How To Care For African Cichlids
African cichlids are hardy fish and will remain healthy in a freshwater
aquarium if the PH value and water hardness are higher than what is required
for most other fish.
The Cichlid is one of the largest species in the world with over 1,000 to 3,000 species. Cichlids
can be found in Africa, South America, Central America and Europe. New species are being discovered
Approximately 85% of all African Cichlid species are found in the Great Rift Lakes
of East Africa, which include Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganyika, Lake Victoria, and Lake Edwards. These lakes are
among the largest in the world.
Aquarium Water Conditions for African
The best way to optimize water conditions in the aquarium is to replicate what is found in the Great Rift
lakes. Each lake houses its own species lakes so it is advisable to not mix cichlids from different lakes. In
addition each Great Lake has different water conditions.