Originally Posted by jmlampert23
i agree with this entire post. 2 baby cichlids, no water what exact species they are will do fine in this 10 gallon tank with a filter pumping 200 GPH. the aquaclear filter is a very good piece of equipment.
also obviously depending on the species of cichlid you have you will probably have to upgrade the size of your tank at some point but right now you will be fine. you will not have to upgrade for a while probably a better part of a year or more
Statement is inaccurate. Depending on species of fish ,even babies can present problems in small tanks. Examples.. Two baby red devils,two baby green terrors,two baby jaguars,two baby jewel cichlids,I could go on.
Point is ,not all juvenile fish will get along in a small tank regardless of the filtration and or maint schedule. It is in my view,all about compatibilty,territory ,(Cichlids) and waste produced and the dilution capabilities and or lack thereof in smaller tanks. Many cichlids ,will outgrow small tanks in a matter of a few months assuming they are being fed properly and many will inflict serious damage while sparring for territory long before that .
ALWAYS best to inform those that larger tanks ,depending on species ,will be needed to relieve territorial activity, and or stress from same. Many folks SAY they are going to provide larger tanks but in reality,, this may or may not happen. Is how many of these fish wind up in lakes and streams from California,to Mexico, to Florida where they compete directly with native fishes for food. Nothing wrong, in fact it is in my view... The responsibilty of other hobbyist's to make clear what will be needed SOONER rather than later. Opinions vary.