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post #1 of 9 Old 12-10-2012, 03:29 PM Thread Starter
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how many Afican cichlids for a 29 gallon???

I have a 29 gallon tank and wanted to get some African cichlids. I tried to research it but there seems to be opposing opinions on how many you should put in a tank. Anyone that has some experience with them have any suggestions on numbers and which types that would go good with eachother?
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-10-2012, 06:09 PM
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Depends on the species that you want to keep. Different ones have different requirements. Please post what you would like to have.

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post #3 of 9 Old 12-10-2012, 06:10 PM
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Most African Cichlid species require a minimum tank size of 55g. Dwarf cichlids would be better suited for your aquarium pending your water parameters are correct for those species.

10g - Red Cherry Shirmp
20g long - SE Asia "Biotope"
30g - Jasper's (GF) Tank
75g - South American "Biotope"
Plenty of empties...
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post #4 of 9 Old 12-10-2012, 06:11 PM
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Yes, I agree with Stoke88.

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post #5 of 9 Old 12-10-2012, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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I was thinking about labidochromis and acei. I was planning on getting a pair of each. I will look into getting a larger tank if that will not be enough room for them though, so any suggestions would still be nice.
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post #6 of 9 Old 12-10-2012, 09:32 PM
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No to these fish in a tank anything smaller than 55g.

I would look at something more along the lines of the smaller shell dwellers, nothing really from the mbuna, peacocks or haps would suit a tank that size. Be better off with a 40g breeder minimum or a 55g or bigger.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-16-2012, 06:31 PM
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Most African's are purchased at a small size, approx 1-1/2 to 2". Since you are thinking about getting a larger tank, you would need to make that commitment for any African's you decide to get. Besides, shell dwellers as some else mentioned. But, honestly, we have 4 Brevis (Shell Dwellers 1M/3F) and that would be pretty boring in any tank without a few other fish to look at. You have to be careful with Brevis, they have razor sharp teeth and will bite you. I wear aquarium gloves when I am taking care of ours. And, because of their small size, they also tend to get picked on and will pick back.

This posting is pretty old and you may have already decided what to do. But, in case you are still trying to decide, just let me know. I'd be happy to help
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post #8 of 9 Old 12-17-2012, 05:13 PM
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A 29 is a great size for a shell dweller tank. Like everyone has said, mbuna really need at least 55g.
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post #9 of 9 Old 12-18-2012, 02:29 AM
i had close to 10 juviniles and just got a bigger tank.
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