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Cichlids in Community Tank?

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I have a freshwater community tank and am getting interested in cichlids. The tank is a 72 gallon bow front with two emperor 400s, a powerhead, and sand for substrate, with quite a few rocks and fake plants.

Currently I have:
5 zebra danios
4 neon tetra (mature)
1 betta
1 red-tailed shark
2 buenos aires tetra
1 pleco
1 clown loach
1 dwarf gourami

I have heard rams (bolivian are less tempermental to tank conditions), apistos, kribs, and keyholes are all resonably behaved and would blend with a community tank. Is that a correct assumption? Are there any others I should look for?

Second, I live in the Kansas City metro area and have looked at several fish stores but none carry any of these kinds of cichlids; they only carry the common ones (oscars, jack dempseys, convicts, etc). Any suggestions on locating a LFS that carries uncommon fish?

Third, I was reading on here and someone was talking about installing a "USJ"...what is that? It sounded like some kind of filtration system.

Thank you for your time,

P.S. Forgive me if this has been posted, but the search option would start, but then load a blank page. After trying several times I just decided to join and post.
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bolivian rams and keyholes make great community tank additions. rams will bicker amongst themselves but they leave everyone else alone. keyholes might go after neons might not. they are generally peacefull though.
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