Cichlid in 34 gallon fish tank

Bullydogs77

Hello, I am going to buy a 34gallon, so I would like to know which African cichlids I could put in it. I would like to have some aggressive ones.
Thanks
 

airfix2

i have no experience keeping cichlids, but ive heard shelldwellers are good for tanks this size. they are very small and like the name says, they live in shells. i have also heard they are very entertaining. i hope this information is helpful to you.
 

SparkyJones

none are really aggressive but they all are aggressive in their own ways. you are really limited by the tank size to what you could feasibly keep.you can't have a bunch of fish that will get 6-10" as adults in there.
2-3" range
Neolamprologus brichardi
Neolamprologus leleupi
lamprologus signatus
Neolamprologus brevis
lamprologus ocellatus
Kribensis (yes, it's a cichlid from africa!)


3-4" range
Demasoni
tropheus duboisi

I can't think of any more but everyone else gets 6" and bigger and not a good fit for 34 gallons unless you just want to keep one or two fish.

These smaller guys you can keep a few- handful or more of in the 34g, or a couple on the 3-4" range instead. anything else will get crowded and bad when they grow up. I'm sure there's a few more in the 3-4" range I can't think of that I missed.
 

airfix2

you could probably keep some yellow labidochromis in there, but i have no experience with them some i don´t really know and am guessing from internet research and a friend who told me ¨you can put 3 labidochromis in a standard 20 gallon¨.
 

Bwood22

Most of your traditional "African Cichlids" (mbuna, Peacocks and Haps) are going to be way too big and require a much larger tank footprint (4ft minimum) that what you will have with 34 gallons.

Putting aggressive African cichlids in a 34 gallon tank is going to create a disaster. You will end up with a bully and the rest will get bullied.....to death. Yes, they will stress out, stop eating, hide....and then die....if the bully doesn't attack and kill them first.

If you want cool Africans in 34 gallons i would stick with shell dwellers only.
 

WRWAquarium

What about african butterly cichlids? Only a few inches, quite peaceful and sociable. Breeding pair could be an issue but same with any cichlids.

Does it have to be African cichlids? Rams, apistogrammas are more suitable. I've even heard convicts can work in a tank your size. Basically look at South/Central American too.
 

TClare

What about a pair of Julidochromis ornatus? But really whether you go for Africans (rift lake) or South Americans would depend mainly on you water parameters. Hard water with high pH - rift lake or Central American. Soft water neutral or low pH South American or kribensis or African butterfly cichlid..
 

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