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Hardy cichlids for a 40 gallon?
hI I have kept just about every other type of tropical except for cichlids. I have just bought a 40 gl tank and was wondering what cichlids would be ok for that tank that is hardy and I want more than two?
I had a 35gal tank with just a male and female convict... Needless to say now I have a lot of minature convicts...very fun to watch...
what about dwarf cichlids?
Something like rams or Some apistogrammas... just a thought. Some Lake Tangyanikan African cichlids you could do also. It just depends on what is available to you in your area, unless you buy online.
You can mix cichlids this is not not not not not a good idea and I only did it when I had to mix one african (who is now gone) with a JD and an oscar the reason they did not fight was because I removed all the caves and hiding spots. When I did get rid of the african and put some caves in the JD turned a bright bue and green so one don't mix cichlids and second have hiding spots
For african cichlids you need to have 5 plus in a tank any less and the smallest one will get bullied
Lastly large cichlids poop a lot and in large amounts water changes should be done twice a week changing 20 percent of the water and you will need at the minimum of about 5X tunrover ( a 40 gallon would need about 200 gallons per hour) if my math is right
Lastly for a 40 gallon I would say maybe 7 or 8 african cichlids.
Or maybe a pair of convicts.
Or one jack dempsey.
Maybe a pair of blood parrots.
Or about 10 angels
Also convicts and jack dempseys breed like crazy and are supper protective and good parents like I have heard of a pair of convicts chasing a 12 inch oscar to protects their fry. So if you do get a breeding pair of each have a plan for the fry
Ya, sorry I didn't specify. I didnt mean to mix the dwarf cichlids with the tangyanikans. That could of been a really messy situation!!
40gal. is not enough room for 10 angels. maybe 4, but certainly not 10.
what about firemouths and peacock cichlids? are they hardy and easy to keep?