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AMERICAN & NEW WORLD CICHLIDS

Family: CICHLIDAE

Cichlids are a brilliant group of aquarium fishes that some people are obsessed by due to their behavior. They are territorial fish that like an area of the tank to call their own and will not allow others into, especially at breeding time.

They are egg layers that in general protect and look after the young. At times these fish can be quite aggressive and do best in large aquaria with other cichlids and larger fishes.

Feeding is easy as most cichlids will eat anything, but the American fish usually do well with a mix of bloodworms, daphnia and dried pellets.

Coming from planted areas in America they generally prefer softer water, although they are quite hardy and will tolerate a wider range of water parameters, pH 6-7.5.

Mixing America and African cichlids together has been long debated. I have found that behaviorly they are OK to mix, but their diets and preferred water conditions are so different, its probably not wise with all species.

As ever, when introducing cichlids follow our guide. If your fish bully the new ones seperate them and change the decor around to avoid fatalities.

There are several different latin names given to these species with the Americans giving them new names. I prefer the original ones, but will include the new in order that you can find them using google search.

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Bolivian Ram

CODE: NH-BOLIVIAN

£7.00
In stock : 1
Microgeophagus altispinosa, Crenicara altispinosa, Papiliochromis altispinosus The Bolivian Ram is a social fish that will form pairs, which often remain... More

Electric Blue Ram
£12.00
In stock : 8
Apistogramma ramirezi,Microgeophagus ramirezi,Papiliochromis ramirezi The Electric Blue Ram is a dwarf cichlid which is a social fish that will form pairs,... More

Firemouth Cichlid
£8.00
In stock : 1
Cichlasoma Meeki, Thorichthys Meeki The Firemouth Cichlid is a beautiful, peaceful cichlid that is somewhat territorial, especially during spawning. Its... More

Gold Severum
£8.00
In stock : 2
Heros severus The Severum is also known as the Banded Cichlid. The Severum has an iridescent sheen to its scales and off-white to gold background color.... More

OSCAR RED 2"
£12.00
In stock : 1
Astronotus ocellatus The Oscar, also known as the Marble or Velvet Cichlid, makes a great addition to a large aquarium. There are several color variations... More

Parrot Cichlid

CODE: ND-PARROT

£25.99
In stock : 1
The Red Parrot cichlid is a hybrid species probably crossed from a Severum and Red Devil. Therefore it has no scientic name. It is a much loved cichlid due... More

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