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Old 01-17-2012, 08:27 PM   #11
 
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As rrcoolj, that is the way to go.

They are very good parents, if not the best, they will look after the young very very well.

It will not take long for them to breed if the tank is maintained to their liking
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:01 AM   #12
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Many people prefer the flow of filter to provide surface agitation for oxygen exchange.

There is no harm in having one, personal choice.

With regards to it helping to produce fry, that would be more based on the environment the fish are in, ie : as close as possible to natural. The condition of water, if kept clean and to the fishes liking will play a big part in breeding.

If you are planning on breeding then it is a good idea to have a small tank standing by with a sponge filter already cycled. This can be done in a number of ways, many people will cycle it in the main tank for 3+ weeks, and then use it in the fry tank, then once the fry are large enough to go into a larger tank or the main display tank then the filter can be kept "active" by placing it back in the main tank somewhere out of site.

Your stocking suggestion is about right for the tank. You will definitely not be able to keep lake Malawi in that size tank unless the fish are really small.
Actually, I've already got a 6 month old sponge filter in my 55 gallon (which also has a Aquaclear filter rated for 50 gallons). I guess I'll pop it into the 29 gallon. Will it be sufficient filtration if that is the only filter I have in the 29 gallon? I realize that it depends on the number of fish...right now I just want a pair of Kribs and 9 cherry barbs...mebbe 3 otos after the green algae starts to grow.
I think I'll have Brichardis in a bigger tank in the future.
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:26 PM   #13
 
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I would look into getting a second filter of about the same compacity. You can never have too much filtration and it is always wise to run more than one filter incase one breaks. If you can shoot for a good canister filter. The rena xp models are great and pretty good price for canisters.
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Old 01-20-2012, 10:05 AM   #14
 
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hi.if you like the color yellow,you could go with a couple electirc yellows.they have pretty pretty cool personalities
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:45 PM   #15
 
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Actually, I've already got a 6 month old sponge filter in my 55 gallon (which also has a Aquaclear filter rated for 50 gallons). I guess I'll pop it into the 29 gallon. Will it be sufficient filtration if that is the only filter I have in the 29 gallon? I realize that it depends on the number of fish...right now I just want a pair of Kribs and 9 cherry barbs...mebbe 3 otos after the green algae starts to grow.
I think I'll have Brichardis in a bigger tank in the future.

Rena XP 2 canister would be great for that tank. Ideally aim for x5 your total tank volume in terms of filtration. Some fish require more but with what you are looking at then it would be fine.

Also you can get another Aquaclear 50, they are great filters and no one hardly has a bad thing to say about them.
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:28 PM   #16
 
another neat cichlid that byron helped me decide on would be the Cockatoo Dwarf Cichlid, there pretty and you could proably keep about 4 or so, can pair them up with panda cory's, and some cherry barbs.
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