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Old 06-07-2014, 11:29 AM   #1
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American cichlids

Hi I have a 180litre well planted tank and I want some American and South American cichlids. Which ones are best suited?? Thanks
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Old 06-07-2014, 11:34 AM   #2
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So that's roughly 47 U.S. gallons, give or take.

You can do a pair of German Blue or Gold rams, Bolivan rams, apistos of any variety, most of the Latacara species stay small enough.
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I quite like convicts and fire mouths too
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Tank is too small for such aggressive species. Also they get bigger than the dwarfs I mentioned.

I love firemouths and convicts myself, I've raised and bred them, but honestly, they are fish that need to be in large tanks.
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Do you think I'd be better going with Malawi? I prefer planted tanks to rocky which is why I was going more towards the American side
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They are also too aggressive and get too large for that size of a tank. You're talking fish that at adult size is around 4-6 inches. The dwarfs are about 3 inches. You need to take adult size into consideration when planning a tank. Also their aggression levels. I'm sorry, but the more you pack them into a small tank, the more problems you will have with water quality, health and general them killing each other.
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Any species in amatitlania (convicts), thorichthys (firemouths), or cryptoheros (convict-like) will do fine in a 180l tank. 47 gallons is a decent sized tank and can easily support fish up to 6 inches. A pair of one species of any of those species will do fine in that sized tank, along with some dithers (depending on said species).
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Would a pair of convicts and a pair of fire mouths be okay together. I know they are aggressive when breeding
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I honestly wouldn't suggest keeping them in that small of a tank. This is based on my experience with them both, convicts and firemouths.
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Not in a tank with a footprint less than 4 feet. I'd suggest looking more into those three genera that I listed earlier, especially the latter. Cryptoheros has many awesome species that don't get enough recognition
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