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African Cichlid


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African Cichlids are generally peaceful with fish of the same size and temperament, but may eat any fish small enough to fit into their mouths. They may also be territorial and aggressive to others of their species. Cichlids are middle swimmers, so be sure to add some top and bottom swimmers as well. Ask a PetSmart associate to help you choose.

Features: May be territorial or aggressive
Includes: 1 Fish
Experience Level: Advanced
Swimming Level: Middle
Color: Blue
Size: Maximum Size 4-6 in

Feeding Instructions:
Diet: Flake, Frozen, Spirulina

Housing: 29+ gallon tank, Plus rock and/or driftwood, Water temperature 72-82 degrees F

Note: Note: Pet availability is seasonal. State and local regulations may vary. Pricing may vary by store location. PetSmart stores cannot match the price above for this pet. Ask a store associate for details. African cichlids are very popular with fish hobbyists because there are so many different types to choose from. There are many species of African cichlids, including the rock-dwelling cichlids from Lakes Malawi and Tanganyika. These active and intriguing freshwater fish come in a range of eye-catching colors and sizes, allowing you to create a diverse, fascinating show tank.

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African Cichlid
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African Cichlid
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African Cichlid is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome fish I bought several of these fish, they are brightly colored and better bought in pairs. I have noticed when purchased alone they tend to chase the other fish and nip at fins, when bought in pairs they stay to chasing each other around the tank, not hurting just chasing. They do tend to get aggressive over their chosen areas so they do not do well with passive fish, better with semi aggressive.
Date published: 2013-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cute, Healthy, and Fun to watch!! i bought one of these little guys he seems healthy and very active and colorful he is a tan color. I've had him for about a week and i will be getting at least two more for my aquarium. He is quite small all of them were he's only 1inch. BUT do research before buying one of these guys! have fun
Date published: 2012-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing Fun Fish- just do your research b4 buying I did a huge amount of research before starting an african cichlid tank. I'm still learning but not a beginner when it comes to aquariums. Bought my fish on sale, all juveniles and the same size 1". Got four the first time I went to the store, and even though my tank has been set up for over 4 months, haven't went back to get more just yet. I love watching them dig in the sand, and make their own nooks and caves. The problem is the generic "Assorted African Cichlids" tag at the store. You don't really know what species they are just that there are some yellow, some blue, maybe an albino. This has caused a problem in my tank because I ended up getting a Red Zebra that has grown 3x the rest of them in no time at all, and now rules the tank. I also have a poor little Acei that hasn't grown at all in the time I have had him. After a while i thought it was stress, but the other fish haven't grown very much either. I am considering returning two of these fish and get some more of the same species that are left, and properly stock the tank.
Date published: 2012-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best fish if you want color, action, and breeding I've had Africans for years now and prefer to them to the South Americans due to the variety. They breed easily, but if you are keeping them for this purpose, be prepared to have a separate tank for offspring. You'll lose most babies if you don't. Slight "over crowding" is best as it'll limit the domination of the one male who wants to rule the tank. Add an African Feather Fin or most types of Synodonis and you'll have the most amazing tank ever.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very fun fish My husband got 4 of these fish - 2 yellow, 1 albino, and 1 blue. They are very active and happy fellows. They eat well and definitely have great personalities. They follow me from each end of the tank as far as they can. Recommended very highly.
Date published: 2010-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fish! I didn't buy them all at one time but I ended up with 20 eventually. They are very interesting to watch and very smart fish. They know when dinner time is and will swim up to my hand.(caution: you may get wet during feeding time, they always splash me!) I recomend buying them all at once and packing them tight. I started out with 5 but they kept attacking each other so I added more. And for some reason they kept picking on the 2 albino fish I had in the tank. They don't harm algae eaters thought. Anyways, great fish for the expierenced!
Date published: 2012-03-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Fish!! 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.
Date published: 2013-02-08
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