Cichlids For 40 Gallon Tall Aquarium?

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  1. thomas vanderdonckt

    thomas vanderdoncktNew MemberMember

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    I just set up a 40 gallon tall aquarium.
    I would like to put cichlids in the tank.
    I’m wondering which ones are a good selection for long term?

    I’m looking for COLOR in my fish also
     
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    Electric yellow Labs are always great and normally less agressive with a beautiful bright yellow coloring
     
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    If you want variety, go with African cichlids. I have a 75gal with 20 of em. If you get South or Central American cichlids you can only have one or two because of the size they get.
     
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    What are the tank dimensions?

    Tall tanks can be great for angels, but we really need tank dimensions first. Water parameters would help also.

    I would not put african cichlids in a tall tank.
     
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    I recommend a electric blue acara, they have so much color and they are not the meanest so you can have some more fish with them i have one in my 55g community tank and absolutely love him. He always seems to know when Im by the tank and follows my finger alot its pretty cool.
     
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    Tall tanks allow for the amount of rockscaping needed with africans. I honestly think a tall is better for them than a long or they're at least equal.
    If you want color get peacocks, they're brighter than yellow labs/electric yellows, and they are the most peaceful.
     
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    I would only recommend mbuna or peacocks for a 4 foot tank and up (55 gallon plus). There is plenty of room for rocks in those and more room to escape pursuers.

    I have no idea what the dimensions of this tank are. For all I know it could be just 2 feet long.
     
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    Thank you! Everyone!

    It a Marineland 38 gallon bow front tank

    It a 38 gallom Marinland Bow fromt
     
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    32.2"Wide x 17.12" Long x 25.7" High
    That would be big enough for sure
     
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    This is a single species setup of Pseudotropheus Saulosi in a 29 gallon. Males are blue, females yellow. Not as aggressive, so you should be able to keep more than one male. Do not mistake them with Pseudotropheus Lombardoi (Kenyi) which are much more aggressive.



    Other options may be an angel or ram cichlids.
     

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    What's the difference between them and kenyi's if you don't mind me asking? Is the the inverted mature colors and the lack of stripes on the females?
     
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    It's also temperament. They're a lot more aggressive than Saulosi and Kenyi males can go psycho and you wouldn't be able to keep it with anything including females. The males also don't tolerate other males in the tank.

    I've heard too many stories of a kenyi killing off all tank mates to ever recommend them. I'm sure there's some that are not bad, but why take the risk.
     
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    I learned that the hard way; sold the entire stock a week ago
     
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    Cichlid-forum helped me a lot when I was planning my mbuna tank.

    It bugs, me when I see mainly the more aggressive cichlids in big box stores. Yellow labs being about the only exception.

    I hope the person you sold the kenyi to knows what he's getting into lol.
     
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    4 of the survivors went to the ex aquatics specialist at petco; he has a 125g tank with more caves than i could count. The rest were put up for adoption at a family owned fish store.
    Anyway, sorry for the slight hijacking @thomas vanderdonckt let's get back on topic
     
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    A pair of Angels and pair of German rams could be comfortably housed in a 40 tall IMO.
     
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