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Posted 18 March 2004 - 01:34 PM

I am starting a 20 gallon cichlid tank. WHat fish should i get? How many?

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#2 knoxvillecichlids

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Posted 31 March 2004 - 10:08 AM

It depends on your caves & the size of the fish..
What types of cichlids are you looking at?

I would say in a 20 Gallon you should only put 3 - 4 cichlids that will grow no more than 5 inches.

You can add 8 - 10 dwarfs that will grow no more than 3 inches. They are more content with smaller spaces.

You can add 10+ small cichlids if you plan to get them a bigger tank as they grow.

I have 21 cichlids in 2 tanks
55 Gallon has 6 africian cichlids up to 4 inches.
29 Gallon has 15 african cichlids up to 2 inches.
10 gallon - Planning on adding 6 dwarfs

Here is a picture of my 29 Gallon Tank..It is close to your 20 Gallon Tank :D

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Posted 16 April 2004 - 05:49 PM

Can you get shell dwellers at Petsmart?

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Posted 20 April 2004 - 06:39 AM

I have never seen shelldwellers at PetSmart. Better luck ordering them through your lfs. Where are you located?

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Posted 31 May 2004 - 10:35 AM

I wouldnt buy fish from petsmart I have heard they raise they fry and fish in mixed ponds and you cannot guarentee they are purebred.. and from my experience of the petsmart down here... their employess have no knowledge of how to raise cichlids properly at all... out of the whole store only 1 employee even has cichlids and he raises midas cichlids.. and actually offered to give me some to mix in my malawi tank????? what a crock.. plus often times their fish are misslabeled..

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Posted 31 May 2004 - 10:36 AM

As for what to put in a small tank.. Rusty cichlids stay small and are very peaceful. but for a tang tank maybe some alto. sumbus and some shelldwellers nice mix.. that way.. :D

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Posted 31 May 2004 - 05:02 PM

20g is really pushing it with mbuna. I have some yellow labs in a 29g and its not going too well.

If I was going to do a 20g, I would do a tank of some kind of shellies or a pair or smaller Julies or Chalinochromis brichardi.

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 07:29 PM

i have a 20 gal also and i have a red devil that is an awsome fish have ,however they are very aggressive when challenged , an tiger stripe oscar also a neat fish to own very fun to watch eat and again aggressive to other fish , 2 red belly pacu that are cousins to the parahna that are said to be vegataryian however mine eat comets, a jack dempeys that is the king of the tank he is 8" and very mean and will take a large bite of any fish small or slow , i also have a black convict that is extremly skiddish and shy but can be aggressive at times but usually calm, and a snow ball pleco that just chills


i have plans to change to a 125 gallon tank with many red devils and oscars
that will be a fun but expensive

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Posted 31 March 2005 - 09:02 PM

Please don't take my reply the wrong way if I am incorrect.

Are you some kind of troll? This certainly seems like a post meant soley to set an educated person off on a tangent about proper stocking levels, territory, bio loads, and ethical treatment of pets while you sit at home and snicker. You've written out a stocking list that is so incorrect and blatantly problematic I have problems believing its true.

If that is indeed your tank, you should be advised that you are overstocked for a 120g let alone a 20g. All of your fish require a tank of at least 55g to be healthy except the Convict who would be a good canidate for the 20g....by himeself. Some of the fish, (like the Pacus) require even larger tanks than that. To throw it into perspective-one Oscar would do well in a 70g tank by themselves or perhaps with a Pleco, two Oscars in a 90g.

If this truely is your tank, I know everyone would be a happy to give some advice and provide you with some links to the appropriate information.

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Posted 08 April 2005 - 07:48 AM

Andy,

Try and get some Multi's...they are a shell dweller good for a 20gallon tank. I have never kept them, so I don't know much other than people like keeping them in a small tank in groups of 10-12 working the best.


2 red belly pacu that are cousins to the parahna that are said to be vegataryian however mine eat comets


Will

Pacu's are vegitarian.

in case you havn't noticed, fish aren't very smart. They are also what is known as "opportunistic eaters". That means that they eat what ever they can put in their mouth. They don't have the ability to pick and choose what to eat for dinner in a tank. But they do make that choice in the wild. Pacus get huge, but it takes them a lot longer to get that big in the wild because they eat plants, not fish.

I could say "my Acei's are vegetarian, but they eat all the shrimp I put in the tank."

The difference between the veggie eating Acei's and the Pacu's is the Pacu's ability to digest high amounts of protein that the Acei's can not.

Just because a fish eats meat in a tank, doesn't mean that it is a carnivore naturally.

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Posted 23 April 2005 - 03:08 PM

I am starting a 20 gallon cichlid tank.  WHat fish should i get?  How many?

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I started with yellow labs, easy to find, hearty, and active.




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