009, 06:48 AM
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A couple keyhole cichlids, bolivian rams, rainbow cichlids could work long term. The angel fish will eventually need a 75 to 100 gal in my opinion.

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post #5 of 6 Old 01-05-2009, 08:01 AM
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I wanted some keyhole chichlids for my tank. My lfs did not have any, so I went with Bolivian Rams. Great little cichlids. Never pick on anyone, very attentive when I am in the room. Highly recommend!
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-06-2009, 02:25 AM
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Yep, I'd recommend a peaceful dwarf species like rams, keyholes, apistogramma, nannacara or kribensis. Of course, most cichlids can be fairly aggressive towards one another under certain conditions (breeding, especially) so there are no guarantees that this will work out. It should, but be prepared to return any fish that cause problems.

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