How many dwarf cichlids in a 10 gallon?

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Hi everyone, I've decided to drop the shrimp breeding idea for my 10 gallon planted tank (too much work) and maybe try dwarf cichlids. How many do you think I could fit in there and is two small sponge filters ok for filtration? Any suggestions of what kind of dwarf cichlids to get would be nice but basically I'm looking for a lot of bright color!
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OscarManJones replied the topic: Re: How many dwarf cichlids in a 10 gallon?

Try about five. Sponge filter is good, as long as you clean it often! :) :) :) :)

I don't care if your tank is 54.99 gallons. PUT IT IN A 55 GALLON TANK!
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Catatafish replied the topic: Re: How many dwarf cichlids in a 10 gallon?

Really? When I googled it most people were saying that a pair of apistos or other dwarf cichlid is the max. 5 seems like a lot :huh:
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OscarManJones replied the topic: Re: How many dwarf cichlids in a 10 gallon?

Catatafish wrote: Really? When I googled it most people were saying that a pair of apistos or other dwarf cichlid is the max. 5 seems like a lot :huh:


As baby Cichlids, you may keep 5 in a 10 gallon. As they grow, start going to a larger tank, or moving some fish to a different tank. (Or you can just put them on Craigslist or give/sell them to a friend. :)

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Catatafish replied the topic: Re: How many dwarf cichlids in a 10 gallon?

Oh ok but how many do you think I could have in there for a couple years?
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Matt replied the topic: Re: How many dwarf cichlids in a 10 gallon?

No more than 2-3

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Catatafish replied the topic: Re: How many dwarf cichlids in a 10 gallon?

Yea that's what I was thinking. Are they aggressive towards each other?
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Matt replied the topic: Re: How many dwarf cichlids in a 10 gallon?

Are you talking African or SA/CA cichlids? Africans will do fine in communities, SA/CA is more of a gamble on how they will interact with each other.

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Catatafish replied the topic: Re: How many dwarf cichlids in a 10 gallon?

SA/CA cichlids. And alright thanks for the help Matt!
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