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Hey everyone,
I'm new to the site, but not to fish keeping

I was wondering what cichlid would be aggressive and have a personality, and a comfortable tank size would be helpful. Dovii are out of the question because of their adult size, so please don't recommend anything that large.

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Hello and welcome to OFL. Most South and Central American cichlids have varying degrees of aggression and personality. I would ask whats the biggest tank you are willing to maintain? Fish that will stay in the 10in range can be comfortably housed in a 4ft tank of 75 gals.


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Thanks for responding so quick, and I'm glad to be on this site finally.

But down to the business,
At most I would say a 75, but I didn't know if any of the fish I would like could fit in that size of a tank. And I do realize a 5-6 foot setup would probably increase my optioms, but it isn't realistic for me right now.
Any ideas?
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Options are basically unlimited for 75g. Excluding the real big boys of course, but literally hundreds of options. What do you like that you think a 75 wont hold?


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I know the big ones won't fit, but for some reason I like the red devil/midas cichlid, but I've been told they could need up to 100 gallon+

so do you have any suggestions, and will they hide when I walk into the room, or will they come out to "greet me"
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A lot of cichlids are shy and hide a lot when young, but grow out of that when they associate you with food. I am currently raising a Red Tiger Mota female in a 75g, and also have a female Festae in a 90g. Male Jack Dempsey are stunning when cared for properly. I also have a Midevil, basically raised in the 90g, now in a 120, but the 90 was not inadequate. Carpintis are beautiful cichlids. You could do a pair of smaller breeds, Convicts Firemouth, Salvini. Texas cichlids are very cool. List goes on and on.


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Ok, sounds like it will just take some time, which is fine. I was unsure about the midevil in that sizr rank but I kind if wanted one larger cichlid, rather than a pair. A fish that I could sort of have a "bond" with, or a wet pet if you will.
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If you can go for a 75g, then 90 should be an option as well. Same 48x18 footprint as a 75, a few inches taller. Midevil would be fine in that. Poke around the internet, see what catches your eye. As long as the fish will not exceed a foot long, a 4ft tank will be ok with an aggressive water change ritual and heavy filtration.


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I'm all good with the water changes and filtration, and I could probably do a 90 gal.
This will probably sound weird, but is there any cichlid with visible teeth? I like the looks of a jaguar cichlid, but it's tank size is a little bit too much, so any cichlids under a foot with visible "dentures"?
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Smaller Parachromis, cousins of Dovii and Jag. Loisellei, Fredrichstalli and Motageunse. Females are all smaller than males, but they all have a good set of chompers. Grammodes, often called the mini Dovii are very cool, ultra mean. 10-12ins.


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