View Full Version : tank size

01-10-2005, 02:25 PM
Hey, I am new to the cichlid scene and am trying to figure out what is the smallest tank settup that i can keep a couple of cichlids in. I currently have a small convict (1 inch) in a 2 1/2 gallon tank which I have been told will be too small eventually. I live in a dorm so size is a big concern. Would a 10 gallon tank be big enough to have a couple more fish?

01-10-2005, 05:14 PM
A 10g would be big enough for your convict. I wouldn't recommend anything more though.

01-10-2005, 06:51 PM
really? wow, how big can i expect this fish to get when it matures?

01-10-2005, 07:17 PM
If it's a male, then about 5 to 6 inches. A little smaller for a female. The main problem isn't size so much as aggression. Convicts can get very aggressive and a small tank will just amplify the problem.

01-10-2005, 07:23 PM
yeah, i guess that explains why it beat up the catfish thing.

01-10-2005, 08:49 PM
i agree with jonah, i would pickup a cheap 10 gallon tank. People give them away...just kinda get the word out you need one. get a cheap filter, doesnt have to be anything much for a ten gallon. i'm sure your convict will be much much happier in that 10 gal =-)

01-10-2005, 08:51 PM
kinda sucks, i was just home in massachusetts, and my dad was trying to get rid of all my fish stuff. i had 3 extra 10 gallon tanks, some old filters and other fish crap. would have been a little drive for you, but i would have given it away =(

01-10-2005, 09:29 PM
you could get a 20 long and have a pair of convicts in there.

01-10-2005, 09:35 PM
I think that might be a bit large unless dorm rooms have gotten a lot bigger in the past 18 years. A lot of schools won't let you have anything larger than a 10g in you room anyway.

I'd get a 10g, an airpump and a sponge filter. That might set you back $20-$25 total.

01-10-2005, 09:38 PM
oops sorry didn't know a 20 would be too big:oops:
stick with the single con and a 10 gallon as was already suggested.