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Old 09-30-2011, 12:44 PM   #1
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20 gal long rebuild

So I've finished my 55 gal (for the moment) and now I'm looking to rebuild the 20 gal long that I inherited from my girlfriend when we moved in together. It's full of plastic plants and resin ornaments some zebra damios, white cloud mountain minows and a hillstream loach. I'm planning on moving these to an empty 50 litre. (not sure what that is in gallons)
I intend to plant the 20g low to med light.
So a few questions..
1. If I move the filter from the 20g with the fish can I avoid a long cycling process.
2. Would a canister filter be overkill on a 20g, if not what gph should I be looking for.
3. Will the 20g be a good size for a pair of cichlids (possibly convicts) or should I go for a dwarf variety.

Can any one help me out here.
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50 litre = 13 gallons (US)
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Old 09-30-2011, 01:26 PM   #3
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20 would be to small for convicts, I believe you can only have dwarf cichlids. I know GBR can go in there, Kribs, Peacocks.
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I thought that might be the case, I was hopeful I could get away with just a pair. Looks like I will have to go hunting round the LFS's for some dwarf species.

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Old 09-30-2011, 01:37 PM   #5
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Yeah you can have a pair in there, some get territorial during breeding so you have to account for that too.
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