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Number of Cichlid vs. Tank Gallon size [Complete GUIDE]

Cichlid is stunning, vibrant fish that will bring lots of excitement to your aquarium. However, being an aquarist, you should first have the ideal tank size sufficient for the movement and schooling of cichlid.

Aquarists mostly get confused about how many Cichlids can fit in a 55-Gallon tank. Your aquarium will develop into a healthy ecosystem, and your fish will have long and fulfilling lives if you make the right decisions.

How many cichlids are in a 55-gallon tank? The quantity of fish you can hold in an aquarium is determined by the type and size of Cichlid you choose. Therefore it is tough to answer this in a single line. In Cichlids you cannot follow a rule of thumb of 1 inch per 2 gallon because of its level of agression and discomfort for the female when she lay eggs. Following is the table of cichlids with different kids, sizes, and numbers in a 55-gallon tank.

Type of CichlidMaximum SizeQuantity in 55-Gallon tank
Peacock7 inches7-8
Mbunas6 inches9-10
Dwarf4 inches15
Oscar13 inches1-2 (Not recommended in 55 gals)
Severum8 inches2-3
Blue Acaras7 inches2-3
German Blue Ram3 inches18
Fire mouth7 inches2-6
Convict6 inches3
Types of Cichlids vs. Quantity in 55 gallon tank

The answer given above is not enough for such a broad topic. Continue the reading, and you will find all kinds of Cichlids with their size and number in a 55-gallon tank, the male-to-female ratio in a single tank, and much more.

African Cichlids

Malawian Cichlid

Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 72-82°F; pH 7.8-8.5

For maintaing pH in the tank, keep reading naturally control the PH in your water tank.
KH 10-15
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 5″
Color Form: Yellow
Temperament/Nature: Semi-aggressive
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Farm Raised, Thailand
Family: Cichlidae

Needs inside acquarium: sandy bottom, robust plants, caves, and rocks

How many (African) Malawian Cichlids are in 55 gallon tank?

10 to 11 Malawian Cichlids can be placed in 55 gallon tank.

Albino, Red and Blue Peacock Cichlid

Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 72-82°F; pH 7.8-8.5;
KH 10-15
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 7″
Color Form: Brown, Gray, Metallic Blue
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Diet: Omnivore (meat and vegetable-based foods)

Male to female ratio: 3 to 4 female for a single male
Origin: Farm Raised, USA
Family: Cichlidae

How many (African) Blue Peacock Cichlids are in 55 gallon tank? 7-8

Maximum size of electric blue peacock: 8”

Number of Electric blue peacock in 55 gallon tank: 7

Maximum size of Red and Albino Peacock: 6″

Number of Red and Albino peacock in 55 gallon tank: 8

Moorei Cichlid

Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 72-82°F; pH 7.8-8.5;
KH 10-15
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 9″
Color Form: Blue
Temperament: Aggressive towards smaller fishes
Diet: Carnivore (Meaty foods are preffered)

Frozen foods: bloodworms, tubifex, and brine shrimp
Origin: Africa – Lake Malawi

Male to female ratio of Moorei Cichlid: 5 to 7 female with a single male for breeding.

How many (African) Morei Cichlids are in 70 gallon tank? up to 7

Acei Cichlid

Yellow tailed Acei Cichlid

Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 70 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 72-82°F; pH 8.0-9.0;
KH 9-19
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 7″
Color Form: Blue, Bright Yellow
Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Omnivore
Requirement inside aquarium: A large aquarium with plenty of caves and hiding places.

Male to female ratio: 3 female with a single male.

Acei cichlid dislikes light, so they should be prevented from the light.

How many (African) Acei Cichlids are in 70 gallon tank?

5-6 Acei Cichlids can be placed in 70-gallonn tank.

Cobalt Blue and Red Zebra Cichlin

Red Zebra Cichlid

Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 50 gallons
Care Level: Easy
Tank Conditions: 72-82°F; pH 8.0-9.0;
KH 10-18
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 5½”
Color Form: Black, Blue, Red
Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Africa – Lake Malawi

Male to female ratio: Single male with three females.

