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Old 06-25-2012, 11:26 AM   #1
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I just bought a 20 gallon tank. I'd love to make it a cichlid tank, but I'm not sure if it's large enough. I know I can do rams, (I love the rams in my 55), but I wanted to make this a "true" cichlid tank. Is this do-able? I don't want to over crowd the fish...

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By "true cichlid" what types do you mean? And 20g is very small when considering cichlids.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:42 AM   #3
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I just bought a 20 gallon tank. I'd love to make it a cichlid tank, but I'm not sure if it's large enough. I know I can do rams, (I love the rams in my 55), but I wanted to make this a "true" cichlid tank. Is this do-able? I don't want to over crowd the fish...

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The only thing I canthink to suggest for a twenty, is shellies. Very cool though. Google lake Tanganyika shell dwellers.
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I felt bad by writing "true" cichlids - didn't want to offend anybody... What I should have said was "African cichlids".... I've got a pair of Veiltale Rams in my community tank but I'd like to get some African cichlids. From what I've researched, they have different Ph requirements, etc... so I was hoping to house some small ones in my new 20 gallon... is that possible?
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The only " African cichlids" you'd be able to house in a 20 gal is the Tanganyika shell dwellers like someone states earlier. I would start off with two pairs or 8 juvies.
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Pelvicachromis pulcher or Hemichromis letournauxi gets my vote, both are african riverine cichlids.
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This is the best aquarium forum on the net. You guys rock...

Ok, here's my follow up question(s)...
Can I put a couple of shellies with one or two Pelvicachromis pulchers? I really like both fish, but would there be any combatability issues?

Also, why aren't there ever plants in a cichlid tank? I know they love rocks, but assuming you used the proper substrate (fine sand, from what I've read so far), and had adequate hardscaping, could I have cichlids in a planted tank?
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Ok, here's my follow up question(s)...
Can I put a couple of shellies with one or two Pelvicachromis pulchers? I really like both fish, but would there be any combatability issues?

Also, why aren't there ever plants in a cichlid tank? I know they love rocks, but assuming you used the proper substrate (fine sand, from what I've read so far), and had adequate hardscaping, could I have cichlids in a planted tank?
I'm not sure on compatability , but most cichlids will dig. A lot. So plants for most cichlid keepers isn't much of an option. You could always try it. I see lots of shell dweller tanks online that are planted.
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Pelvicachromis pulchers can be kept in pairs without tankmates due to aggression while spawning, if your looking at shellies in that sized tank I would do a species only set up for either.
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