Join our community of cichlid lovers today. These fish come from a wide variety of environs from volcanic lakes to fast flowing rivers and streams.
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The amazon river is home to lots of south american cichlids but some species can be found in slow moving streams across the continent and even up into central america. In south american rainforests there is a group of small fish usually called dwarf cichlids. Click on each picture to see a bigger picture.
African cichlids are conservatively estimated at about 1300 species while south american cichlids and central american cichlids are estimated at about 570 species. They range from the diminutive ramirezi to hefty oscars and their behaviors vary from extremely peaceful to belligerent bordering on murderous. Taken by us in one of our aquariums.
This is a dwarf cichlid species from the amazon rainforest. The actual number of cichlid species is unknown but are generally estimated somewhere between 2000 to 5000 with at least 1300 species scientifically described. The choice of freshwater aquarium you plan to set up often begins with the choice of tropical fish species you would like to keep in it.
These are about 0 5 inches. New world cichlids are a diverse group of fish often referred to as south or central american cichlids. American cichlids are a hardy easy to care for fish species that add brilliant color to the freshwater aquarium.
Cichlids of 6 inches 15 cm or less need at least a 20 gallon tank. Cichlids up to 8 inches 20 cm long need at least a 29 gallon tank. With species that vary so greatly in body habitat and behaviors it is very difficult to generalize and these fish really need to be.
Besides personal preferences there are. How do i set up my south and central american cichlid s home. Map source in general limestone predominates so most central american cichlids prefer hard.
South american cichlids represent a very diverse group of fish that are well represented in the aquarium hobby. The minimum size of your aquarium depends on how many cichlids you have and how big they will be as adults. Neotropical american cichlid fish in freshwater fish tanks.
Some of these cichlids have even adapted to brackish environments. Often kept in the same aquarium with angelfish. Central america is the home of a wide variety of cichlid species many of which have found their way into the aquarium hobby.