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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 06-23-2013, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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New Cichlids Tank

I'm starting over in my 30L and I'm thinking I want to do some cichlids. What plants will go (if any) in a Cichlids tank? Also any suggestions on smaller ones since I like more fish than a few big ones?

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The family Cichlidae is an incredibly diverse group of fish, so diverse that you might as well be saying "I want to do some fish". There are representatives from South American, Central America, as well as Africa that you can add to a planted tank, all with their own requirements and considerations as far as husbandry and appropriate plants are concerned.
South American dwarfs work well across the board - in general you want to avoid anything big enough to start digging significant pits on your substrate or uproot/eat plants. Mbuna from Lake Malawi are out of the question...any large Central or South American cichlid - out of the question.
Angelfish are another popular one, but people also keep some of Africans such as lelupi, (Tanganyika) shell dwelling dwarfs, etc. I'd do some reading/research and come back when you have a more specific question and we can be of more help.
In short though, dwarfs, angelfish are the most common choices.
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Check out apistogramma cacatuoides, wonderful and inquisitive fish. They stay small and you can have as many plants in with them as you'd like.

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Ok thanks guys I knew it was a real general post. I talked to the LFS and said I wanted small fish, he showed me a few that would stay somewhat small I also asked the difference between South American and African, he said I fairly good difference in PH. So I'm assuming he was giving me acceptable breeds (never can tell). I'm going to do a little more homework, just wondering about suitable plants if any?

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It's not really an issue with the SA dwarf cichlids, pretty much any plants you want.
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It's not really an issue with the SA dwarf cichlids, pretty much any plants you want.
Agreed SA Dwarfs are a great choice and there are numerous choices for color shape size temperment etc


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Thanks guys! Exactly what I wanted to hear!!

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