Acquired: Worked with fish (didn’t own)
Portland, California, United States
Posted Nov 22, 2015
African cichlids are very aggressive and I recommend keeping them in a species only tank. I like this fish because blue is my favorite color and I enjoy being able to find fish with nice blue colors. Their aggression was too much for me and not at all stress relieving so I don't keep them any more.
They get around 4" full grown and because they need to be kept in large groups (or alone) to disperse aggression they should be kept in no less than 55 gallons and larger is better. For best outcomes the tank should also be heavily decorated with rocks and strong hearty plants.
They are very easy to feed mine ate pellets, mysis shrimp, and nibbled at algae wafers (as well the algae eaters, gotta choose those carefully).
They will attack most other fish so a species tank with other African cichlids is really your only option. Mine killed off the pleco I put in the tank but were more tolerant of the Chinese algae sharks I added, or the sharks were just faster and better at hiding.
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