Originally Posted by The Grazing Gazelle
So a red tail shark is a possibility, and I was looking more towards african cichlids since i heard they grow smaller.
Tomorrow I start the setup
Im building the stand and im gonna start cycling the water how long should I cycle it 2-3 days?
Also can I put any loaches or is my tank too small.
You can find cichlids of either region in basically any size. There is no "africans don't get as big" or anything like that. Africans you need to have very heavy filtration for the most part because you will need to overstock it slightly to spread out aggression.
Loaches will be a no if you do africans, they are aggressive. You can basically keep synodontis or a smaller pleco as far as catfish goes.