Cichlids are probably the most popular group of aquarium fish kept today. But cichlids are diverse; they come from a massive range of habitats, from shallow acidic streams in the Amazon jungle, to the deepest lakes in Africa. There are huge variations in their size, temperament, behavioural patterens and consequently the conditions required to keep them.
DISTRIBUTION: Most hail from Africa, Southern and Central America, and a few from Asia. In general, cichlids may be split into several main groupings, those from the great lakes of Africa (Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Victoria), Other African Cichlids, South American Cichlids (these include angelfish and discus) and those from Central America.