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Old 08-29-2014, 01:49 PM   #1
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Ok, I went for it. I dismantled my community tank & set up my first cichlid tank

4 yellow lab
3 blue with yellow tail
3 blue on blue stripe
2 rust colour


My tank is only a 70L jewel. I thought it was really over stocked, but the LFS advised this amount to avoid aggression and so far there has been no fights. I also put in a new eheim 250 external filter, in addition to the standard jewel filter.

The problem is I think it's a bit bare, considering I took most of the live plants out, as I read they would Be destroyed

I don't want to put a lot more rocks in as it displaces water

Any suggestions? I changed the background to the blue as I thought the rock background made the whole thing too pale.

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Old 08-29-2014, 02:01 PM   #2
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70L is WAY TOO SMALL for any Cichlid...

You'd best be moving them to a 240L at some point in the future.


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Old 08-29-2014, 02:05 PM   #3
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I wasn't sure if my tank was ok for cichlids, but the LFS said it was ok as long as I put in an extra ext. filter

Should have asked here first!


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Old 08-29-2014, 02:14 PM   #4
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That tank is too small for any of those fish. At adult size your fish will be 4-6" (12-16cm) depending on the species. You need to rethink your plans. There are many cichlid species that stay smaller and would do much better in your tank.

The first one is a johanni
Second is a sunshine peacock
Third is a yellow tail acei.

Saying 70L is way to small for any cichlid is inaccurate and over exaggerated. The ones you have on the other hand are no good for that tank.
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I had almost the same kind of fish about 14 of them for a couple of years in a 240L and I thought I was overcrowded!
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Old 08-29-2014, 02:22 PM   #6
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I feel really bad now

I Knew what I was at with my community tank, but told the LFS I don't know much about cichlids. I let them guide me

They told me these fish would be ok if I got an ext. filter

I'll have to bring the fish back, but I don't think they have any other types cichlids


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Find out what they have and post it, I will help you find some well suited cichlids for your tank. Your tank is plenty big for a pair or trio of any dwarf cichlid species.
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Thanks I really appreciate your help

So 3 dwarf cichlids would be My max?
Would 3 not fight?


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It depends on the species. Some species can get along with multiple fish, others do best in pairs. You can always add a school of neon tetras with dwarfs. Gives you a nice active tank at all levels.
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I have a confession-
when I was switching over from community to cichlid tank, I gave most of the community to LFS on the same day that I was getting the cichlids.

That left my old neon tetra in the tank with the new cichlids overnight. The next day when I went to give the neons a to a friend who wanted them, they had all gone. I first thought they were hiding, as they're was a trace if them. But no, the cichlids had eaten them all.

I felt soooo bad about that. Actually felt a bit sick. Its the only disaster I've had since I started my aquarium a year ago.

I knew cichlids were aggressive, but I never realised they were that aggressive

So I don't think I'll be risking keeping tetras with even dwarf cichlids !!



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