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    Ok lets start by clearing the air. We all know i cant let the kids into the pet store and say "ok kids which fish do u want" so im looking to narrow down the options to pick from. I also wanted to try cichlids, however the more research i do the more im thinking its impossible for me to have a few diffrent cichlids in a 55gal. With a small tank i want to limit the biggest fish to 5 or 6in. And I know the kids want alot of colorful fish. So i was thinking mbuna or considering dwarf chiclids. But i keep doing my research and pulling my hair out. It seems like all of them need something else diffrent ph, temp, food, hardness, some like this and others like that powerheads? Salt?

    I stated a fishless cycle Christmas eve so i got about 2 weeks to pull my head out my rear and im hoping u guys can help. So far im at about 7.6 or possibly higher i will test high range tonight. But am i going crazy, are cichlids really that much harder than a comunity tank.

    What do u guys and girls think i should do for this 55gal.

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    Cichlids are unpredictable, I kept rams and a firemouth and convicts and pictus catfish in my 55gal and they all got along but it doesn't always happen. I would stick with community fish but dwarf cichlids will work, you can also get a strong powerhead to keep a good flow in the tank so the cichlids spend more time swimming in the current rather than fighting each other and you could also lower the temperature a little bit to reduce aggression. electric blue rams have a beautiful blue color and stay small. I don't know much about African cichlids but I think mbunas are aggressive.

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    For a kid's tank, there's MANY options available that don't include cichlids at all

    And with a tank that size, you could get a handful of schools of small, peaceful, community fish that are easy to take care of and more than enjoyable, for the whole family

    Once you get the "kid's" tank cycled, fish researched, and nice and stable for a while, then it's time for your tank build, and enjoy all of the cichlids you may, in maybe ven a bigger tank

    Bottom line, IMO, no cichlids for a new/kid tank, just my opinion

    Do a web search for easy-to-keep, beginner freshwater tropical fish, let the kids have a look at some pics and videos
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    Im sorry i probable should have been more specific. My kids are 19,15,11 and 3. This is mainly for the 19 and 11 year old boys who are going to find more agressive fish more facinating. You may got me with the KIDS tank because im going to be the one doing everything and they will probably loose interest quick no matter what fish. So i wanted to try and stick with the cichlids is possible. My old 110 gallon was a fresh water community tank and i didnt keep my journal up to date but that turned out to be really nice until i lost it in hurricane sandy (2012) but i feel the boys would like the color and aggression of the cichlids.
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    Understood.
    @Rocksor and others, have a look at this thread, please
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    I am a bit partial when it comes to cichlids to Julies and some of the small shell dwellers from Africa. it may make an interesting display with a couple of groups of Julies and lelupi or Brichardi. there are certainly many options for a 55.
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    do not overstock until your kids get a handle on water changes, and keeping nitrates below 20ppm through water changes.

    You are not stuck with african cichlids. Central American cichlids would do fine since they come from hard and high ph water (high PH doesn't mean you have hard water).

    You could do something simple like one male convict or one male firemouth as the focal point of the tank. Then add mollies, guppies, or swordtails as dither fish. Use pool filter sand or #20 grit silica sand for the substrate.





    If they become truly dedicated fishkeepers (and you are not stuck with the tank), then they can look into exodon paradoxus or mini piranhas.

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