09-30-2011, 11:07 PM
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I recommend finding one your really like then looking for tank mates. It's gonna depend on what you want really fast and active, really colorful, calm and big, etc. Do you ave a specific color you want. I'm not really into any of the central or south american cichlids but that's just me, I love lake malawi species.
Than you need to consider do you have a store to get these fish from or are you going to have to order them online. I do not have any good stores around here so I order a lot. If you have a good store go wander around and write down names of fish you like then google them or post here.
The just dump a lot of random cihlids does not work. Sooner or later somebody will grow up and kill it's buddies, it may take a month in may take 3 yrs.
Cichlids are fun but find what you want at the end of the day your the one enjoying it. There are lots of cichlids to look threw.