African cichlids are a group of fishes that belong to the Cichlidae family. They are colorful, active, and strong. African cichlids are commonly found in most of the lakes in Africa, especially Tanganyika, Victoria, and Most importantly Malawi Lake. Aquarius loveto keep African cichlids in their aquarium. African butterfly, Yellow African, African peacock cichlid, Orange zebra cichlid, and many more are the most common species of Cichlids.
African cichlids are found in different sizes, colors, and patterns. They are also known for their interesting behavior. Fish keepers like to take advice from the African cichlid fish care guide before keeping African cichlids with them. Some of the people thought it’s not easy to keep African cichlids, but they might be wrong. Fish keepers just need to keep a few things in mind while keeping African cichlids.
The tank should be bigger. As the African cichlids are very active, therefore they need more space. For example, a 55-gallon tank can be fitted for 15-20 Cichlids. The pH of water in the tank should be 7.5-9.0. Fish keepers also need to maintain the temperature of water between 77-86° F.
Filtration systems and lighting
The aquarium of cichlids produces a lot of waste; therefore it’s important to have a good and strong filter system to ensure the quality of water. Aquarists love to provide lighting in the aquarium, but they can’t provide the sunlight because it’s harmful. Therefore, they prefer to use an LED light that provides enough lightning and also protects the aquarium from extra heat.
Rocks and plants
African cichlids need the rock-dwelling environment for different purposes including mating. It’s a good idea to fill the aquarium with live plants, lots of rock and sand to replicate the natural habitat.
These simple requirements are enough for the aquarist to keep the African cichlids in their aquarium.