African Cichlids

The Cichlidae family contains over 1,200 species of fish, the majority of which are found in the Tanganyika and Malawai Lakes of central Africa. Each different kind has slightly varying temperaments as well, and are resilient in captivity.

There are plenty of colors and patterns of this species for you to choose from, though it can take up to a year for them to develop full color. Coloring can be impacted by the quality of care they receive (we’ll cover that more a bit further down). Each type of African cichlid’s aggression level should be minded when placing together in an aquarium. They are more aggressive in general than other common tropical fish. Small fish should also be avoided, as they will likely become an easy meal.

It’s tempting to house African cichlids in the same tank as South American cichlids since they look similar. However, they require different care, and will likely fight.

peacock africans

The Peacock Cichlid is a stunning species of fish native to Lake Malawi. There are at least 22 different species of Peacocks, the majority of which have stunning coloration. Their coloring can vary from blues, reds to yellows and will stand out in any aquarium.

mbuna africans

Mbuna Cichlids are arguably the most recognizable of Lake Malawi African Cichlids. With their gorgeous jewel-like coloration and boisterous personality, they are truly prized among budding and seasoned cichlidphiles. This assortment of hardy Mbuna Cichlids from the Genus Pseudotropheus, offers a great way for hobbyists to enjoy these beautiful cichlids at a great price.

Tanganikan cichlids

The mighty Congo river empties into Lake Tanganyika and this mass of water is almost one mile deep with, it is thought, another three miles of sediment underneath.

Like a sea it has crabs, jellyfish, sponges, and clouds of zooplankton — yet it is totally freshwater and home to nearly 200 species of cichlid that have adapted to a unique life within its boundaries.