Cichlids..... an introduction to this wonderful tropical aquarium Fish
Perhaps one of the most beautiful species of fish in the world is the
Cichlids. These fish, ranging from Africa and South America, are
brightly colored and range from bottom dwelling algae eaters to hunters with
a primary diet of smaller, live fish. Cichlids are a common staple in
household aquariums, as they have a lot of the colors and forms desired by
many individuals, while being relatively easy to care for.
Cichlids, as a whole, are tropical freshwater fish that enjoy moderate
temperatures and stable PH. As there are several hundred different varieties
of Cichlids available, there are many different PH and temperature ranges
that these fish enjoy. The primary factor you need to remember is that while
there is a range they enjoy, the levels need to remain stable to ensure
Weekly or bi-weekly water changes can help assist with this problem that
is associated with most aquariums. Their dietary habits are dependent on
where the species originally came from, as well as the type of climate and
habitat they were bred in.
On account of this, there are different levels of Cichlids available,
from the highly aggressive to the very peaceful. There are also different
ranges in sizes available, which allows most individuals to be able to have
at least one in their aquarium.
A stereotype that Cichlids that is not entirely accurate is the fact that
they are all aggressive. While some of the more common known ones, such as
the Red Devils and the Jack Dempsey, are highly aggressive, some of the
dwarf Cichlids and smaller species are very peaceful and will school
together and be companion fish with other species. When you are selecting
your African or South American Cichlids, you should be careful to know their
levels of aggression and full size before you make the purchase.
With the proper research, you can have Cichlids from all over the world,
including Cichlids from Lake Malawi, and have a beautiful tank that aquarium
hobbyists will admire.
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