The African cichlid is a great fish for anyone who wants to add some color and personality into their tank. They’re not only easy enough that you can find one in your local stores, but also come with different temperaments so there’s sure to be something everyone will enjoy! To help ease this process even more we’ve picked out ten of the most popular types – which means less time wasted sorting through all 500+ choices available on Amazon or eBay first-hand?
1. Electric Yellow Cichlid
The Lab Retriever is one of the most popular African cichlids for beginners. They are small, colorful and always happy to swim around your tank! Their name comes from their bright yellow coloration which really does add some sunshine in an otherwise dark waterside home aquarium setup – not that we need any more light than what these guys provide!!
The only downside might be how shy this species can get when it’s time defend itself against others near them or intermingle with other types during breeding sessions since there isn’t much hiding rocks available so make sure you match up accordingly based off personality traits between partners.
Electric yellow labs are the perfect pet for any family! They’re eager to play and hang out with you, but also love treats just as much. If it’s time to breed these amazing creatures then don’t forget that females can be mouthbrooders so they need peace while brooding their babies- which means no loud noises or sudden movements during this process since something may end up being born without teeth first due how quiet these pups are usually kept by parents who want them well protected from biting off more than they could chew because let’s face.
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2. Electric Blue Cichlid
Keeping the electric feeling, this is an amazing variation for those who want to add some royality (and color) into their tank. When compared with its yellow relatives glowlight blue cichlids tend grow larger and can sometimes measure up 8 inches long! A 70-gallon size will be needed if you plan on housing 7 females or one male; make sure it has plenty of caves too so they feel safe from other predators in nature
keeping them contained but still able enough where there’s space everywhere unlike others tanks out there.
The Axolotl is an amazing looking species that has the ability to be both omnivorous and vegetarian. This means it can eat anything from bloodworms or brine shrimp, all of which would taste great in its native tank environment with live plants upon which they might decorate your own personal aquariums at home!
When handling these little guys though make sure you do not touch any part unless specifically stated otherwise because females carry mouthbrooders – meaning if spied on film one may end up having offspring minutes later even after hatching out into free-swimming fry…
3. Auratus Cichlid
The gold version of African cichlids is a dreamy addition to any tank, if you have the space. Even though this species can grow up tp 4 or 6 inches in length it’s still quite small and does not require much food either! If one male lives alone 75 gallons should be more than enough but adding another specimen will require at least 125GB – don’t forget that these fish are very active so make sure there are plenty outlets for their energy.
Golden fish with amazing black stripes that have a preference for plant matter and low protein diets? Yes please! These fairly active creatures actually prefer feeding on spirulina over anything else, which helps maintain their vivid colors.
4. Venustus Cichlid
The beautifully vibrant blue and yellow betta is one of the most common species in home aquariums. They can grow up to 10 inches, but depending on their sex you may get either an amazing combination or just plain old brown with black markings! These gorgeous guys need some high pH water so make sure your substrate has been based off aragonite for this purpose too- else they’ll suffer from poor health issues like white patches near fins (due lack thereof) due?”.
The lion fish is a omnivorous cichlid, but they really enjoy meat. You may feed them on smaller fish occasionally too!
5. Bumblebee Cichlid
The black and yellow stripes on this fish are unlike any other. It has a golden base coloration, which transitions into brown or dark horizontal lines that run through it like an oil spill in watercolor painting techniques. If you’re looking for something different to add some life into your tank then these guys may just do the trick!
Keeping these fish in captivity is not an easy task. They need a pH level of 7 to 8, which means you will have vegetarian meals for them every day!
The super- submergent deep African lakes from where they come can provide this kind on requirements as well but it’s best if their diet also includes meat or plants so make sure there are plenty around when feed time comes around because these guys really love everything that moves under water – even people might think twice before messing with one after seeing how mean looking they actually look while swimming about…
6. Frontosa Cichlid
The biggest and most colorful fish on this list is the cichlid. They have an amazing bump at their front head, which can grow up to 12 inches in size! These beauties also make for a great choice if you’re looking because they stay around 20 years with average care- though that doesn’t include any major illnesses or accidents along those lines either way (you know how kids are).
The parents of these creatures are some the most amazing creature you will ever meet. After mouthbrooding their eggs for almost a month, they’ll regularly take care and protect their fry until it’s grown up!
7. Jewel Cichlid
These critters are known for their vibrant coloration and high activity level. They require a larger tank than other fish, but can make up some interesting moments while you watch them swim around! These creatures do not grow over 6 inches in captivity (fters usually don’t even reach 2 feet), so keep this factor into account when deciding how big your aquarium should be if planning on getting one as well- they’re quite aggressive towards other tanksmates sometimes too!.
Then there’s the matter of diet. Cats need plenty space and lots to eat, because they can be territorial about their food source – especially if it is something that was given by humans (or other animals).
8. Blue Dolphin Cichlid
This beautiful blue fish is typically found in large groups and can grow up to 8 inches long. It has an orange head-hump, making it one of the more colorful cichlids available on today’s market! This particular type requires massive tanks since they are so expansive – 125 gallons or more would be ideal for keeping multiple males with females as recommended but pairs well alone too if you’re looking at smaller quarters like me (I only have 55).
Then there are the blue dolphin cichlids. These fish live in an environment where they need to hunt for food, which means that you cannot just plant anything without considering what your aquarium might be composed of – if it has sand or rocks as foundation material then forget about planting any kind grasses because these Carnivore will uproot them and bones apart! That being said though; even with such restrictions on seemingly ‘carnivable’ greens (though not really) these stylish Selenops still manage some impressive color combinations thanks largely due their wide variety diet selection: insects like aphids.
9. White Spotted Cichlid
Some people might find it difficult to keep a betta fish, but the trade-off for this is that you get an interesting variety in your tank. The coloration of these tropical predators ranges from light greenish brown on their heads and tails down through dark purples near where they attach themselves with tiny white spots all over its body . As juvenile aquatic creatures grow up into adults , there’s always something new happening! Boredom will never exist when observing one because whatever time passes by can be spent figuring out how different foods work best suited just right around us here.
10. Zebra Shell Dweller
Zebra Shell dwellers are unique in that they can only be safely placed into small tanks with 10 gallons or less. They grow to 2 inches long and have a bold temperament, so you’ll want them around other sensitive fish like bettas if possible! These cichlids feed off protein-only foods – make sure your tank has plenty of empty shells for dining convenience (and because it’s cool).
We hope you have found the perfect fish for your home, and we know that they will be a great addition. We always love hearing about new pets in our inbox!
A few months ago when I started this blog post on “The Most Pet-Suitable Types Of African Cichlids” it was actually pretty easy because there were only 4 types available to purchase at pet stores or online; but now after writing multiple articles with different information each day – plus having conversations via email backandforth.