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Old 02-18-2011, 03:09 PM   #1
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135 L (34 US gallons I think?!) tank...what can I have!?

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Just asked on here about what maintenance requirements etc I would need to consider if I changed to a Cichlid tank and was advised my tank is probably too small for most cichlids. Obviously quite disappointed as I was advised I could have a max 3 blue zebras in this tank by a few specialised aquatic shops. I feel like I can't trust any Aquatics shops these days!

Anyway, it was suggested that I get some shell dwellers but these don't appear to be overly exciting as I was looking at the more vibrant coloured breeds of cichlids.

Any suggestions?!

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Old 02-18-2011, 04:08 PM   #2
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Hi all

Just asked on here about what maintenance requirements etc I would need to consider if I changed to a Cichlid tank and was advised my tank is probably too small for most cichlids. Obviously quite disappointed as I was advised I could have a max 3 blue zebras in this tank by a few specialised aquatic shops. I feel like I can't trust any Aquatics shops these days!

Anyway, it was suggested that I get some shell dwellers but these don't appear to be overly exciting as I was looking at the more vibrant coloured breeds of cichlids.

Any suggestions?!

Thanks in advance!

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Hi Krissy,
There are a few Dwarf Cichlids you could look into, but even they need room to both move in and to section off their own territories.
I have a 55 gallon (sorry, no idea what that is in litres) Cichlid tank, 48"L x 13"W x 21"D. Which leaves a lot of space on the bottom to make caves and hiding places and it's barely big enough for them. A 75 gallon would have been a better choice. I found that out after I had purchased 2 55g tanks.
I agree with you about the colors you can get with the African Cichlids. But, before you buy any fish do some research on what kind you want. Which ones get along with each other. How easy are they to care for, in the beginning you want hardy, easy to care for fish. Make sure the fish you want need similar water parameters. Find out how big they get and what is the min tank size the fish need.
Try looking at www.liveaquaria.com ,they have pictures of what the fish look like and each picture comes with a list of what they require. They even have a section for FW Beginners. It has a list of easy care Fresh Water tropicals to start out with. You can get a lot of information so you don't get duped into getting in over your head by the LFS.
The more you know before you start the less money you'll end up spending and the fewer fish you'll kill by accident.
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Old 02-18-2011, 04:19 PM   #3
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Hi WendiDell

Thank you for the info! Very grateful! I've had FW tropical fish since April last year -and they have all been relatively easy to care for. I didn't choose any high maintenance breeds. I've so far had a paradise fish, dwarf gourami, neon tetras, Rasboras, zebra danios, mollies (had 15 babies!) They are all lovely BUT I just fancied a change.

I'm quite keen on the convict cichlid. I will have a good look on the site you have recommended.

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Convicts you could keep... as well as angels, rams, apistos, or keyholes... not all of them together of course.
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Convicts you could keep... as well as angels, rams, apistos, or keyholes... not all of them together of course.
Oh great! How many convicts would you suggest to keep at once?

How about Kribs? And also these were suggested on another site for a 30 gallon tank - Archocentrus sajica - never heard of them but have noticed they are more aggressive than Kribs? Can you shine any light on these?

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The convicts can have maybe 4, but you should get 3 females and 1 male then they will breed, but if you want something different the Kribs are awesome i love them and are really colourful. Also Rams are a great choice for a species tank (a tank with only one type of fish) because they are mostly docile and love to hide in caves and plants around the tank.
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I'm finding it really difficult to choose and some suggest one breed and say ok for 30 gallons and then other websites suggest min of 55gallons!

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I'm guessing the Kribs can't mix with the convicts?! Due to size and aggression from the convicts?!

Is there anything relatively colourful I could put in with the Kribs? If not, how many Kribs would you suggest?

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Hmmm just been doing some more homework on the Kribs.

Would they possibly live quite happily in my already established community?!

I have neon tetras, zebra danios, mollies and rasboras. I presumed that if I bought some Kribs then I would have to have a Cichlid only tank?!

I just read some info that suggested giving the Kribs some dithering fish such as tetras or danios to keep them entertained and active.

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Hmmm just been doing some more homework on the Kribs.

Would they possibly live quite happily in my already established community?!

I have neon tetras, zebra danios, mollies and rasboras. I presumed that if I bought some Kribs then I would have to have a Cichlid only tank?!

I just read some info that suggested giving the Kribs some dithering fish such as tetras or danios to keep them entertained and active.

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The Kribs are considered dwarf and are suppose to be peaceful. And they have a wide range of water parameters. Like a Ph of 6.0 to 8.0 and same with the water temp. So you won't need to worry getting them to acclimate to something different.
There is still the issue of having enough room. They should have 50g. You could try getting the Kribs but as they mature, they may get aggressive due to lack of territory space or they may be fine.
The other problem is that you can't get just 1 or 2. Cichlids like their harems, you need to get 3-4 females minimum to 1 male. With your other fish it makes it a bit full. And your back at possible aggression again.
Aggression with a Cichlid is shockingly violent and they do serious damage in the blink of an eye.
I'm going to attach a picture for you, to get an idea what I mean
Those teeth can take out another fish in one quick yank.
Don't get me wrong, I love my cichlids, they are beautiful and very entertaining. But with that comes some death to.
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