Is cichlid freshwater fish?
Cichlids are a large family of freshwater fishes that can be found in Africa, Central and South America, parts of Jordan, Iran, India and Sri Lanka. It is estimated that there are at least 1,350 species of cichlids worldwide, with hundreds more species yet to be discovered.
What kind of water do cichlids need?
Cichlids prefer warm water with a high pH. While cichlids tend to be able to tolerate a wide variety of temperatures and water types, their colors will appear brighter and more vibrant in water with a pH of around eight. Many pet and aquarium stores sell aquarium additives that are designed for cichlids.
How big of a tank do cichlids need?
A good rule of thumb for African Cichlids is to get at least a 4-foot-wide aquarium. African cichlids do better when crowded with other African cichlids, but they should be monitored for aggressive behavior and removed if needed.