The Chichlid

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African Cichlid

The Cichlid (pronounced: sick-lid) is a freshwater fish found in warmer waters. There are over 1500 species and more are still to be classified.

Species include:

  • the African Cichlid
  • Peacock Cichlid
  • Ram Cichlid
  • Convict Cichlid
  • Texas Cichlid
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Jaguar Cichlid
  • Jaguar Cichlid
  • Hap Cichlid
  • Malawi Cichlid
  • Bumblebee Cichlid
  • Wolf Cichlid
  • And many, many more

Including:

  • Angel Fish
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Black Veil Angel Fish
  • Oscar
  • Discus Fish

And hybrids such as:

  • The Red Texas Fish
  • Blood Parrot Cichlid
  • And many, many more

Cichlids cross-breed with other species naturally in the wild, this is how they become so wide-spread. Aquarium enthusiasts also interbred their Chichlids and produce Hybrids, such as the Red Texas.

Although plentiful in number; there are actually 184 cichlid species classified as vulnerable, 52 as endangered, and 106 as critically endangered.

They are small to medium-sized fish and are quite hardy, which makes them easy keepers for beginner aquarium enthusiasts. Their bright colors and social nature will surely bring life to your fish tank. They are highly active and can be aggressive during mating periods.

 

Convict Cichlid

To reduce fighting, make sure there are plenty of hiding spaces in your tank; such as caves. Also limit the species variety in your tank. Try to stick with more of the same type of Cichlid or bottom-dwelling fish, for variation of your tank.

The more common types of cichlids, like the African, sell anywhere between $5-$15 whereas the rarer types can sell for over $100.

Cichlid have teeth. Some species exhibit smaller ones that are ment for scraping algae off of surfaces while others have larger, pointier sets for eating other fish and insects. Regardless of the variety, all species shed their teeth every 100 days. Plankton eating Chichlids have evolved into having a longer lower jaw and having photoreceptors in their retinas to better find their foods.

Be wary of tank filters that place under the tanks substrate. Many Cichlid like to dig and borough which will expose much of the tanks bottom. Since some species enjoy eating plantation, be mindful while selecting plant-life for your tank.

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