CichlidFish.com welcomes all fish aficionados and anyone contemplating delving into the fish hobby. This site, as the name implies, focuses on cichlid fish (not spelled chiclid or chichlid). Cichlids are generally freshwater tropical fish known in the aquaria hobby for their intelligence and pet-like demeanor. Think of a row of fish hitting the fishtank glass in unison and wagging their tails while giving you that cute meow food-begging look, eating from your hand, and actually 'playing' with things in the tank or riding jet streams for fun!
They also have very interesting and intricate mating rituals with males vying for female's attention through elegant displays though sometimes they can play pretty rough making it seem like a fight not courtship. Some cichlids in fact, are very very aggressive and males may not tolerate other males within their self-proclaimed territory!
Cichlids are also noted for the care they give their young; mouth brooders, such as the Malawi Cichlids and other lay eggs in a basin hollowed in the sand or gravel and after the male fertilizes the eggs the female picks them up and safely stores them in her mouth and when they're hatched and ready to explore she spits them out.
The family Cichlidae, a major family of perciform fish, is both large and diverse. Estimates of the number of cichlid species range from 1,300 to 1,900, making it one of the three largest vertebrate families.Cichlids span a wide range of body sizes, from species as small as 2.5 centimeters (1.0 inches) in length to much larger species approaching 3 feet (1 meter) in length. There's a well-sized cichlid for every fish-tank! It is generally recommended that first timers start with a smaller aquarium and smaller cichlids such as the convicts.
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