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  1. Default Looking for possible cichlid.

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    I am trying to find fish for my 55g 4ft, and am looking for slightly aggressive fish. It will have lots of driftwood and rocks so I'm not worried about bottom feeder aggression, just fish that will get along with others.

    Lets get to the point, I'm looking for the nicest (and hopefully kinda pretty) cichlid that gets to 5" or 6"(3 or 4 preferably) maximum, since I don't want it to be too big for the tank. If it is a breeder, I'm perfectly fine, ill give them to the local petsmart. I know cichlids don't do good with gouramis, and I was hoping to fit 2 dwarf, but if it is a good cichlid that can get along with other tropical fish, like killies, swordtails, or other slight aggressive fish, it's fine with me. I would really like to have at least 2 species, maybe 3, since it will be my largest indoor tank.

    If you do know a even better fish like what I described, ill consider, but I don't want anything that is mean to bottom feeders, since I'm basing the tank off of zebra loaches.

    Thanks you to everyone to helps.

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    Blue acaras are a good choice, but a 5 inch cichlid will probably eat smaller fish.
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    Maybe a couple Kribensis? I think they get about 4 inches
    Tanks: 30 gal community and 10 gal shrimp/community
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    I've kept chanchitos with zebra loaches for a while. Right at the size you want, and they are rather docile.

    I know my petsmart does not take privately bred fish - they buy from their suppliers. are you sure yours will?

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    @jaysee: If they don't, one person that lives near owns a 55g cichlid tank and they give the babies to a breeder when they breed, and im sure they would accept them. I have plenty of options, this isn't much of a worry. It would be cool to see them breed anyway, don't ciclids put the eggs in their mouth to protect them?

    I'm currently looking through the suggestions, I will reply when I find the one I like.

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    Why not a Keyhole Cichlid or possible a Festivum? Both species top out at around 4 - 6" if I'm not mistaken. They're both gorgeous, community safe fish. I'm not sure about the Keyhole but I'm positive the Festivum is safe with smaller schooling fish. I'm actually planning on getting on for my future 55 gallon aquarium. Just an fyi both species do get more aggressive with spawning so its easier to get a single fish. However this may be harder with the Keyhole as I think it does better in groups.

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    I liked the kribensis the most, they are nice and 3-4 max. Could 3 of these do good with 2 dwarf gouramis? I am also considering killies(4 if it is a good enough school) 1 of each barb (4 total), maybe 2 swordtails, or any other suggestion. If the tank was planted well with plenty of hiding places, could these fish possibly work? That would be 15 fish total, (not including bottom feeders)

    I know that most likely wont work, but there is still other options, please tell if it would or wouldn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loller View Post
    don't ciclids put the eggs in their mouth to protect them?.
    Some are mouth brooders, some dig a pit in the sand, some lay them on a rock while others lay them in a cave. It really depends on the species.

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    If you can get dwarf chain loaches for $8, that's a fantastic price. They are normally twice that.
    125 - BGK, pictus cats, silver dollars, kissing gouramis, palmas bichir, delhezi bichir
    125 - Red severum, bolivian rams, Turquoise rainbows, irian red rainbows, loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, pearl gouramis
    90 - Congo tetras, african knife, elephant nose, spotted ctenopoma, upside down cats

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    @tall: Ill go 8 zebra, but I would like a pair of cichlids to breed like in jaysee's tank. If flag cichlids won't work, the chanchitos seem good. As long as I can fit a good fish variety, 16 tiger barbs is good. I don't know about plecos yet, but I want it to be a pretty/unique kind because twig catfish isn't an option. Maybe vampire plecos.

    Currently looking for the killies I saw. List so far:

    6-8 zebras(6 if it will leave more room)
    2 ? Plecos
    16 tiger barbs
    3 swordtails
    2 ? Cichlids

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