Not bad for beginners
I have been an aquarist for awhile, and cichlids are my favorite fish to keep. They're intelligent, and about as colorful as you can get without buying a salt water setup. Most cichlid purists would rather flush assorted cichlids down the toilet since they are hybrids, but these guys didn't ask to get bred. So, my philosophy is, as long as you don't intend to breed and sell these little guys, then take one home. As others have mentioned, these guys can be aggressive. It's all about territoriality. Give your fish plenty of places to hide. Get cichlid rocks, or caves. Every fish needs to have at least one place to call home. Ensure that your fish are on a proper diet. Are you providing organic food (i.e. flakes) if they require it, or live food (i.e. fry) if they need it? If you balance out your tank, aggression will be minimal. These little guys really are fun to have in your tank.
January 25, 2014
Love, love, love these little guys!
I can't say how much I love these fish! I have bought several assorted cichlids from PetsMart and they have all done great. I have 3 of the bright orange mixed guys, 3 yellow fish with black horizontal stripes (they look like female auratus cichlids), and a random light blue one, along with some demasoni, yellow labs, and brichardi cichlids. They are all one big happy family. I want to eventually add one or two more from the mixed tank. They have so much personality and spunk. I highly recommend them to anyone who has done their research. Awesome fish! :)
November 19, 2013
Great,beautifully colored fish!!!
I purchased 3 of the orange colored african cichlids and there awesome!!!!! There colors r so pretty and there all doin great!! One in particular is thriving. I love these fish and would totally recommend this fish to anyone who wants one:)
August 16, 2013
A while back I had quite a few cichlids. I had a few yellows, an electric blue, a few black convicts, and an albino. All of them were very active, and got along pretty well. I even had a rainbow shark with them, and they didn't bother him one bit. My parents also owned numerous cichlids in various breeds and sizes, and they are still my parents' favorite type of fish. Unfortunately, when we moved a couple years ago, we had to take the tanks down and sell the fish. I have just put my tank back up and am planning on buying more of these fun little guys. I highly recommend these fish.
February 7, 2013