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Old 07-04-2011, 12:02 PM   #1
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Am toying with a cichlid tank...help please

After much discussion with the other half we have decided to get another tank (I already have a 100l community planted tank).. Am planning on getting a 210l (90cm would be maximum width we could fit in unfortunately ) and was toying with setting up for cichlids as it would be nice to have 2 very different tanks...

Was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as what fish would be good for this size tank - would like a bright colourful tank if possible and more statement fish rather than shoals - is this possible? Have heard so much conflicting advice my head is spinning !

So basically was just wondering what you guys would do so I can hopefully get some inspiration

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Old 07-04-2011, 12:19 PM   #2
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I'm very much a "the new guy" myself so keep that in mind....
I like South African cichlids and I think for that size tank (US 55) you would probably be better off with mbuna since I believe they are smaller than peacocks/haps.

Cichlids come from different countries and cant be mixed. For example South Africa has three lakes that they come from and each has its own unique environment.

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Cheers for that - yep understood that can't keep cichlids from different areas together - just not sure whether to stick to one area or maybe do a larger community with more robust fish and either a pair of apistos or rams....

Still it's nice to have options...

Were even considering a marine tank but all seems a bit scary lol
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I am also a new guy but have learned a lot from this site. If you did south a big south American or central American fish you could only have one. i would personally not do apistos for a US 55 they can be kept in a pair in a US 29.if any check out the Africans the color is great, personality great and they are very active fish that differ in size.

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Yep quite liked the Africans as well - just not sure what would mix and how many etc...

Have seen some lovely cichlid tanks and I love the idea of their different personalities...
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im not sure on how many but im sure some one will answer your questions to lower aggression you would have to stock the one specie 1m:4f and i believe you will be able to choose a couple of species. make sure you do your home work before choosing a specie. good luck.
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Yep quite liked the Africans as well - just not sure what would mix and how many etc...

Have seen some lovely cichlid tanks and I love the idea of their different personalities...
Heres a quick guide of species selection by tank size, this is a great forum but those guys in the African section know it all.

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