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    I would really like to pick up one cichlid for my 20 long. I can upgrade later if needed. The fish i am interested in are convicts and firemouths. But both say they have a minimum of 30 gallons. Are there any common options I am missing? I have everything up and ready and am feeding ammonia ... Just need the fish :)

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    It depends on your water. If your water is on the hard side you could try some shellies. If it is softer than maybe some rams or kribs.
    When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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    i really dont want rams ... i cant even get them here. I actually do not know the hardness ... We dont have build up really so i would say someone in the middle.

    Is there anything bigger?

    I would really like a loner who would not feel cramped in the 20 long ... or a 29 gallon if that would open options.

    I only have access to the fish on petsmarts site ... And I really would love a single convict, I have platy fry and baby shrimp and Omega one to feed him, He would be rotten. Could he hold out on a 29 gallon til summer? If so I could totally do that :)

    Sorry for the rambling, I only have til thursday to decide lol.

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    should look up some of the dwarf cichlids some of them may fit the bill (rams do fall into that category as well)
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    Here are my options

    Kenyi African Cichlid
    Jewel Cichlid
    Bumblebee African Cichlid
    Black Convict Cichlid


    There are a few others but they are too big or too expensive.

    Upgrading to a 29 gallon is NO issue if it means it opens more options.

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    The smallest on that list is a 6" fish full grown. A 29g really isn't any different that a 20g long, since it is about footprint.

    I wouldn't recommend any of those fish for that size tank for anything other than a qt tank or a VERY temp tank. Most of the time people don't end up getting the bigger tank they want when they buy a fish.

    Always buy fish for the tank you have, not the tank you plan to get later

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    Well I do have a 40 breeder ... But whatever gets put in that will have to move to my 40 long once my angels grow out :)

    The breeder is actually set up, and has nothing but ramshorn snails in it. Its cycled and everything...

    Would this be ok? dont know how I forgot I have a 40 long and a 40 breeder LOL

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    well there you go problem solved. There are many dwarf cichlids that would work fine in a 40g - here are some cookie cutter setups for a 40L -
    http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...cutter_40g.php

    Here is the 29 gallon setups -
    http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...cutter_29g.php

    And the 20 Long setups -
    http://www.cichlid-forum.com/article...cutter_20g.php

    edit - added other sizes
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    I love my bristlenose <3 ... Most of the set ups recommend bristlenose <3

    Do I have to go dwarf? I would REALLY like a firemouth if I can find one and a convict if I can not. I know the convicts breeding aggression.

    maybe a jack Dempsey? Those are bigger though * sigh* I like bigger fish ...

    Other than the bristlenose, Rubberlip and tetras I do not even think I can get those fish :((

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    You really like biggger fish. all the species you mention would require 30+ gallons even if kept singly. convicts
    30+, firemouths I'd say 40+ and dempseys 55+
    Have you looked into keyholes? they are much bigger than dwarfs, but not quite the size of your already mentioned ones.

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