How many Cobalt blue or red zebra cichlid in a 55 gallon tank? 9-10

Blue Zebra Cichlid

Calvus Cichlid

Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 72-82°F; pH 7.8-9.0;
KH 12-20
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 5″
Color Form: Black, White Markings, Yellow.
Temperament: Aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: Farm Raised
How many Calvus Cichlid in 30, 55 and 70 gallon tank?

You can add 5 Calvus in 30 gallon tank, 9 and 12 Calvus in to 55 and 70 gallon tank.

Green Severum Cichlid

Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 73-77°F; pH 6.0-6.5;
KH 4-5
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 8″
Color Form: Cream, Green
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Diet: Carnivore

The environment inside tank: Lightly-planted tank with a soft bottom and a few rooted plants
Origin: Amazon, Northern South America

How many Green Severum Cichid in 55 gallon tank?

You can add 5-6 Severums in a 55 gallon tank.

Panda Dwarf Cichlid

Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 30 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 72-86°F; pH 6.0-7.0;
KH 2-15
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 3″
Color Form: Black, Blue, Red, Yellow
Temperament: Semi-aggressive
Diet: Carnivore
Origin: South America

How many Panda Dward Cichlid in 55 gallon tank?

Almost 55 Panda Dwarf Cichlids can be placed in 55-gallon tank.

German Gold Ram

Quick Stats
Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons
Care Level: Moderate
Tank Conditions: 72-79°F; pH 5.0-7.0;
KH 5-12
Max. Size In Aquarium: Up to 3″
Color Form: Gold, Orange, Red
Temperament: Peaceful
Diet: Omnivore
Origin: Tank Bred
Tank Bred: Yes

How many German Gold Ram in 55 gallon tank?

Almost 55 German Gold Ram can be placed in a 55-gallon tank.

Names of different kids of Cichlids

Malawian Cichlids

  1. Electric Yellow
  2. Blue Peacock
  3. Electric Blue
  4. Yellow Peacock
  5. Moorei Cichlid
  6. Red Peacock
  7. Albino Peacock
  8. Acei Cichlid
  9. Cobalt Blue Zebra
  10. Red Zebra
  11. Kenyi
  12. Demasoni
  13. Yellowfin
  14. Borleyi Cichlid
  15. Venustus
  16. Compressiceps
  17. Blue Johann
  18. Fuelleborni
  19. Orange
  20. Blossom
  21. Peacock Cichlid, Orange Blossom
  22. Bumblebee

Tangayikam Cichlids

  1. Orange Leleupi Cichlid
  2. Dickfeldi
  3. Brevis Cichlid
  4. Marlier Cichlid
  5. Duboisi Cichlid
  6. Calvus Cichlid
  7. Tretocephalus Cichlid
  8. Caudopunctatus Cichlid
  9. Cylindricus Cichlid
  10. Albino Ornatus Cichlid
  11. Gold Head
  12. Compressicep
  13. Cichlid Gold Ocellatus Cichlid
  14. Gold Sexfasciatus Cichlid
  15. Moorii (Kaiser II) Cichlid
  16. Frontosa Cichlid
  17. Jeweled Goby Cichlid

American Cichlids

  1. German Blue Ram
  2. Firemouth Cichlid
  3. Green Texas Cichlid
  4. Red Devil
  5. Green Severum
  6. Rainbow Cichlid
  7. Pink Convict Cichlid
  8. Black Convict Cichlid
  9. Bolivian Ram
  10. Gold Severum Jack Dempsey
  11. Assorted Apistogramma
  12. Double Full Red Cockatoo Cichlid
  13. Salvini Cichlid
  14. Tiger Oscar
  15. Managuense Cichlid
  16. Zebra Oscar
  17. Orange Cockatoo Cichlid
  18. Red Star Flower Horn Cichlid
  19. Red Parrot
  20. Albino Oscar
  21. Peacock Bass
  22. Texas Cichlid
  23. Black Stripe Dwarf Cichlid
  24. Panda Dwarf Cichlid
  25. Port Acara
  26. Red Oscar
  27. Double Full Red Agassizi Cichlid
  28. Uaru Cichlid
  29. Festivum Cichlid
  30. Surinamen Geophagus
  31. Green Terror
  32. German Gold Ram

Note:

There are more than 70 kinds of Cichlids in different sizes and colors, which you can put inside your tank. It isn’t easy to write about all in a single blog. If anybody wants information about any cichlid, feel free to contact me.