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It depends on what cichlids you choose to go with. I would think Mbuna.. or possibly Peacocks with that tank. In my opinion 12-15 total full grown Mbuna is the max that you would want..and for them to be comfortable. Three species with 4 to 5 fish of each. The cookie-cutter section in the Library can give you more info and ideas (look at the 55 gallon info). I haven't kept Peacocks..so others can advise you if you are interested in those.
 

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When I say multiples of each.. I mean 1 male and 4 females of each of the 3 species (which can be challenging getting to that ratio). This is for a "harem-style" Mbuna setup. Your LFS may be advising you for an all-male tank..but I would trust advise you get from the moderators (like DJR or Noki) and experienced keepers here..far more than any LFS.
 
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