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I am setting up a new 36 gallon bow front aquarium 30x15x21. I have a rena xp3 canister filter, T5 lighting, cichlid substrate, and Reverse osmosis water. I have done cichlid tanks before so i have some experience but not a whole lot. I have been doing a lot of research lately on there diets and just general health so i feel i am ready for a challenging species if necessary. I am not worried about how much time and effort would need to go in to taking care of them I am fine with weekly or even biweekly water changes. The aquarium will be in my living room so i want something that will be very eye catching and preferably a lot of smaller fish than just 1 or 2 large. I have yet to buy any decorations so i can get anything money is not a big issue. What are some good species and how many for this aquarium i would like a species specific tank or just two species. I don't mind ordering on line.

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Here's the cookie cutter for your tank's footprint: http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/c ... er_29g.php

If you're looking for a community set up I would suggest going with South American cichlids (some may suggest Central American but I know nothing about them.)

At one time I had four Bolivian Rams: http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/s ... php?id=420
with a bristlenose pleco, 5 cories and 13 rummynose tetras in my 29 gallon. A very colourful tank with a lot of movement and no aggression. If you want to keep it simpler you could skip the cories, but a BN pleco is nice for keeping algae in check.

Rams prefer sand, (and I think it looks better!) plants and some rocks & wood - there are a lot of ways to go in decorating.

Food for thought.

Good luck!

kevin
 

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Not to sound ungrateful because I appreciate all ideas. But I am leaning more to an African setup. I find In my area even with the r/o water the higher ph water is much easier to achieve.
 

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Kevin's given you some great ideas. The tank will be too small for mbuna, and while Tanganyikan cichlids are really interesting to watch, they probably don't have the eye-catching allure you'll want for a show tank. I personally prefer German/Blue rams to Bolivians, but to each their own :)
 

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I am willing to compromise on number of fish and eye catching effect in order to have the higher pH. I am in texas and the water here wants to be high no matter what i have fought pH before and it was a battle i did not enjoy to say the least. And i prefer interesting fish more so anyways.
 

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Paracyprichromis nigripinnis and a shell dweller like 'Lamprologus' ocellatus or any similar. Possibly a small julidichromis like ornatus.
 

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