Aquarium cichlids or Cichlidae is a family of fish squad okuneobraznyh, in which more than 1,300 species, of which 600 live in aquariums and have at least 100 different color forms.
African cichlids of lake Malawi
In addition to the small species of cichlids aquarium, which will be discussed below, the larger species, like the Mozambique tilapia in Africa and the Indian etroplus, grow big, up to half a metre. Cichlids species which reach such dimensions, valuable as a food fish in their places of habitat. The body length of different species ranges from 5-70 cm In nature, they inhabit mostly freshwater, although some species live in salt water seas, easily changing environment. Some of them feed on algae, other worms, mollusks and insect larvae. Many species, growing up, become predators. Cichlids aquarium is very interesting for its color, originality of forms and complex behavior. They’re great parents and grown offspring selfless and original. So some features of the contents of these fish will be interesting for both beginners and experienced enthusiasts. Continue reading
Taking the decision to start an aquarium, it is very important to take care of is to populate the aquarium with compatible species of fish. Otherwise some fish will hunt for others or eat their food, while others will be constantly in danger. So the compatibility of aquarium fish is a very important factor that should take into account the novice aquarists.
It is known that in nature, the coexistence of different species is regulated in a natural way: for each other fish just will not be settling there. But in the aquarium by the will of man predatory and peaceful fish have to be “neighbors” that usually leads to problems: the strong eat the weak, and the number of inhabitants of the aquarium has been steadily declining.
However, not only in danger of eating some types of fish other lies the reason for the incompatibility aquarium fish among themselves. There are also problems related to the content of different species of fish in the aquarium associated with different needs for water parameters, the size of the available area, presence of aquatic plants, etc. Continue reading