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Hi

I am looking to redo my tank and was thinking about going for a cichlid setup this time, i currently have tetras.

I have a 30 Gal tank, and what i was really looking for was a nice colourful cichlid that isn't to hard to breed.

I have been looking and have taken a liking for kenyi cichlids, i was just wondering whether my tank was big another and if so how many could be housed together.

Also if kenyi cichlids are do-able is it best stocking 1 male to 2/3 females?

Thank you very much

Nick

P.S if kenyi are not viable i was thinking kribs
 

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Kenyi's aren't the best beginner cichlid. They are very aggressive. And if the tank is small like yours it could be worse. Not sure what your tank dementions are but a longer tank is better than a higher tank. Check the cookie cutter section in the library and see what the recommendations are for your size tank.
 

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Welcome to Cichlid-forum!

What are the dimensions of your tank? For kenyi you want at least a 75G rectangle that measures 48" x 18" and 1m:7f. Very aggressive fish.

A 30" tank or less is limiting for Malawi mbuna but there are other cichlids that would do well.
 

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ok, kenyi are not an option then, i think my tank dimensions are something like 36" X 14" X 16" or around that.

Thanks ill have a look at that cookie cutter section
 

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ok it hink i've found some possible species thanks to the cookie cutter.

Neolamprologus leleupi
Neolamprologus pulcher
Julidochromis regani
Apistogramma cacatuoides
Herotilapia multispinosa
Archocentrus nigrofasciatus

Any opinions or reccomendations? I will be keeping them in a species only tank, and would really love to breed some fish.

Thanks
 

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I would avoid the leleupi but the pulcher and julidochromis would work well. Don't know anything about the others.
 

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The pulcher will colonize any tank and give you dozens of fry. Very easy to breed. Great choice for a first cichlid.

The leleupi can be aggressive with each other, so more difficult, but it's been done. I wouldn't make this my first cichild.

The regani would be a nice choice, and will colonize the tank, but not as quickly as the pulchers.

I'm assuming one of the above only in the 30" tank. And expect to start with 5-6 and remove any that get rejected after pairs/breeding groups form.

I haven't kept the others.
 
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