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Old 07-22-2016, 07:20 PM   #1
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Any cichlids that would fit in a 15g?

Hey all, I have an Aqueon 15g tall that currently houses a betta. I was thinking of moving her to a little 5g hex and putting a few cichlids in the 15g instead, however I'm not very familiar with them and would like some advice. Are there small cichlids that I could get say 3-5 of that would work in that small of a tank? Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-23-2016, 06:56 AM   #2
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German blue rams /Apistogrammas are great dwarf South American cichlids...
I breed and sell both.
Best advice would be a pair only for each[one or the other IMO for a 15g]...
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Really need an expert here. I had asked a similar question for a smaller tank and was told to check out the shell dwellers. Something I keep meaning to get back to as multi's came up for auction recently.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys, I'll definitely take a closer look at them

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Not many. In my experience (mostly reading) , GBR's and Apisto's would work. I've also heard shelldwellers, but know nothing about Africans.

If you're interested in cichlids, why not try to save money and wait to buy a bigger tank? If you get a 55g, options definitely open up
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Not many. In my experience (mostly reading) , GBR's and Apisto's would work. I've also heard shelldwellers, but know nothing about Africans.

If you're interested in cichlids, why not try to save money and wait to buy a bigger tank? If you get a 55g, options definitely open up
It doesn't necessarily have to be cichlids, I was just considering them as a possibility if there were those small enough to fit comfortably in that small of a tank. The tank is on my wife's desk and she is wanting a small shoal of fish to replace the betta. I may end up going with a group of barbs or something semi-aggressive.

As for the bigger tank suggestion, I'm already maintaining 4 separate tanks - a 240g fresh community, 75g soon-to-be marine, the 15g and a 5g. I don't really want to add a 5th to the mix at this point. I do appreciate the feed back, however.
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Honestly shell dwelling tangyanikan cichlids sound pretty good for this tank, multis specifically. No Malawi or south/central though other than apistos or Rams which may work.

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If you want to be able to keep a small group of cichlids, get multis or brevis. I have brevis in my 10 gallon and they just won't stop breeding.


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If you want to be able to keep a small group of cichlids, get multis or brevis. I have brevis in my 10 gallon and they just won't stop breeding.
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Wow that's cool. Good thread I love a cichlid or two, and I only have a 10g.. Trying to save up for a bigger tank tho. My guppies seem happy in the tank


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If you can add an extra couple of inches and 5 more gallons, a 20 long would be so much better for a couple of small cichlids. Rams can work and there are some small Africans as well that can work.

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