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    Default Keeping a single African Cichlid in a 14 Gallon


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    I would like to keep an African Cichlid in a well maintained,fully cycled 14 gallon tank.I am a very experienced fish keeper and I would do anything just to make sure my fish are happy.I love the cihlids beautiful colours and I cannot buy a bigger tank and I also do not have enough space.I do regular 25-30% water changes and a bit more when needed.I will also be keen on giving the cichlid a balanced diet of many suitable foods if you would be kind enough to list.

    Just please note that I only have intentions to keep one and no more.

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    Just did some reading. Every profile I've read says that the absolutely minimum tank size is 36inches but 48 is better. The profiles also state they need to be kept in groups in a species tank or a mumba community tank.

    Sorry
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    Any other Africans except shell dwellers,it doesn't have to be mbuna.

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    I have done some research and I have found the tank to be too small.

    Thanks for your help.

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    I have done some research and I have found the tank to be too small.

    Thanks for your help.

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    Yeah, that's a tough one. Have you tried googling for specific fish profiles? generally there are some pretty good ones on line. Honestly, though, I don't think I've ever heard of any africans being kept alone.

    I don't suppose a betta interests you? Talk about color. A blue and red half moon or crown tail would love that tank. Add a nice school of neons or cardinals and some plants and driftwood and it would be gorgeous.
    30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies,
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    I like that idea but I have had bad experience with bettas.I have had two before but they both died within a week(I had them separate tanks).I had neons before and I loved them but they died due to a power cut.Could you help me with my betta problem?I cleaned out the tank before I filled it with water and I let it(5 gallon tank) cycle for a few months and I have it heated and filtered,but now I have it home to a mother guppy and her half grown baby(which looks pedigree to me and I love him!)I really like bettas and I like the idea of neons a betta and driftwood and plants but I have heard bad things about neons with bettas but I have seen a load of success stories but I may go down the route of that idea but I have to figure out how to make my betta live first.

    P.S.I acclimatised the betta for 20 minutes.The symptoms of the bettas before they died was clamped fins,resting on gravel in one spot and spitting out food and sometimes were listless.

    Thanks and sorry for the long post.

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    when you said you cycled the 5 gal tank for a few months - how did you cycle it?
    30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies,
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    I used API Quickstart and added small amounts of fish flakes and regularly tested for ammonia and nitrite levels until the levels were low.

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    Okay. When you fishless cycle a tank, the cycle isn't complete until both the Ammonia and Nitrites are 0 - not just low but 0. You should also have some nitrates but you want to keep them under 20 ppm.
    Is there a chance that the tank wasn't fully cycled when you brought the bettas home? If there was any ammonia or nitrites in the tank that could have very well killed them.

    Quote Originally Posted by Timthegoldfish View Post
    I used API Quickstart and added small amounts of fish flakes and regularly tested for ammonia and nitrite levels until the levels were low.
    30 g FW planted:corys, female ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies,
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