Want to get into cichlids

Discussion in 'Cichlids' started by Joel2036, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. Joel2036Valued MemberMember

    Hey everyone !
    I'm going to clear my betta out of my 20g and I was just wondering if any cichlids could fit in there ?
    My LFS owner said I could fit about 5 shell dwelling cichlids in there but I don't trust anything I hear from there anymore so I wanted to ask some proper fish keepers I can trust :)
    What would you recommend ?
  2. ZiggiWell Known MemberMember

    African or South American?
    African, yes Shellies'll do, but I dont know about 5. I have 2 in my 20L, may be adding a 3rd.
    South American you could do a pair of Rams (German Blue or gold) maybe a trio of Bolivians but dont hold me to that.

    Here's a general reference/cookie cutter/idea:


    Make sure you do research those options. I think its safer to stick with specie only for african, but you CAN do a mini-community if you do it right. :;dk I just dont know what the right options are! :p I think South American would be more flexible!
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2013
  3. Quinn_Lamb98Well Known MemberMember

    i would make a nice neolamprologus multifasciatus (commonly called multies). i am currently preparing for a 10 gallon multi tank and have reseived so many different population sizes for just a 10 gallon. you could probably have a nice sized colony in a 20 gallon.

    ziggi- you have 2 in a 20L? just making sure you know (not trying to be rude or snotty) Joel is talking about 20G/75.7L
  4. ZiggiWell Known MemberMember

    20 Gallon Long
  5. mmolitor87Well Known MemberMember

    I would be careful with the rams. You'll want to do a male and female if you do a pair in a 20g. Hopefully they like each other!

    A pair of Apistogramma trifasciata would be amazing......!! Good luck finding them, though. :(
  6. Quinn_Lamb98Well Known MemberMember

    oh... woops. silly me. never mind my comment then, lol.
  7. Disc61Well Known MemberMember

    a pair of Kribs (Kribensis) or Pelvicachromis pulcher would be nice for a 20gl. great fish

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