Cichlid Addicted - Introduction
|Apistogramma Borellii make great community tank fish|
To get the best out your Apistogramma, leaf litter and slightly darker water is advised. This can be created by adding tannins which you can get from most fish stores.
At the other end of the scale, we have Cichlids like the Oscar can get up to 30cm in size. While they are definitely not the biggest cichlid out there, I find them to be the most interactive by a long shot. With their big sad looking eyes they can easily beg for food every time you walk past the tank.
|Oscars are very interactive and can respond to commands|
Over time it is possible to teach the these intelligent fish to jump through hoops for food treats. They are also quick to learn who feeds them and will readily put on a show at feeding time.
There are several different Shell-Dwellers each having unique behavioural qualities. These little fish are not too demanding and can be enjoyed by most fishkeepers. They are also fairly easy to get a hold of from a decent fish store.
I think that fishkeepers of all experience can successfully keep and breed these amazing fish. There is a cichlid for every type of aquarium and with the character and colour they offer, there is no excuse.
Next week I will be taking a closer look at the Rift Lake Cichlids of Africa. With the help of some experienced Lothian Fishkeeper members I want to share just what is involved in keeping these vibrant, aggressive beauties with success.
Thanks for reading guys and look out for next weeks post.
bye for now.