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Old 01-26-2013, 10:11 PM   #1
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Will a sponge filter in a 20 gallon be enough to support 8 cichlids from about 1.5-2.5 inches. Max size of cichlids ranges from 4-6 inches in adulthood.
1 Electric blue johanni
1 Electric yellow
1 acei
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:17 PM   #2
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Honestly, i think you're overstocked, with 5 red zebra's they will pair and mate/territorial and kill a lot of you're fish if it's breeding. I don't think a sponge filter would be enough for that amount of fish, unless you feed them once a day, and even there it wouldn't be enough.
I suggest getting an 100gph-200gph power filter for you're tank
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:20 PM   #3
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Honestly, i think you're overstocked, with 5 red zebra's they will pair and mate/territorial and kill a lot of you're fish if it's breeding. I don't think a sponge filter would be enough for that amount of fish, unless you feed them once a day, and even there it wouldn't be enough.
I suggest getting an 100gph-200gph power filter for you're tank
What if i added a fluval u2?
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:23 PM   #4
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Id recommend a Fluval U3, or U4, depending on the amount you feed you're fish. Even if it says 15-30 gallons, the thing is you need to look at the gph. The higher, the better. Since you have cichlids, they wont be that affected by the flow. I have a total of ~212 GPH in my 20 gallon tank, never bothered them.
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:40 PM   #5
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I honestly wouldnt go with a submersible.... Just go with a canister or sump..... My opinion do it right the first time. Not trying to be mean. You do whatever you want
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You'd be lucky if a 55 was big enough red zebras are pretty aggressive
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:53 PM   #7
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Totally agree. But often times a large sum of chiclids can live compacted in a bigger tank. But doesnt work the same for a smaller tank
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You'd be lucky if a 55 was big enough red zebras are pretty aggressive
Your supposed to overstock cichlid tanks to reduce aggression buddy.
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I honestly wouldnt go with a submersible.... Just go with a canister or sump..... My opinion do it right the first time. Not trying to be mean. You do whatever you want
Yea your right. So how many cichlids should i have in the 20 gallon with a sponge filter and a fluval u2?
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Not an expert. Prolly 2
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