how much flow do buffalo head cichlids need these days?

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how many airstones should i add its a 20 long. i have a 100g pump now just not sure if one is good or if i should put 2+. i’ll probably do one on each side unless the consensus is that one in each corner is best but that seems excessive.
 

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Ah yes, I didn’t think about how a bigger tank makes a difference on relative flow.
 

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how many airstones should i add its a 20 long. i have a 100g pump now just not sure if one is good or if i should put 2+. i’ll probably do one on each side unless the consensus is that one in each corner is best but that seems excessive.
I would try both on one side. That would have more of a riverine current rather than a random one.
 
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In nature, these cichlids are only found in rapids.
I have not kept this species, but have friends that have, but... have kept many other rheophilic species (Tomocicha, Rheophillus etc).
If i were to keep them, I would not rely of an air pump, canister or HOB for circulation.
I would be using some type powerhead with venturi, or one of the propeller type water movement types available these days.
Even for average riverine species, I take current , water movement and oxygenation seriously, but for rheophillic species even more.
I use the stream prop pump below on a 180 gal in tank for added circulation, beside the 1500GPH pump cycling water filtration thru the sump.
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Below video of flow from my sump
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