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Old 01-09-2003, 08:04 PM   #1
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Are there any cichlids that would fit comfortably in a 5.5 gallon planted tank? I was thinking more along the lines of a dwarf South American varieties like appistos or rams.

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Hmmm... My Gut feeling is no, as there would not be enough room for territory. They fit, however they would not be happy.

In a 5.5 Gallon tank you might want to consider other smaller fish (tetra's, oto's, pencilfish, rasbora's) or some invertebrates (snails, shrimp, etc)
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from my experience with dwarf cichlids I would not really recommend keeping any in that size tank.
I agree with GDominy a group of smaller fish would suit it much better.
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The smallest cichlid I can think of is Neolamprologus multifasciatus (2") and even they wouldn't be a good choice for a 5.5g. The SA/CA dwarfs are even larger.
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jonah, Neolamprogolus Multifascitus would not be happy in a planted tank. It lives in lake Tanganiyka in the eastern africa. It need hard water, ph should be 8-9. And it need shells, and i dont think it would look god in planted tank. I'm also sure that they would tear all the plants up.
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The smallest cichlid I can think of is Neolamprologus multifasciatus (2") and even they wouldn't be a good choice for a 5.5g. The SA/CA dwarfs are even larger.
Glud- I thought I pointed that out in my post. Perhaps I could have been more clear.

I have a colony of F0 adults and F1 fry in a 20g. They're little bulldozers when it comes to sand. I do have Anubias and java fern on a piece of wood and some hornwort in the tank. They've left them alone, but none of the plants are planted into the substrate.
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jonah, i have also kept a few plants with them. It was vallisneria, and they didnt tear it up. Also, i agree that they are bulldozers.
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