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post #1 of 7 Old 04-19-2009, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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I am thinking of starting a 20 gallon tank and I would like to breed some kind of cichlid. I like convicts and I already have kribs but I would like something ese like firemouths maybe? I don't know what cichlid I could breed in a 20 gallon tank (10 gallon tank would be much better if possible!)
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-27-2009, 05:33 PM
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I have yellow Labs in a 29 G and they do good.
One has eggs in her mouth right now.
They get 4 inches long but some say the aggression is moderate.
I'd honestly say i've had little problems wiith them.
Some fin nipping which is expected with cichlids.
But other than that they are amazing for me.
Cool personalities too.
I'm still new to Cichlids... about 6 months.
I've read up my stuff...
I have a 55 G thats not being used right now..
I still need a stand and somespace in my room. lol.

Bow down to MTS!!!!!!!!
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post #3 of 7 Old 04-28-2009, 06:19 AM
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When and if cichlids decided to spawn, a twenty gal would get crowded quickly for all but the breeding pair. Breeding cichlids,even Angelfish and Severums, (peaceful for the most part) will become very agitated by other fish in the tank who venture close to the eggs or fry. If you are set on breeding ,Then I would suggest saving for a larger tank and separating the breeding pair in one or the other.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-28-2009, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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what if i take the fry out once they are free swimming? How about keyhole cichlids or shell dweling species I think there are some called brevis.
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-29-2009, 01:38 AM
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A pair of keyholes could work ,as well as shell dwellers (better). Google info on care and feeding of species to ensure that your water,pH,hardness,etc is compatible for their longterm health. I might not attempt to keep softwater fish in hard water. In my view, unless you start a third tank, you will have no place to place young cichlids for your ten gal ,,if stats are current,, is way over stocked .30 some fish?

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post #6 of 7 Old 04-29-2009, 06:17 AM
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You could probably breed some kind of Apisto's in a 20 gallon, but as stated, you shouldnt have any other fish in the tank and your gonna need somewhere to go with the fry
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-29-2009, 09:30 AM
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Apistogramma's are some great looking cichlids! And easily can be done in a tank that size. Shelldwellers like, gold occies, or Similis, would be able to grow as a family in a aquarium like that and not need to worry about getting another aquarium anytime soon.

By no means need to have a billion aquariums if looking to breed something, just two would suffice, one for growout and one for breeding, take a look at www.cichlidforum.com they have a species profile there with all the cichlids to choose from to your hearts content :)

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