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Old 09-16-2008, 01:35 PM   #1
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Cichlids in a 25 gal?

The hubby and I just bought a 25 gal Ecplise aquarium last night with everything loaded in the hood. We are interested in maybe trying some cichlids, but several sites that I have looked have a wide variety of tank recommendations. We are experienced with saltwater, but haven't done freshwater in several years. Had some in a 15 gal in college but never really took good care of the tank. Want to get started right this time after learning expensively through our saltwater experiences.

Would cichlids do well in a 25 gal? If so, how many are recommended? If not, does anyone have any suggestions for something more advanced that just the average goldfish, tetras, danios, etc.

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Aside from dwarf cichlids such as rams, apistos, no cichlids should be in a 25 gal.
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In addition to some of the species already mentioned I would like to suggest some of the shell-dwelling cichlids from the African rift lakes. You can learn more about them at www.ShellDwellers.com. In addition, you can find some possible setups at Aquarium Quick Reference Resources - Cichlid Keeping.
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Old 09-16-2008, 05:23 PM   #4
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Dwarf cichlids and shellies are your best option. Another good reference for shellies: Desktop Cichlids: The Shell Dweller Recipe!
The recipes are not bomb proof, but it's a starting point!
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Angels are another cichlid that would but you'd probably only want a pair of them.
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Thanks for all the awesome suggestions. After some additional research from what everyone had on here, we decided to go with a combo of 2 gold rams, 2 blue apistos, and 2 small angels. Added some plants and drift wood for hiding and everything is looking pretty good. Will post some pictures soon when everyone gets settled in their new home.

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The tank isn't cycled and you aren't putting the fish in a different tank for the time being are you? I'm assuming NOT, so you will want to add a LOT of plants, especially fast growing ones to soak up nitrates. If you can't do that then you may need to add Prime to neutralize the ammonia/nitrites/nitrates. Buy yourself a master test kit. Aquarium Pharmaceuticals makes a good one and that is what most people use. You are also going to have to keep up on water changes. If you don't do water changes regularly (about 7 gallons every other day until your tank is cycled) your fish will live short lives. The rams will be the first to go and to show signs of bad water no doubt. Keep an eye on everyone and do what I suggested and you/the fish will be fine.
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Yeah, we kind of figured there was a cycle period but could not find solid times on cycling for freshwaters. Read everything from 24 hours to 4 weeks. (Have 90 gal salt so we are more familiar with that process). The tank was up and running without fish for about 4 days, but didn't add food or anything to get the cycle started. Planning to do the water changes as you suggested and already had the Master Testkit in hand to watch daily for the next several weeks. Figured we jumped the gun, but the hubby wanted to get some fish. Just a little more work and patience for the next few weeks until we are in the clear with the cycle.
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There's lots of cycling information on this site and articles as well. You may be looking at a 6+ week cycle because you may need to do PWC daily. The fish you stocked with are not hardy and may succumb to fluctuating water parameters.
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Okay..now I am feeling really bad and I should have known better after being a saltwater aquarist for the last 4 years. (slaps forehead) That impatience thing gets you in trouble every time . Had freshies back about 10 years ago but was in college and pretty careless. Never cycled (didn't even know about that then) but some how the fish always made it (probably due to hardiness). Going to keep a close eye and do PWC as needed and pray these little guys make it. Cross your fingers.... or fins.
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