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African Cichlid Starter Pack - 75 gallon

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Our African Cichlid packs are designed with a variety of African cichlids from Lake Malawi and Lake Victoria. While these fish tend to be very hardy and easy to care for, please bear in mind that every tank must go through the Nitrogen Cycle process. While a tank is "cycling", the water chemistry will go through several changes; cloudy water and/or fish losses are common during this time. Adding new fish to an existing aquarium can also affect the stability of the aquarium. Acclimate all new additions and monitor your water chemistry carefully.

The 75 gallon African Cichlid Pack contains the following:

  • 1 - Kenyi - Metriaclima lombardoi - Small Juvenile (may have male or female coloration)
  • 1 - Yellow Lab - Labidochromis caeruleus - Small
  • 1 - Red Zebra - Metriaclima estherae
  • 1 - Snow White Socolofi - Pseudotropheus socolofi - Juvenile
  • 1 - Pseudotropheus demasoni - Pombo Rocks variant - Small
  • 1 - Mamela Lemon Jake - Aulonocara jacobfreibergi - Juvenile
  • 1 - Ngara Whitetail Acei - Pseudotropheus acei - Juvenile
  • 1 - Cobalt Zebra - Metriaclima callainos
  • 1 - Rusty Cichlid - Iodotropheus sprengerae - Juvenile
  • 1 - Red Empress - Protomelas taeniolatus - Small Juvenile
  • Pack Pricing is only available when packs are purchased in full. The component of these packs cannot be modified or substituted.

    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.

    Visit That Fish Blog for more information from our marine biologists and aquarium staff on African cichlids and many other topics!
  • OriginLake Malawi (Africa)
    Community SafeYes, with caution (African cichlids only)
    pH Range7.8-8.6
    Temperature Range76-80
    Dietvaries with species
    Max Size (in inches)varies with species

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    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.