Convict Cichlid alone in 20 gallon?

Fishk

I have a 20 gallon long and was wondering if I could keep 1 convict Cichlid by itself in this tank size I see a lot of people say they will do good in this tank but they might not so I'm just wondering what you guys think.
 

Spudsssy

I would only keep smaller cichlids in 20gal (Rams and apistogramma for example). Full-grown convict would be more comfortable in 40gal.

Iv kept convicts in 211gal and trust me they use the swimming space when they want to.
 
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Redshark1

Its a relatively large and intelligent fish and will need an appropriate environment to explore and forage in.

I'd regard a 20 gallon as a prison cell for such a fish.

Basically, its needs would not be met.
 
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PitConvict

I have a 20 gallon long and was wondering if I could keep 1 convict Cichlid by itself in this tank size I see a lot of people say they will do good in this tank but they might not so I'm just wondering what you guys think.

20' Gallons is plenty for a single convict. I had multiple convicts in a 20 long. You could add a Pleco in there easily too.
 
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Convictlover

I have one male convict + bristlenose in a 65L.
 
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Azedenkae

I have a 20 gallon long and was wondering if I could keep 1 convict Cichlid by itself in this tank size I see a lot of people say they will do good in this tank but they might not so I'm just wondering what you guys think.
One can do great in a 20 gallon. I mean one could argue a bigger tank would allow it to do even better, but then again that applies to every fish. Sure bigger tank sizes can be better, but does not mean a smaller tank size is bad. And 20 gallon is definitely not bad for a convict cichlid.
 
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