The African cichlids contain some of the most colorful of all freshwater fishes. The cichlids are an enormous family of fish and they offer the widest variety of body shapes and behaviors of all freshwater fishes.
This wonderful group is further complimented by their remarkable behavior, it is highly complex yet ritualistic. They are very active and many can be very personable, readily greeting their keepers and begging for food. These are the characteristics that make cichlids a favorite attraction for many hobbyists. African cichlids take the prize for the largest and smallest cichlids in the world! The largest recorded cichlid is the Boulengerochromis microlepis which reaches up to 36" (90 cm) in length. In contrast there is the Nanochromis transvestitusus, which is the smallest known cichlid and barely reaches over an inch in length!
Temperature: 76 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit
Origin: East Africa