Fish of the Week: Cichlid

Sorry to have missed last week’s fish! We’ve been busy around here. Finally got some anesthetic drug, big nets and all our state paperwork! Time to get going!

Many special thanks to all the friends and family who attended our launch party this weekend at Bantam in Santa Cruz. It was a great way to kick off the start of this amazing company. Now, on to the fish…

This week’s fish is: The Cichlid

Discus - courtesy of wikipedia
Discus – courtesy of wikipedia

Cichlids have been growing in popularity as an aquarium fish over the years. Those species coming from the African great lakes are the most well-known, but there are an estimated 2,000-3,000 different species of cichlids! They range in size from a few centimeters up to a full meter. They come in every shape and color imaginable. Tilapia and discus are cousins within this family! They are usually divided into 3 groups, based on their origin: African, Central/North American, and

Tilapia - courtesy of wikipedia
Tilapia – courtesy of wikipedia

South American. If you would like to start a cichlid tank, make sure you know about the specific species you would like to have. Cichlids have a broad range of temperature tolerances and water quality parameters.

Interested in knowing more? Check out these resources below!

Cichlid Forum

Aquatic Community – Cichlid

American Cichlid Association

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