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post #1 of 7 Old 10-21-2011, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking of doing a Cichlid tank

Hello I am thinking of doing the Cichlid 30 gallon tank. What kind would be best for this size tank? How many and if any tank mates?

I want beautiful colored cichlids...trying to narrow it down so I can start on setting up tank.

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36 Gallon Bowfront
Lucy, Laverne, Lilly (spotted corys)
The Rios (5 von rio tetras)
The Red Eye (3 red eye tetras)
Raphael (raphael catfish)
Sky (Neon dwarf Gourami)
Norman (powder blue dwarf Gourami)
Red (Fire- Red dwarf Gourami)
Alive (ghost shrimp)
Rambo (bamboo shrimp)
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-21-2011, 12:46 PM
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I'm still fairly new to fish keeping but I know your gonna be asked for a lot more info on your water as this will help to determine what cichlids you're
better keeping. I have a south american cichlid tank, but if you want lots of colour I think you'll want to go for Africans. But the people on here will be great at getting you started.
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post #3 of 7 Old 10-21-2011, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I want to determine a cichlid - like a centerpeice then create the tank around that fish. I have not started anything yet. Wanted feedback on a cool awesome fish then I will create the perfect home.

Thanks for your feedback!
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36 Gallon Bowfront
Lucy, Laverne, Lilly (spotted corys)
The Rios (5 von rio tetras)
The Red Eye (3 red eye tetras)
Raphael (raphael catfish)
Sky (Neon dwarf Gourami)
Norman (powder blue dwarf Gourami)
Red (Fire- Red dwarf Gourami)
Alive (ghost shrimp)
Rambo (bamboo shrimp)
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-21-2011, 08:12 PM
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Which way you go is totally dependent on your water. Soft neutral to acidic go South American, hard and alkaline go African.

Here is a link to suggested setups for various cichlids, whether African or South American
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post #5 of 7 Old 10-21-2011, 08:53 PM
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Honestly.. a 29g isn't a good tank at all for any cichlids. You have very few options. You will likely end up with a one fish tank.

As mentioned above though, would need your water hardness and PH before any possibilities could be offered.
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post #6 of 7 Old 10-21-2011, 11:18 PM
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Actually, there are quite a few options. Some of the South American dwarf cichlids can do well in pairs or small harems (depending on species needs) in a 24" tank., as well as a select few rift lake cichlids in small harems. The ones that would work would be are between 2" and 3.5". For example:

a breeding pair of Laetacara dorsigera
a breeding pair of Mikrogeophagus ramirezi
a small harem (3 fish) of Haplochromis sp. "ruby"
a harem (5 fish) ofJulidochromis ornatus

Think of all the Apistos! I, myself, am planning a 25g with a pair of Red Breasted Acara. But you're right, its all conjecture until we get water parameters. I love the planning stage, its so exciting!

"My dither fish need dither fish!"
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-22-2011, 01:19 AM
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lol oops I completely forgot about the dwarf species .... there are some very colorful apistos out there.
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