I am getting a new 12 gal. tank and was wonder if I could get cichlids. If I can I was wondering if they r hard to keep and the maintnence required for them. also what food and tank set-up they would like.
A 12 gal. tank is not big enough for most cichlids, but it would be a good size for some of the shell dweller species. They are quite interesting fish, and would be a little more unique than most tanks that size. Here is a great link to give you some information on these interesting fish:
Neolamprologus BrichardI are beautiful fish who reach about 4 inches at maturity. They can also be a little aggressive and need plenty of room to claI'm territory. 12 gal. probably isn't big enough 3 but a pair might work. but personally I still like multis better. Their personalitys are so sweet.
your are probably right a 12 gallon might be to small for 3.if you had like a 20 or 29 that would be cool.when they pair off the other brichardI in the tank guard the entrance to the mating pair.a colony of them would be awesome!!!!!!.don't you think?