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Old 08-12-2005, 02:05 PM   #1
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tank size for south/central american cichlids

In an earlier post I indicated that I was looking at putting some south/central american cichlids in a 55 gallon tank? It has that 48X13X20 size. Would fish like severums prefer a taller tank like a 60 tall (48X13X24) or a wider, yet shorter and taller tank like a 65 (36X18X25)? I guess I'm comparing the 60 and 65 more than anything since there is little difference in actual gallonage. I imagine distance from potentially aggressive tankmates plays a role too. A 48" long tank seems a little better for being isolated or hiding than a 36". What say you?
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i would pick the wider yet shorter, fist because a river uselally means a shorter waterline , and also it give them more room to setupm territorys, and in that sence you can keep more i guess
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I would definitely go with the longer tank. This will give you a bigger footprint, which will matter more than height. I wouldn't guess that there would be much difference between the 55 and the 60, and I think either of those would be better than the 65.
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The only difference between the 55 and 60 is the height. The 55 is 20" tall and the 60 is 24" tall. I'm considering the 60" since the severum is kind of laterally compressed and may appreciate a deeper aquarium. I don't think that 5 gallons will help much with adding more fish when you are looking at larger cichlids.
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I would like to see what a 65 looks like b/c it has different proportions that many of the other tanks.
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