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    So I have been cycling another 21 gallon tank for about 2 months. In the time I've been watching a lot of videos on African cichlids but since my tank is only a 20 gallon I have had to limit my choices. I went towards the Lake Tanganyika cichlids because they all have a unique look. The probably is I don't know any small ones besides the Juilechromis, altolamprologus, Lamprologus shell dwellers, Telmatocrhomis, and a few of the Neolamprologus. I really don't want to go with the small shell dwellers that most people are familiar with Like the brevis, multifasciatus, and similis so if you all could help me out a little that would be great. I do really like the altolamprologus and the Juilechromis

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    I can tell you now that altolamps get way too large for a 21gal. You won't have any success with much more than shellies in that size tank...and even at that size you'll have aggression problems. Julidochromis also get too large I'm afraid. You'd need 30G+ for those.
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    What are your water parameters? You might consider a pair of brichardi...although again, it's a bit small.

    Alternatives to tangs might be a pair of kribensis.
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    What about the Alt. Compressiceps Sumbu? those are pretty small

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    A pair of Brichardi would be ok, but you would need to have a plan for all the fry, they will quickly over populate a 20g.

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    The Sumbu dwarfs are pretty rare in the hobby, and not a good species for small tanks. You can keep/breed an established pair of Julies or N. buescheri in that size tank, but it's too small to grow out a group to get an established pair. N. multifasciatus is really the best species for that size tank in the long run.

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    I have slowly started to give up the most of the other of the other tangs. But I like the possibility of having N. Brevis and julidochromis transcriptus living together if that could work.

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    Would work in a larger tank, not in a 21 gallon though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toddnbecka View Post
    The Sumbu dwarfs are pretty rare in the hobby, and not a good species for small tanks.
    Having 10 Sumbu Dwarfs myself, I'm curious who told you they are not a good species for small tanks?

    Old thread I know, just saw this post and had to comment.

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    Because the males claim a fair size territory, and in a small tank there's not enough space to get away from a dominant male. In that case some fish usually end up either killed outright or stressed to death if they aren't moved out of the tank.

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