Types of CichlidThere are numerous types of cichlid to choose from, many of them beautiful to look at, but there are a lot of other factors you need to take into account when choosing the right one for your aquarium.
- Blue Texas Cichlids - Comparatively hardy and adaptable, these are a great species to start off with. They are fond of digging and will quickly uproot plants.
- Convicts - These distinctive stripy fish are among the most popular aquarium species they grow to just four or five inches long and are notably easy to breed.
- Red Devils - Brilliantly coloured, these fish are highly active, but this may sometimes sill over into aggression. They enjoy digging up plants.
- Jaguars -With truly exotic markings, these can make an impressive contribution to a community tank, but they are usually too aggressive to keep with others of their own species and sex.
- Dickfeldi's Slender Cichlids -Small and non-aggressive, these fish are best kept in pairs. They don't require a lot of space and can do well in community tanks.
Breeding CichlidsOne of the reasons why cichlids are so enduringly popular with aquarists is their fascinating breeding behaviour.
You'll probably first realise your cichlids are ready to breed when their colours get brighter and they begin to chase one another.
Males will expend a great deal of energy driving off rivals and trying to impress females, as well as burrowing to prepare suitable nest spots for eggs to be laid.
Despite all this care, however, cichlids often eat their own eggs. It is unwise to try to remove the adults to prevent this, as doing so can cause extreme stress. If it happens, be patient. Your cichlids will soon get it right, and once the fry hatch out they will be protective parents.