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  1. Exclamation What kinds of fish should I get???


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    I would like to either get a cichlid or community aquarium. What do think would be best? I already have a 15 gallon and know a sufficient amount about fishkeeping already, and was either going to get a 90 litre or 120 litre (120 for cichlids) as my new aquarium. For community or cichlid, what species and amounts of fish would you recommend?

    Please help if you can and thanks in advance!

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    Well can't really determine amount of fish until we determine which ones you want.

    Have you ever though about a pair of dwarf cichlids in a community tank? I feel like a 120 liter (i think roughly 30 gallon is too small to have a good cichlid tank)

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    If you are reffering to african rift lake cichlids, only a shell dweller type tank would work on a 30 gallon. Dwarf cichlids are another story. We need some kind of guidance on what you like at this point to further help.
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
    Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's

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    What kind of cichlids would be best for a 30 gallon?

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    As mentioned Shelleys, dwarves, or possibly a single angel are effectively your cichlid options & Because you are asking about cichlids [generally] for a 30G tank [ Insufficient real estate] this tells me you should probably go the community route.

    VERY generally you will have less sensitive and less aggressive fish this way and your learning curve will be less steep and more forgiving.

    While we could all suggest our favorites and then you could research to see if they are compatible with each other and [if so] subsequently available to you... this is the long way around.

    The short route is for you to list the fish you have available to you that you like.

    Here's how;

    * Head to the LFS - LEAVE your money in the car.

    * Take notes at the LFS on the species you like - common and latin name].

    * When you get home you can start Googling what is suitable for a 30g tank and we can help you sort out the compatibility of the choices you have left.

    It's an effective system used here before :-D
    Last edited by Goes to 11!; 04-12-2013 at 08:47 PM.
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    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

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    +100000 to the above.

    given that info, we'll be able to help.

    i'd love to recommend some native S.A species, but you'll have to fly down there and bring them back.....most people can't do that, so go with the route that is described above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goes to 11! View Post
    ...

    As mentioned Shelleys, dwarves, or possibly a single angel are effectively your cichlid options & Because you are asking about cichlids [generally] for a 30G tank [ Insufficient real estate] this tells me you should probably go the community route.

    VERY generally you will have less sensitive and less aggressive fish this way and your learning curve will be less steep and more forgiving.

    While we could all suggest our favorites and then you could research to see if they are compatible with each other and [if so] subsequently available to you... this is the long way around.

    The short route is for you to list the fish you have available to you that you like.

    Here's how;

    * Head to the LFS - LEAVE your money in the car.

    * Take notes at the LFS on the species you like - common and latin name].

    * When you get home you can start Googling what is suitable for a 30g tank and we can help you sort out the compatibility of the choices you have left.

    It's an effective system used here before :-D
    Thank you for all the help! I am going to have a think about whether I want to go with community or cichlid aquarium and will get back to the thread soon!

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    I have decided to go with community aquarium as 1. I think cichlids would just be to much to handle as they are aggressive, and 2. I would rather give cichlids a bigger tank that I couldn't do. I am going to use the stratagey that Goes to 11! suggested. What species do you think are good community aquarium fish?

    Another thing, what filter/filters would you recommend for a 30 gallon tank?

    Please help if you can and thanks in advance!
    Last edited by Fishywishy333; 04-12-2013 at 10:25 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishywishy333 View Post
    I am going to use the stratagey that Goes to 11! suggested. What species do you think are good community aquarium fish?
    [Um.... The strategy only works if you apply it. ]

    and the answer to that is below because it's very likely that the majority of your local LFS stock is community fish.

    Along the left hand side of this screen are some links to profiles to get a head start on some of what you may be seeing there, Be sure to look at the care/compatibility requirements as well as the minimum tank size and stocking # as they are relevant info.

    Quote Originally Posted by Goesto11
    !While we could all suggest our favorites and then you could research to see if they are compatible with each other and [if so] subsequently available to you... this is the long way around.

    The short route is for you to list the fish you have available to you that you like.

    Here's how;

    * Head to the LFS - LEAVE your money in the car. [It's more important than you might think]

    * Take notes at the LFS on the species you like - common and latin name].

    * When you get home you can start Googling what is suitable for a 30g tank and we can help you sort out the compatibility of the choices you have left.

    It's an effective system used here before :-D]
    Another thing, what filter/filters would you recommend for a 30 gallon tank?
    AC70.
    Last edited by Goes to 11!; 04-12-2013 at 10:50 PM.
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    Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
    Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
    Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.

    A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.

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    I use to only keep cichlids and aggressive catfish and found through some advice on this great forum how much fun a planted community 29g tank with tetras and corys can be (soon to include a german blue ram).

    Listen to Goesto11 he summed it up well cycle your tank and do things slowly don't rush into it or impulse buy.

    There are tons of tetras, corys, and a few dwarf cichlids you could consider. Personally I really like sterba corys check out planetcatfish.com for info on cory species. I think German Blue Rams look great but they tend to be rather hard to care for from what I've been told. If you want to do plants there are many people on here who can help you on that much better than myself.
    Last edited by FishGuy67; 04-13-2013 at 01:22 AM.

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