AMERICAN & NEW WORLD CICHLIDS
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.