01-16-2008, 03:20 PM
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What kinds of cichlids? Cichlids are a huge group and not all are compatible. Be careful which ones you're attempting to mix.
African cichlids generally mix with most other african cichlids, but not South and Central American cichlids, and vice versa.
Also, important to be aware, many cichlids will get too large to stay in a 55 gallon tank for long, so choosing specific fish that will stay small will help if you don't wish to upgrade to a larger tank in about a year.
Most cichlids are very territorial and aggressive, and if feeling crowded, will tend to kill each other in the fight for territory.
Also, most cichlids are quite easy to spawn, and if there are male/female together in a tank, this is to be expected. Cichlids tend to be great parents, but this also means that when spawning the pair will expect to take over almost an entire 55 gallon tank as territory in which to raise their fry. Other fish then become the enemy... you can see where that goes.
This is just a heads up to help you out. I'd hate to see you end up with a mess and lose fish simply because you weren't prepared for what they are and what they turn into. If we know what types of cichlids you're looking at we can post information about them to help you out.