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    Default Starting a 20 gallon long with dwarf cichlids

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    What can of substrate can I use with dwarf cichlids? Can you give recommendations for dwarf cichlids and amount of total fish in the tank.? Can they co-exist with cory's?

    I would assume not more than a few fish.


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    i'd recommend a pair but wouldn't go much more than that. Do a pair of dwarf cichlids and do a schooling dither fish (small upper level fish).

    I wouldn't do the cories with the tank size, few things - 1. they like to be in a school, and 6 cories but 2 dwarf cichlids is a crowded bottom in a 20g Long. 2. I have issues with my rams stressing the cories out when they would spawn in my 55. I'd recommend no cories to prevent issues

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    thanks for the quick response, what about the substrate, can I use gravel or does it matter what I use ?

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    Would depend on the exact cichlid but most will appreciate sand more than gravel.

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    i have heard rams like darker substrate. not sure if this is 100% true.
    mine are in aquarium soil.
    what i would do is get a pair of rams or albino kribensis with like 10 neon tetra
    i hear some people say, "i kept a goldfish in a bowl and it lived for a year."
    they don't know how lucky they were and all goldfish live at least 15 years in proper conditions.
    that is equal to saying my human lived in his closet for 5 years!

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    +1 to the above. A pair plus a school of cardinals is what you want, the substrate needs to be sand. Also I think pygmy corries or panda corries would be fine, but not the bigger ones.
    "At some point you aren't making the animal more dead...You are just making a bigger mess." - Demjor19

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    wouldn't the cichlids eat the tetras?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2life View Post
    wouldn't the cichlids eat the tetras?
    Depends on the cichlids. I have seen larger keyholes and apistos go for smaller neons, but im not aware of any dwarf that will go for a full grown cardinal.
    "At some point you aren't making the animal more dead...You are just making a bigger mess." - Demjor19

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