View Full Version : 20 gallon African cichlid tank

12-31-2012, 01:46 PM
I recently posted about a 10 gallon community tank. My parents decided to surprise me and upgrade my tank to a 20 gallon(throwing a huge wrench in my plans). I wanted to make it an African cichlid tank. The only problem is that I know absolutely nothing about African cichlids. I was looking for some advice on the following.

-live or fake plants?
-gravel color that makes the fish stand out
-background color that makes the fish stand out
-algae eaters
-bottom dwelling catfish

Thank you for any advice!

01-12-2013, 11:35 AM
- start with a beginner species: Yellow labs are cheap, low aggression, and colorful. Yellow tail acei may be a better option.
- fake plants... always.
- Black sand would be best, but expensive unless you can find blasting black sand somewhere. Otherwise, I use PFS - $5 for a 50lb bag.
- Paint the tank black or blue.
- algae eaters are a waste. algae control is best handled by good water quality.
- Sydontis would work, but why?

01-12-2013, 01:15 PM
For a 20, shellies may be a better option: http://www.atlantaaquarium.com/showthread.php?6923-5-Shellies-Neolamprologus-Brevis-1-male-4-female-Lake-Tanganyika

01-19-2013, 01:47 PM
I now have 1 of each but want to know if an electric blue cray would work.

Yellow tailed acei cicichlid

yellow lab cichlid

some orange african( Labeled assorted)

african leaf fish

raphael catfish

rubber lip pleco

01-19-2013, 02:33 PM
The pleco can be kept in a 20g. None of the other fish should be.

01-19-2013, 03:18 PM
They are all young( 0.75-1.5") and I have a 50 gallon along with many friends that keep Africans.

01-19-2013, 04:00 PM
The 50g with angels as center piece?

I guess I'll say good luck.

01-19-2013, 04:33 PM
I'm still not sure if I'm gonna do angels. I want to but I'm not sure if i have the money. Right now it's pretty much empty except for a few ram cichlids that I'm holding for a friend.