Hi everyone! I have decided to have a change and keep cichlids. I haven't had a lot of experience with cichlids so I thought I better ask so I don't mess anything up. I have decided to get a 60 gallon instead of a 40 gallon which was my initial plan, Now I just have 3 questions. 1) I have done research and found out that the bare minimum size is 30 gallons (seems like less to me) but the preferred is 50 gallons to allow movement for ground space. I was wondering if I could get a 60 gallon tank to put cichlids in. I understand it is also dependent on the species of cichlids you get as some require more space than other. I was thinking of getting yellow labs but if theres any other species you guys recommend I would love to hear. 2) My second question is, if I were to get a 60 gallon how many cichlids could I stock as a rough estimate. I would of course have strong filtration, a good temperature, cycled tank, plants and everything that are a necessities for a healthy fish. 3) I have a canister filter and I know for cichlid tanks as well as big tanks canisters are recommended. Truth fully though I am not the best with using them so I sort of wanted to stay away and get strong HOB filters instead maybe even put 2 to provide good filtration and an adequate flow rate. Do you think a HOB filter could work? Thanks for any help!