• A larger aquarium is easier to maintain and easier to keep in good condition. • Cichlids are aggressive. Some cichlids are much more aggressive then other but almost all cichlids are aggressive and a larger aquarium makes it easier for weaker fishes to avoid this hostility. • Cichlid behaviour usually gets more interesting if you can keep more then one isolated pair in an aquarium. For one this allows you to see the parents guarding their young.
Water conditions: Which water conditions you should have depends on which cichlids you want to keep since their preferences differs greatly. For your first aquarium I recommend keeping species that are less sensitive to water conditions, and if you choose to try the species I will recommend in this article you normally don’t have to think about water conditions. I don’t recommend keeping cichlids from the great African lakes as your first cichlids if you are an inexperienced aquarist since they have more specialised demands.
Feeding: The cichlids I recommend accepts all kind of food, however I would recommended giving them a diverse diet consisting of pellets/flakes, frozen food and the accessional live food.
Species: Now to the fun part: choosing fish species to your new aquarium. I will give three examples on possible aquariums. The first one have it’s origin in rivers in Africa and is more friendly, while the second one features cichlids from Central America. I will also give a suggestion towards a composition that have it’s origins in the amazons. However this composition is a little bit harder to get to breed and requires a larger aquarium. I would recommend at least 50 gallon/ 200 L.
1. African cichlid aquarium (30 gallons/ 120 L) 1 pair of kribs (P. pulcher) 1 pair of African butterflycichlid (A. Thomasi) 1 pair of Egyptian mouth-brooder (P. miúlticolor) 4 ancistrus (plecos)