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Old 12-12-2012, 12:55 AM   #1
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I want to have a fish tank near/on my desk at work, and I'm looking for some cichlid suggestions.

I want a fish with a big aggressive 'alpha' personality, who can recognize me and beg for food, and who can live in 'the smallest tank possible'. The tank will be purchased for the ONE (or pair if needed) fish.

I'm a recovering discus addict (not really recovering; I still have 10 adults)... So although I can handle the complex fish, a hardier fish for the office is preferable. I can not keep a fish that requires greater than 40g.

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Old 12-12-2012, 02:00 AM   #2
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We need to know the size of the tank in order or answer.
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Old 12-12-2012, 10:47 AM   #3
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I need to know the fish before I can choose a tank. Smaller is better; under 40g.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:08 AM   #4
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What size tank limitations does your work have?
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:09 AM   #5
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I need to stay smaller than 40g

Which cichlids require the least amount of space?


Edit: if you'd prefer, I can ask the question backwards:

Question 1: If I buy a 5g tank, which cichlids can survive?
Question 2: If I buy a 10g tank, which cichlids can survive?
Question 3: If I buy a 20g tank, which cichlids can survive?
Question 4: If I buy a 30g tank, which cichlids can survive?
Question 5: If I buy a 40g tank, which cichlids can survive?


This will be a species tank, there will be no other fish in there.
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Most fish with personalities tend to be larger Cichlids so generally need tanks of at least 55gallon in size. A lot of people will probably say Oscars have the most personality of all the Cichlids but they need at least 75 gallons.

There maybe some smaller Cichlids that have personality but I don't really know of any.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:27 AM   #7
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Honestly. Small Cichlids have just as much personality.

If you get a 10g, you can get some Multies (Shell Dwelling Cichlids). You can probably maintain a male with some females easy in that.

If you go 20g, get some Apistogramma. Beautiful little Cichlids with great personality. Of recommend those I love my Apistos.
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+1 to aspistos. If I was ever going to keep small cichlids with out a doubt it would be them.

Rams are another good choice and would work in 25-30g for a pair.
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30g-40g tank with a Cichlasoma grammodes aka mini-dovii. It is a slow grower, maybe an 1" a year.
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30g-40g tank with a Cichlasoma grammodes aka mini-dovii. It is a slow grower, maybe an 1" a year.
That's not entirely true, mine is growing at roughly 1/4" a month. And it's a female. I got her back in June or July and she's at 4". But yes for some time the gramm would be ok in a 40g. Mines in a 55 I doubt she will ever out grow that tank.

In one of the smaller tanks you could even do a female convict or fire mouth as a single fish tank.
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