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As someone who raised cichlids for a very long time, i would suggest starting out with the more hardy varieties of cichlids, in a fifty five you can put peacocks which have loads of color, yellow labidichromis, and some blue johani, they will work out well together. make sure to have lots of hiding/nesting spaces as these fish love the cave life. you wont be disappointed!
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My mix of cichlids in my 58 gallon is yellow labs, red zebras, demasoni, and yellow-tailed acei. Google these fish to see if you like any of them. The demasoni need to be kept in larger groups (recommended 12 although I keep 8 together with no problem). I have 4 red zebras (1 male and 3 females) and a similar distribution of males to females for my yellow labs. All will get along fine besides the occasional cichlid aggression. Also, the acei are nice because they occupy the top of the tank and are as close to a schooling African cichlid as you will find. They cannot be sexed (without venting) when young except to study their behavior so you will just have to keep an eye on them and trade some back if you get too many males and not enough females.