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Guppyluver4ever 07-29-2009 01:06 PM

Cichlid Questions
Could i keep one or two cichlids in a 20 gallon tank for example the demasoni cichlids or the electric yellow cichlids that only grow to 5"....

another question are cichlids aggressive towards all other fish including each other?

Are there any fish they are compatible with? Would they be ok with neon tetras?

When I get my new tank Im giving my old 20 gallon to my brother and he is very interested in the cichlids but i know nothing about them.

SO if he cant keep cichlids can he get a krib or a scarlet gem badis and how many could he get of them?


Fishin Pole 07-29-2009 01:24 PM

the tank is to small for african cichlids of any kind....with the exception of the Lake Tang shell dwellers.....African cichlids are generally not good tankmates for other types of fish, except maybe some type of bottom dweller that can handle a higher Ph, which the africans require.......They will eat any tetra you put in with them.....A pair of Kribs or a pair of Badis would probably work if the tank is a 20 gallon long and not the 20 tall..........The biggest thing with african cichlids is the footprint of the tank, a tall tank is doing them no good......They need space and LOTS of hiding spots......They are not a good fish for a beginner to start with.........

Guppyluver4ever 07-29-2009 02:40 PM

oh... its the 20 gallon tall, but i dont understand the Scarlet Gem Badis only grow to 1", or as they are now known as dario dario . Ive researched and it says you could have them in tanks as small as 7 gallon tanks.

Fishin Pole 07-29-2009 03:38 PM

your correct, the dario dario WILL work in a 20 of either size..........I was thinking of another species of fish, sorry.....

Guppyluver4ever 07-29-2009 04:32 PM

i thought so i was like man that 1" fish need space!!! Alright thx

motica1 07-30-2009 10:07 AM

I'm her brother and i really like those dario darios. how many could i keep in that tank and what other fish could i keep along with them?

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