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Old 01-03-2016, 03:12 PM
 
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I have a 29 gallon tank and I am open to all suggestions, except that I am not interested in the spotted one and I am not willing to pay $23.99 for a fish.

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Old 01-04-2016, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Tejas
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For a 29 Gallon I would get a Ram Cichlid, my local Petsmart stocks German Blue Ram and Bolivian Ram for about $7.
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Old 01-04-2016, 08:35 PM
 
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For a 29 Gallon I would get a Ram Cichlid, my local Petsmart stocks German Blue Ram and Bolivian Ram for about $7.
It's not on that list.
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Old 01-04-2016, 08:36 PM
 
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Ram Cichlid looks pretty, but I am not sure if I can get them at my local store.
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Old 01-05-2016, 08:36 AM
 
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Its not on the list for my local Petsmart either but they have them. Petco has them but they are priced at $18 a fish for some reason.
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:51 AM
 
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Its not on the list for my local Petsmart either but they have them. Petco has them but they are priced at $18 a fish for some reason.
Nope, not paying $20 for a fish that might die next day.
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Old 01-05-2016, 03:07 PM
 
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Theyre $6 at Petsmart
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Old 01-06-2016, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
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Rams are delicate fish. I wouldn't get them from any of the big-box pet stores, frankly, as I can't imagine the survival rate is all that great. If you want them, get them from a breeder.

OP, what sort of water are you dealing with? Rams, discus, angelfish, kribensis, and many Apistogramma species like softer water, but most other cichlids prefer hard water. If you have the latter, I'd look at some of the smaller African species from Lake Malawi or Lake Victoria. And FYI, a 29 gallon tank is too small for more than a single pair of dwarf cichlids; most species will eventually prefer larger quarters.
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Old 01-08-2016, 04:56 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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what happened to the goldfish and platies you planned to keep together? or did that idea get to boring for you?

you realy need a min of 55 gals for cichlids, even then your looking at a limited selection, id personally sugest an all male peacock cichlid tank, all males wont feel the need to fight for females and peacocks tend to be less aggressive than the other cichlid species...
youll ned sand and a lot of rock, very specific water parameters, a good water testing kit, and a clue...
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Old 01-09-2016, 06:59 PM
 
Location: SW Ohio
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Sounds like the last two posters have covered some good opinions and asked good questions ...


A 29 is suitable for smaller south American cichlids, like apistos, krobia, or guianacra but I really wouldn't recommend them to someone who hasn't had a lot of experience.


Smaller Tanganyikans like julidochromis and some shell dwelling lamprologus species would work.


Malawian fish in a 29 are going to need to find a larger tank like a 55 or more in short time as they grow.
Yes, they're pretty and yes when they're young they will survive in a 29, but you have to tell yourself they will need a LARGER tank within a year or two of you buying them.


If you're looking to avoid buying from petco or petsmart ( which I highly recommend ) I would do a google search for aquarium clubs in your area. Join one, and ask who has fish for sale or have them point you in the right way. If you're in the lower 48, there's a fish geek club near you...
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