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Why African Cichlids?

Updated: Feb 1, 2023

You will never get bored of African cichlids. Among the three large lakes in Africa (Victoria, Malawi, and Tanganyika), there are more than 1,200 different and unique species that have been identified. And there are hundreds more that are endemic to the rivers surrounding these three lakes. Almost a third of these are readily available to the average aquarist. So, if you ever think you’re tired of the species you’ve got, there are always hundreds more to check out. No matter how long you’ve been in the hobby, or how serious you are, there is always one you haven’t tried. Not to mention that new species are constantly being collected, identified, and classified.

African cichlids are also very aggressive fish. For the beginner this may be daunting, but if enough about their behavior and needs is understood, this attribute can be turned to the advantage of the aquarist. One of the advantages this aggression has is that African cichlids can be “crowded.” When kept in a crowded environment, aggressive and dominant fish tend to lose their victims in the crowd. Crowding is actually a condition that is found in the wild, as they are often found in densities as high as 10-18 fish per square meter. Think of this “controlled crowding” as a gift to the cichlid enthusiast. Just imagine, a tank packed with bright, colorful, and active fish. And you can certainly house three times the number per gallon than you could if you had a saltwater tank!

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