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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.
 

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Blue rams or apistos?:)
 

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

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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.
 

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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
 

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dmullet7788 said:
i know what a ram is but what's a krib?
Kribs are african cics, rainbows are dwarf central americans.
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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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