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Old 12-16-2015, 02:34 PM   #1
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22 Gallon high African cichlids tank?

Hi everyone, I was looking at my pet smart website and was wondering if I could make my 22 high into a lake Malawi tank. I know it said on the website that you need 29 gallon minimum. But, could I do something like 2 bumblebees, 2 auratis, 2 Kennyi and 2 electric yellows or is this too many fish?

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Even a 29 is too small for almost all Malawi cichlids. The only African cichlids I would put in that size are small tanganyikans like shelldwellers.
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Agree with sini, and with the ones you selected they would tear each other apart in a few months. Bumblee hits 8" and is extremely aggressive, kenyi are very aggressive, auratus are very aggressive.... it would take a 55 to even consider those three options.
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Agree with sini, and with the ones you selected they would tear each other apart in a few months. Bumblee hits 8" and is extremely aggressive, kenyi are very aggressive, auratus are very aggressive.... it would take a 55 to even consider those three options.

Agreed, I'd even go so far as to say a 75 minimum, and the ratios would need to be bumped up to 1:3 (m:f) at minimum


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22 Gallon high African cichlids tank?

Ok... Would any African cichlid work? Unfortunately those where my favourite kinds
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Ok... Would any African cichlid work? Unfortunately those where my favourite kinds

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Tanganyikan shelldwellers. I have a colony of neolamprologus multifasciatus aka multies or banded shelldwellers in a 20 gallon high. You could do just about any of the shelldwellers in a 20 I think. I would do some research, find a kind you like, and find out what it needs.
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Im not an AC expert by any means, but would saulosi work? (dwarf mbuna)
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I don't know much but I think they would still need at least a 3 foot tank.
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Personally, I would go with tangs. The shelldwellers are probably your best bet. But If I were you, i'd do more research if I were you


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