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Smiley Green 12-10-2012 03:29 PM

how many Afican cichlids for a 29 gallon???
I have a 29 gallon tank and wanted to get some African cichlids. I tried to research it but there seems to be opposing opinions on how many you should put in a tank. Anyone that has some experience with them have any suggestions on numbers and which types that would go good with eachother?

RedRaider15 12-10-2012 06:09 PM

Depends on the species that you want to keep. Different ones have different requirements. Please post what you would like to have.

Stoke88 12-10-2012 06:10 PM

Most African Cichlid species require a minimum tank size of 55g. Dwarf cichlids would be better suited for your aquarium pending your water parameters are correct for those species.

RedRaider15 12-10-2012 06:11 PM

Yes, I agree with Stoke88.

Smiley Green 12-10-2012 08:14 PM

I was thinking about labidochromis and acei. I was planning on getting a pair of each. I will look into getting a larger tank if that will not be enough room for them though, so any suggestions would still be nice.

Tazman 12-10-2012 09:32 PM

No to these fish in a tank anything smaller than 55g.

I would look at something more along the lines of the smaller shell dwellers, nothing really from the mbuna, peacocks or haps would suit a tank that size. Be better off with a 40g breeder minimum or a 55g or bigger.

lakemalawifish 12-16-2012 06:31 PM

Most African's are purchased at a small size, approx 1-1/2 to 2". Since you are thinking about getting a larger tank, you would need to make that commitment for any African's you decide to get. Besides, shell dwellers as some else mentioned. But, honestly, we have 4 Brevis (Shell Dwellers 1M/3F) and that would be pretty boring in any tank without a few other fish to look at. You have to be careful with Brevis, they have razor sharp teeth and will bite you. I wear aquarium gloves when I am taking care of ours. And, because of their small size, they also tend to get picked on and will pick back.

This posting is pretty old and you may have already decided what to do. But, in case you are still trying to decide, just let me know. I'd be happy to help

lorax84 12-17-2012 05:13 PM

A 29 is a great size for a shell dweller tank. Like everyone has said, mbuna really need at least 55g.

community cichlid 12-18-2012 02:29 AM

i had close to 10 juviniles and just got a bigger tank.

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