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Old 07-06-2014, 08:40 PM   #1
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Which tank would be better for cichlids?

Clear for life has two 55 gallon tanks,
One is 36L x 15W x 24H
The other is 48L x 13W x 20H

Which one would be better for cichlids?
I'd like to have cichlids that grow up to about 5" long.
I prefer the 36x15x24 because I can put it next to my desk.
Would that tank be OK?

Other than these,
What tanks do you guys recommend for cichlids?
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Old 07-06-2014, 09:39 PM   #2
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I think the 36x15x24 would work best. It has a larger footprint, more room to turn and swim and does what you want it to do- fit on your desk.


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For cichlids you want to go longer...48' would be best so that they have more room for territories


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Op was looking for fish of at least 5in.. Do is territory one of the only reasons for the 48 inch? I'm just curious


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If you're looking for african cichlids then I would go for the 48"as well. The longer the better.


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Depends on what cichlids you want to keep, but usually wider is better than longer.
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48" for sure. You'll have territory issues in a shorter tank more than likely


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Old 07-07-2014, 03:40 PM   #8
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+1 48" is a must, what the other guy said about a larger footprint is true. But that's in the case of a 75, or 90 tall. 48" is the right answer.


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I've seen posts from folks on several cichlid forums who keep Malawi peacocks and mbuna in 40 breeders. Generally speaking if the fish will work in a 48"x12" they'll probably do just as well in a 36"x18". Some species just need more room, and a 48"x18" is the minimum size necessary, but it depends on which fish you're considering.
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Length and width are more important than height, so the 48" is a better choice


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