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dmullet7788 02-18-2007 11:57 PM

stocking suggestions (yes another one)
i know lots of people ask opinions for starting tanks and luckily for you guys i'm not exception ;)

well anyway i've got a 10 gallon tank and it's been running for quite sometime so it's cycled well and all (currently has a couple of guppies in it which will be moved to another 10g tank) and i'm looking to get something more aggressive and active like a cichlid. i know a 10g tank will really narrow things down, but what do you think would be some good choices that won't outgrow the tank and not too terribly hard to find.

Lupin 02-19-2007 12:32 AM

Blue rams or apistos?:)

Daz 02-19-2007 03:18 AM

A pair of Rainbows if you want more aggression than Blue's suggestion, but the question has to be asked, why?

musho3210 02-19-2007 10:43 AM

You cant really fit any chichlid in there nicely, you can try rams or something of the sort but in such confines spaces, they might fight a lot and not be able to back down causing damages. Unless you provide lots of hiding spaces i wouldnt do it.

fuzz16 02-19-2007 01:56 PM

ive heard of keeping convicts in 10g, i personally wouldnt advice it. but perhaps a couple females would be happy in it.
they get about 4" and dont get a pair, they will breed insanely quickly and uncompatible pairs will fight after a few spawns and one will kill the other.
if not that then do kribs. thier beautiful, small, and easy to breed

dmullet7788 02-19-2007 02:38 PM

i know what a ram is but what's a krib?

Amphitrite 02-19-2007 02:47 PM


Originally Posted by dmullet7788
i know what a ram is but what's a krib?

Kribs are african cics, rainbows are dwarf central americans.

tophat665 02-19-2007 03:58 PM

You have 10 gallons and want cichlids? Then Shellies are the fish for you. Google "Tanganyika Shell Dwellers" and you'll find a number of sites discussing these amazing little fish. The smallest of them (Neolamprologus multifasciatus) maxes out at 2" long. 10 gallons is plenty for a breeding pair (of course, you'll have to cull the fry unless you have the wherewithal to grow them out and sell them.)

Note that this is a specialist solution - with all the funky water chemistry quirks that make Lake Tanganyika water hard enough to sculpt. Still, for real Cichlid behavior in a 10 gallon tank, this is your only viable option.

dmullet7788 02-20-2007 12:51 PM

so only 1 breeding pair? or can i have like a couple females and a male or the other way around? <kinda like guppies i guess

tophat665 02-20-2007 08:36 PM

It would really depend on the species. They need about 6x6" of floor space of the tank each for their territory. Now, with some of them, that means you get a single, monogamous pair in a 10 gallon, for others that means you get one male and 2 or three females. I think Multis are one of the harem breeding ones. Seriously, google is your friend here. I did the research on it a couple of months ago, and then let it slide out of my head when I didn't have a free tank for it. It should take you all of 2 to 4 hours to get familiar with what you need for shellies, and maybe another 2 to 4 to figure out exactly how to get the water parameters what they need to be. Now, because of forum rules, I can't link ore even recommend that you visit the forum that's dedicated to these fish, but I would be remiss if I didn't say that it's on the first page of google when you search shell dwellers.

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