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Old 07-04-2013, 08:31 PM   #1
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Hey AA, I have decided I want to have a cichlid tank again. I used to have a mixed 55 African tank but being in a one bed room apartment space is tight. I have room for a 30" tank and stand. Whether its 20 long or a 29 I am undecided if the 29 is worth it or will the upper column just always be empty. I know I want dwarf cichlids, but still want the vibrant color which has me veering away from shell dwellers. Just looking on everyone's input on what direction I should go!?!?

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Old 07-04-2013, 09:37 PM   #2
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Hey AA, I have decided I want to have a cichlid tank again. I used to have a mixed 55 African tank but being in a one bed room apartment space is tight. I have room for a 30" tank and stand. Whether its 20 long or a 29 I am undecided if the 29 is worth it or will the upper column just always be empty. I know I want dwarf cichlids, but still want the vibrant color which has me veering away from shell dwellers. Just looking on everyone's input on what direction I should go!?!?

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Petco is having their $/gal sale why not pick up a 40g tank and 29g is ok but only for a few
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:41 PM   #3
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I was there today and noticed that! My issue is I already have the stand that I used to have planted 20 long on, figured I would use the stand.


http://www.petco.com/product/119923/...ank-Stand.aspx

Pretty sure a 40 cannot work on this, maybe a 37? But I mean, that is just giving me height and not sure if I will gain much for a dwarf cichlid tank.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:49 PM   #4
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I was there today and noticed that! My issue is I already have the stand that I used to have planted 20 long on, figured I would use the stand.

http://www.petco.com/product/119923/...ank-Stand.aspx

Pretty sure a 40 cannot work on this, maybe a 37? But I mean, that is just giving me height and not sure if I will gain much for a dwarf cichlid tank.
Then I would stay 20L and go dwarf if your worried about dead space.
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Old 07-04-2013, 09:56 PM   #5
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That's what I was thinking. What stock do you think would work best for me? I did a peacock tank before, so I am new to the dwarf side of things
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:05 PM   #6
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That's what I was thinking. What stock do you think would work best for me? I did a peacock tank before, so I am new to the dwarf side of things
I'm not a dwarf guy either lol ill wait for a veteran to chime in
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:24 PM   #7
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im not an expert but my favorite smallish cichlid is the apistogramma cacatuoides they are beautiful and get about 3 inches
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:32 PM   #8
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im not an expert but my favorite smallish cichlid is the apistogramma cacatuoides they are beautiful and get about 3 inches
Good, I was gonna say apistos or rams but I didn't wanna sound stupid lol
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:58 PM   #9
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Dwarfs are great! I have a blue ram pair in a 36 with a school of tetras and some otocinclus. Love it! They're little goofballs!im tempted to do an apisto pair in there too. Petsmart just started stocking double red apistos!
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Apistos look great! If I went that route how many would you recommend? Starting with a brand new setup. What other dwarf cichlids could be an option for this setup? I appreciate any of the info, brand new to these guys.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:28 AM   #11
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I'd just do a pair try for a male and a female. You may be ok to do a pair of them and a pair of blue, gold, or Bolivian rams but I haven't tried or done it yet so I don't know. You can do pair of dwarfs, a school of like 8 neon tetras, and like 3 pepper or juli Cory's. will be nice looking and active tank.
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:30 AM   #12
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And if same footprint I'd do the 29. Tetras swim in top half. I can't upload more pics till I pay to join or I'd show you mine. If you want pm me your email and ill send a poc
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:37 AM   #13
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That does sound like quite the active tank with most columns filled. Has anyone had any experience with the mini lake tang species? I was looking at some of the cookie cutters here :
http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...cutter_20g.php
What do you think?
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Old 07-05-2013, 12:52 AM   #14
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I was reading an old thread about 'Maltis" and those little buggers seemed cool. Maybe I should not count out shell dwellers, I like that I could fit a good handful of them in this tank.
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I have multies and LOVE them! They don't have the super bright colors, but they do have lots of attitude! I have 12 of them in a 20L.
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I have multies and LOVE them! They don't have the super bright colors, but they do have lots of attitude! I have 12 of them in a 20L.
Nice! Put some pics if u can!!! I'm thinkin of doing my 3rd tank with them!
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I only hear great things about these fish. Pics would be great to see a setup example for them! Do they breed often? If so, do you just leave them in the main tank?
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I am in the middle of redoing their home, and will post pics as soon as it's done. When I got them they only had shells in the tank, and now I am doing a bunch of rock work as well. They seem to breed constantly lol. They are a colony fish so they welcome several generations of fry, and I won't have to thin out the group for a long long time. Pics coming soon...
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Ok . Nice. Sent pics to your email southpaw!
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Ok . Nice. Sent pics to your email southpaw!
Email? Boo I wanna see em! Lol
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