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Ok that's it, I'm fed up with these damn threads. Most of these are the absolute minimum for your fish's comfort and health, take note if my answers are a bit larger than the most common...

Here is going to be an absolute minimum tank size list. Someone pin this....

New World Cichlids

Covicts-At least a 20g for one and at least a 33g for a pair. Convicts max out at about 6"

Dovii-The wolf cichlid. One of the largest and meanest...at least a 240g is in order for a single specimen.

Festae-If you have the true Red Terror then a 125g is needed.

Flowerhorn-It truly depends on what strain you got it and whether or not it's a male or female. If it's a female at least a 55g for most. If it's a male then you MUST get a 75g.

Green Terror-At least a 75g, Green Terrors can and do get up to 14"

Jack Dempseys-At least a 30g for and a 55 for a pair. However, Jack Dempseys do take a while to grow to 8", some 10"

Jaguar Cichlid(Managuense)-No matter what you're gonna need a 75g, if it's a male I would say a 100g is going to be needed.

Midas Cichlid-ABSOLUTE minimum is a 75g, 90g are preferred as pure Midas tend to get up to 14"+

Oscar-75g IS THE ABSOLUTE MINIMUM! No less and you're gonna be f*cking over your fish.

Peacock bass - If you get a Ocellaris or Monoculus you must have at LEAST at a 240g tank waiting.

Red Devil-75g is preferred...they max out at around 12". If you have a female you possibly could get away with a 55g.

Texas- A 75g. 'nuff said.

Trimac - These get big and thick. A 75g is needed.

Uro(fake red terror)-A 55g is a must.

And I have no idea about africans....if I missed a common CA cichlid sold then please correct me and I will add it in....
 

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I agree for most of that. but you are wrong at a few places...

festae - female will do ok ina 75 or 90 but a male is going to need a 125 or a 180 since they do get 18".

Peacock bass - you are going to need a 240+ to keep one or a small group of these since they get atleast 24".

uro - most stay around 8-10" and can be kept in a 55g easily.

other than that it looks good
 

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Ah ok thanks for the save lol.
 

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weren't u the guy that said ur 4 inch convict could beat tha sh*t outta a Cariba?
 

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i beg to differ in the RD tank size... I know that the bigger the better but my RD is in a 20 gallon and is about 5". I got it when it was 2" and had it in a 10 gallon tank until it was 5" then moved it into a 20 gallon... it's happy as is.

i figure since it's used to the tank it's happy.

if i got the fish at a larger size alreay i could see how it would be cramped but currently its happy.
 

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you should move that fish to a larger tank once it get 6-7". if not it will become stunted and that will make it live a much shorter life
 

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RigidNeophyte said:
i beg to differ in the RD tank size... I know that the bigger the better but my RD is in a 20 gallon and is about 5". I got it when it was 2" and had it in a 10 gallon tank until it was 5" then moved it into a 20 gallon... it's happy as is.

i figure since it's used to the tank it's happy.

if i got the fish at a larger size alreay i could see how it would be cramped but currently its happy.
Right....do you read?? I'm sorry but do you?

They MAX OUT at 12"....to hold a Red Devil for life you need a 75g...and what lemmy said is right, you better find a new tank when its bigger than 7" otherwise it's going be stunted and either lead life filled with pain and misery or die from the pain and misery....
 

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ya I know I'm going to need a bigger tank, but everyone is raving about how it needs like 75 gallons ASAP and honestly, mine is happy as is. I will get a bigger tank but considering I got a free 20 gallon, I'm not going to rush out and spend $500 when not only do I have no room for it, but my fish is fine as is.

it's still practically a baby
 

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you dont need a 75g when they are babys. i dont think anyone said that... grow out tanks are fine as long as they grow w/ the fish
 

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you dont need a 75g when they are babys. i dont think anyone said that... grow out tanks are fine as long as they grow w/ the fish
Well said


Oh and I apoligize Neophyte, I thought you meant you were going to leave your fish in the 20g.
 

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ya i thought you might have seen it that way... I love my RD to much to make it miserable. It has Hole in the head from feeder fish right now... when i found out i cried... i love my RD almost as much as I love my pleco... and i really love my pleco...

actually i love my RD more.... but you get the idea
 
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