29 Gallon Cichlid Tank

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by Nichole Bearden, Apr 8, 2017.

  1. Nichole Bearden New Member Member

    What is the best substrate for a 29 gallon cichlid tank, with an undergravel filter and 2 power heads?
    What would be the best plants for cichlids?
    And anything else that would be good for a cichlid tank please?

  2. Ed204 Well Known Member Member

    Hi there,
    What cichlids are you going to add? Africans or Americans? Africans in general should have an aquascape of all rock, except the tanganikan shell dwellers who should have an aquascape of multiple shells.

    American cichlids on the other hand can have an aquascape of caves, driftwood, fake plants and anything else that would serve as a hiding spot.

    Both should have a substrate of sand IMO.

    Cichlids don't really do well with plants, but it depends what kind you are talking about. African cichlids and bigger American cichlids don't do well with plants because the plants won't survive with the Africans and the American cichlids will eat them or uproot them. But if you're talking about fish like Kribensis (African), Apistograma (American), FireMouth (American), KeyHole (American), Angelfish (American) and some other decently sized cichlids they should do fine with plants.
  3. Nichole Bearden New Member Member

    We haven't decided yet on what kind we want. My husband is thinking all cichlids from one area. We want extremely colorful, but haven't decided on what region.
  4. Ed204 Well Known Member Member

    Hmm Okay. You're tank is only a 29 gallon so I don't think you could do any Mbuna Cichlids. How about you do one of the dwarf American cichlids like an Apistogramma? And then you could have a school of colorful fish in with him or or her.
    Neon Tetras perhaps?
  5. vikingkirken Well Known Member Member

    Is there a reason you're using an undergravel filter? They are a pain IME. I'd recommend choosing a hang-on-back instead. If you're set on the undergravel one, you will need to use gravel, not sand, for your substrate.
  6. Nichole Bearden New Member Member

    It's my husbands tank and he is set on the undergravel system, trust me I have tried.
    Thank you so much for the info.