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    I'm looking for small cichlids that can fit into a 10/20 gallon tank. Preferably a species that is somewhat easy to keep and that needs slightly soft to slightly hard water.

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    What is slightly soft to slightly hard water? What are your water parameters?

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    Kribensis immediately comes to mind, but they would need a 20 gallon tank.

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    Few cichlids should really be in a 10G....you would be much better off with a 20G long. With a 20G long the options really do open up to include quite a few dwarf species. Some options I would go for:

    Laeteacara species
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    Kribs(great choice Taurus)

    Any of these species would do fine in a 20G long as a mated pair....
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    Don't kribs breed prolifically? (I've never kept cichlids)
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    Well...really most cichlids do as they can lay large clutches of eggs(for their size of these dwarves). Now them rearing all of those fry is where it makes sense to lay so many eggs as most fry do not survive. The parents often eat them, the fry get sucked up the filter, or the fish keeper can use them for food for other tanks.
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    Well, the water is really hard, but we have a water softener so I'm not sure what the hardness is. Without the softener the water is around350-400ppm. The ph is around 8 I think.

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    Do you have the common names? I'm not really good at remembering the scientific names. I have considered kribs, but I have been unable to find them available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taurus View Post
    Kribensis immediately comes to mind, but they would need a 20 gallon tank.
    Yeah, that's what i have. I was mostly curious about the 10G.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent S View Post
    Well, the water is really hard, but we have a water softener so I'm not sure what the hardness is. Without the softener the water is around350-400ppm. The ph is around 8 I think.
    You can keep african shell dwelling cichlids (Neolamprologus multifasciatus) in your hard water and in a 10g tank, but you have to use water that is before the water softener.

    https://www.practicalfishkeeping.co....shell-dwellers
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