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Old 09-13-2017, 01:39 PM   #1
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New to cichlids

So I'm moving in December to a newly built house. I want to completely tear my tank down from a heavily planted garden to a cichlid tank.

What are the best cichlids for a 46 bowfront tank?
My pH usually sits between 7 and 7.5
I got my sand and rocks and some ideas there but have no idea what cichlids I could keep. I don't want angelfish and I know I can't keep discus. I prefer to have a bunch of smaller ones than a couple bigger ones.

Any idea on which livestock I could roll with? Any combinations to avoid?
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Also, I'm not looking to breed them. I don't have enough hours in the day to care for fry and not enough tanks to separate them.
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Old 09-13-2017, 01:45 PM   #3
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You could do 8- 10 Bolivian rams and a big shoal of tetras and corys
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I've had rams with very little success where I'm at. Petco and Petsmart are the only places that carry them. My LFS doesn't deal with rams anymore. So getting reliable rams is hard. I currently have Tetras and Cories. I was looking for a all cichlid tank.
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Africans?
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Yeah, I guess Africans lol. I like the look of the apistos and Kribs. They seem to be the smaller of some of the ones I've seen. Like I said, I'm completely new to cichlids besides angels and rams. I never wanted to dive into them until now, so it's like explaining it to somebody who has never had a tank before.
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The labidochromis look amazing as well
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Apisto are sa/.ca. kribs are Africans. Not sure you'd want to keep them together. I'm not all that into Africans so I can't really offer much advice. I do know you really should have a 4 ft tank with most Africans. Wait until someone else comes along. Pm tmrcexotics, he's an African guy.
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Awesome thanks brookstore. What about non African cichlids? Is there a wide variety?
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