Cookie Cutter Setup for 10-gallons (20x10x12 in / 51x25x30 cm)
by the CF Moderators
10 gallons is not a lot to work with! Most cichlid species grow much too large for 10 gallons and so the suitable selection is very limited. We felt that it should be restricted to the dwarf shell dwellers, dwarf julies, and apistos. All of these fishes will feel most comfortable if provided with a fine, sandy substrate. Shells are necessary for the shell dwelling lamprogines. Rocky crevices or ceramic caves are recommended for the julies and apistos. All of these species are egg-layers.
Water changes should be performed religiously - 25% of the water should be replaced every week - because it doesn't require much for a 10-gallon aquarium to get out of equilibrium. A reliable heater is strongly recommended because temperature fluctuations can be quite dramatic with such a small volume. Conversely, if the heater is unreliable, your fish could be cooked in a short period of time.
Filtration should be very simple. A small hang-on-tank power filter is what we recommend. A bio-wheel is a plus. Any submersible filters are discouraged as they take up too much space in a 10-gallon aquarium. An air stone is optional.
Each of these recommended species is compatable with live plants, just don't take up too much already-limited swimming space with too many of them.
Tanganyikan Shell Dweller Aquarium
Select one group from one of the following species: