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Cichlid Breeding
Cichlid breeding is easy with some cichlids and difficult with others, but this is made easier if you as a cichlid owner take good care of your cichlids. Keeping the aquarium clean and maintaining the conditions required by that particular cichlid will keep your cichlids healthy. This will induce them to mate more readily.

Cichlid Aquarium
 The Angelfish is one of the most popular aquarium species. These fish have an almost ethereal quality about them. No wonder they are named 'angels'. However, these angels do need to be cared for if you do not want them to fall sick. Care for them well and they will look beautiful for you in their aquarium.

Cichlid Care
Owning cichlids is not a cakewalk. You need to be able to take care of them properly. Cichlid care comes under a number of heads all of which must be taken care of effectively.  Water quality, tank conditions, and diet, among other things have to be seen to regularly.

Cichlid Disease
Taking care of cichlids cannot be done blindfolded. Fish too get sick, and it is your responsibility to observe them regularly to see whether or not they are in the best of health. Do not neglect your cichlids, and try to watch out for disease symptoms.

Cichlid Food
As with humans, cichlids too need to be provided with a well-balanced diet. Only eating meat-based foods will not do. A varied diet that includes vegetable matter as well is necessary. Fry especially need to be well-fed, else malnourishment might cause a stunting of their growth.

Oscar Cichlid
Oscar Cichlids are rather large and moderately aggressive cichlids that are found in Peru, Brazil, and French Guiana, and also along the Amazon. Intelligent enough to recognize their owners and silly enough to try to jump out of their aquarium, Oscar Cichlids are great pets to own.

Flower Horn Cichlid
There has been a great deal of controversy regarding the Flower Horn Cichlid which many regard as being a mutated species. It is in fact a cross breed, and breeders try to combine the better qualities of two different species in this fish. Believed to be lucky, this fish has become very popular in East and South-East Asia.

Ram Cichlid
The Ram Cichlid or is a colorful, relatively peace-loving cichlid from South America. Being one of the smaller cichlids, it is also sometimes referred to as the Dwarf Cichlid, and its vibrant colors have earned it the name of Butterfly Cichlid.

Salvini Cichlid
The Salvini Cichlid or Yellow-Belly Cichlid is a moderately aggressive cichlid that takes on the most vivid colors during the time of breeding. These mouth brooders are often mean to smaller fish, but their good looks make one forget their nasty streak.

Wolf Cichlid
The wolf cichlid is a fiercely aggressive cichlid. It grows to monstrous sizes, and is known to devour its own tankmates. This Central American cichlid may trouble weaker tankmates.

Green Terror Fish
Green Terror Fish or Aequidens Rivulatus is a moderately large fish that becomes extremely aggressive at the time of breeding.

Breeding Discus
Breeding discus, like breeding other kinds of fish is an art. It is difficult to breed discus perfectly at the first go, but it can be done if a number of rules are followed and if the aquarium is maintained in the best way possible.

Blue Acara
The Blue Acara, or Aequidens Pulcher is a hardy and attractive omnivorous fish. Its coloration gives it an iridescent quality. It rates low on the aggression scale, and in that, is quite different from most cichlids. These South American fish are quite easy to breed.

The severum is a very colorful cichlid from the North Amazon region. Unlike many other cichlid species, the severum is peaceful, and often shy.

Angel Fish Care
The Angelfish is one of the most popular aquarium species. These fish have an almost ethereal quality about them. No wonder they are named 'angels'. Care for them well and they will look beautiful for you in their aquarium.

The Geophagus is also referred to as the Red Hump Eartheater. A fish that seems hungry all the time, this South American species is not a very large or colorful cichlid. However it is attractive in its own way, and in fact, a male geophagus usually has several mates.

Jack Dempsey Cichlids
Jack Dempsey Cichlids are well-known for their aggressive behavior. After all, that is what led to them being called Jack Dempseys. It is quite a popular fish among fish enthusiasts because it breeds easily, and because of its aggressive manner.

Managuense Cichlid
Managuenese Cichlids are from Nicaragua. These are rather boisterous, and monstrous (both in size and in behavior) cichlids that love to live in rocks. Yet these same, seemingly bad-tempered fish make wonderful parents to fry that grow up to be equally beautiful.

Tanganyika Cichlids
The Tanganyika Cichlids are from Lake Tanganyika in Africa. This lake is one of the oldest in the world, and it contains 200 cichlid species, many of which are endemic to the lake.

Malawi Cichlid
Malawi Cichlids are from the African Lake Malawi. This lake is home to nearly 500 species of cichlids. Most of these are extremely colorful and great eye candy. These fish are territorial and often get quite aggressive. The two main types are the Mbuna and the Utaka.

The red color on its throat intensifies when this fish is excited and gives it the name: Firemouth. This medium-sized cichlid is found in the shallow, stagnant waters of Guatemala, and of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. This tall and many-colored fish tends to be quite aggressive.

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