African Cichlid Starter Pack - 75 gallon
The 75 gallon African Cichlid Pack contains the following:
Malawian and Victorian cichlids are similar in care and temperament, leading to fish from these two lakes being grouped together in the hobby. Several hundreds species of cichlid are found in Lake Malawi, along with many regional variations, but Lake Victoria has far fewer due to the introduction of invasive predators. Most cichlids in both lakes are rock-dwellers. They seldom stray far from the rocky bottoms and sides of the lake and will quickly dart into the rocks to hide. As with all cichlids, they are very territorial and will not tolerate other cichlids around “their” crevice.
Two of the most popular groups of these cichlids are the “Peacocks” (mostly the Aulonocara genus) and “Mbuna's” (native term for “rock fish” and including the genera Pseudotropheus, Labidochromis, Maylandia, Melanochromis and others). While aggression and compatibility can vary from species to species, mixing Mbuna and Peacock cichlids is not usually recommended. Mbuna cichlids tend to be more aggressive and may bully the usually more passive Peacocks but some Mbuna cichlids are far more aggressive than others. Several other groups of cichlids can also be found from these lakes, some of which can be large and aggressive predators; research all choices carefully.
Decor for a Malawi/Victoria aquarium should be very rocky. Rock “piles” and shelf-like backgrounds are common designs and can be made from tufa rock, lava rock or slate. Substrates can range from the whitish coral sand used in saltwater aquariums to black freshwater sand or even regular decorative gravels. Wood tends to lower pH and is not usually recommended for African cichlid aquariums.
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|Origin||Lake Malawi (Africa)|
|Community Safe||Yes, with caution (African cichlids only)|
|Diet||varies with species|
|Max Size (in inches)||varies with species|
Ratings & Reviews
by Judy Roble
After having a really bad experience with another online fish store, I was very happy with my order, the fish are doing great and are eating and very active, I will order from your company again.
healthy little fish
The fish that come in this bunch are quite small, but they are extremely healthy and worth the $$. A nice mix of higly active fish.They were packed nice and tight in their little baggies, then bubble wraped, put in a foam box and then again in a shipping box.