New 29 gallon tank
This month I bought a 29 gallon tank, and I'd like to add cichlids to it
I've heard that crowding the tank a bit will help diffuse aggression among multiple fish, so I'm hoping I can get away with about nine or twelve fish (reaching about 5-6" as adults). I've also heard that I should ignore the inch per gallon rule for aggressive fish, as they require more space than typical community fish. What's the consensus regarding stocking cichlids?
Also, any suggestion regarding some fish combinations? My tank is decorated with a solid blue background and some grey and brown stones. I have three yellow labs in there right now, and they look beautiful. What else would work together and stand out agains the background?