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Hey everyone!
So I've had a 55 gallon tank set up for about 2 years now (ph-7.9ish, nitrates-5.0ppm, nitrites-0ppm, ammonia-0ppm) running a Fluval 406 and Fluval U4 that had about 5 rainbowfish, 1 BN Pleco, 2 juvenile clown loaches, 1Synodontis Angelicus, and 1 Elephantnose; usually do monthly 30% water changes. About a week ago my tank had a heater AND filter malfunction/tragedy while I was out of town causing my elephantnose and all rainbowfish to die... Now that I've taken care of that I'm looking to new opportunities among the vast world of cichlids!
This would be my first attempt at cichlids but I do know a bit about them. I do know that African cichlids (Lake Malawi,haven't decided on haps/peacocks or mbuna) are extremely hard to kill and usually look attractive so that's a win-win. But SA cichlids (no Discus plz) might give me a wider variety to choose from.
I would really like to throw in a Leopard Ctenopoma and a blood parrot (I'm aware with their philosophical issue with their existence in the hobby) if possible.
Thanks. :notworthy:
 

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Do you know what the hardness of your water is? For instance, my tap water's ph is 7.8 but hardness is about 4dkh, so rather soft. I keep south and central American cichlid which do fine in this water. I've not kept Africans which prefer harder water.

For a 55 you could do some of the dwarf SA cichlid such as rams or apistogrammas. Angelfish would be another good fit. I have kept a severum in my 55 but have since moved it to my 135. But a single severum with a group of cories or such would work. Other smaller cichlid to consider would be maybe a pair of firemouths, blue acara, or Rainbow cichlids.

If you like the Leopard Ctenopoma you could do one or maybe two in a nice planted tank with some larger tetras such as Congos.
 
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