I was on social media today and came across an interesting thread. A fellow aquarist recently acquired a tank that is 24″ x 24″ x 24″, which holds roughly 60 US gallons of water. He asked the following of his fish keeping peers: “Would this be big enough to house a single large cichlid?”
My first thought was, how is he defining “large cichlid”? My second thought was, why would he even consider housing a cichlid in a tank that only has two feet of swimming space glass-to-glass?
Every hobby has novices who deserve the opportunity to learn. However, at some point, common sense has to be a guide. Furthermore, a conscience needs to also be part of the equation.