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Cichlids

the golden form of the angel fish - Pterophyllum scalareCichlids 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.

RECOMMENDED STARTER SPECIES: Nannacara anomala (Golden dwarf acara), Pelvicachromis pulcher (Kribensis), Pterophyllum scalare (Angelfish)

Cichlids - Central American
Thorichthys ellioti
Thorichthys ellioti
Vieja synspila
Redheaded cichlid
Vieja synspila
Cichlids - Lake Malawi - more on setting up a Lake Malawi tank here
Aulonocara jacobfreibergi
Freiberg's Peacock Cichlid
Aulonocara jacobfreibergi
Copadichromis borleyi
Copadichromis borleyi
Cyrtocara moorii
Blue dolphin cichlid
Cyrtocara moorii
Melanochromis johanni
Johanni Mbuna
Melanochromis johanni
Metriaclima estherae
Red zebra
Metriaclima estherae
Nimbochromis venustus
Giraffe Cichlid
Nimbochromis venustus
Pseudotropheus lombardoiPseudotropheus lombardoi
Cichlids - Lake Tanganyika - more on setting up a Lake Tanganyika tank here
Altolamprologus calvus
Altolamprologus calvus
Cyphotilapia frontosa
Frontosa, humphead cichlid
Cyphotilapia frontosa
Cyprichromis leptosoma
species Jumbo Kitumba
Cyprichromis leptosoma
Julidochromis marlieriJulidochromis marlieri
Julidochromis ornatus
Golden Julie
Julidochromis ornatus
Lamprologus ocellatus
Gold shell-dwelling cichlid
Lamprologus ocellatus
Neolamprologus leleupi
Lemon cichlid
Neolamprologus leleupi
Cichlids - Lake Victoria
Haplochromis obliquidensHaplochromis obliquidens
Cichlids - other African
Hemichromis bimaculatus
Jewel cichlid
Hemichromis bimaculatus
Nanochromis transvestitus
Mai-Ndombe dwarf cichlid
Nanochromis transvestitus
Pelvicachromis pulcher
Kribensis
Pelvicachromis pulcher
Pelvicachromis taeniatusPelvicachromis taeniatus
Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi
Dwarf african mouthbrooder
Pseudocrenilabrus nicholsi
Tilapia jokaTilapia joka
Cichlids - South American
Aequidens curvicepsAequidens curviceps
Apistogramma agassizii
Agassiz's dwarf cichlid
Apistogramma agassizii
Apistogramma hongsloi
Apistogramma hongsloi
Astronotus ocellatus
Oscar
Astronotus ocellatus
Cichlosoma salvini
Salvins cichlid
Cichlosoma salvini
Crenicichla compressicepsCrenicichla compressiceps
Geophagus Steindachneri
Red Humped Eartheater
Geophagus Steindachneri
Mesonauta festiva
Festive cichlid
Mesonauta festiva
Nannacara anomala
Golden dwarf acara
Nannacara anomala
Papiliochromis altispinosus
Red-finned ram
Papiliochromis altispinosus
Papiliochromis ramirezi
Ram
Papiliochromis ramirezi
Pterophyllum scalare
Angel Fish
Pterophyllum scalare
Symphysodon aequifasciatus
Discus
Symphysodon aequifasciatus







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Fishkeeping Facts and Tips

Avoid tankbusters! Too many tropical fish stores sell small fish that will continue growing until too big for any home aquarium. Rehousing can be very difficult indeed. Avoid species such as the shovel-nosed and red tailed catfish


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