There are more than1,4 00 species of cichlids—most dwell in Lake Mala-wi. However, you can find them elsewhere, too, like Madagascar and southern Asia; they’re becoming popular amongst aquarists because there are personality differences with colour variations for different types that require environmental needs to thrive.
If you want 40+ fish, then I recommend this list though some may be very demanding aggressive or otherwise hard to keep depending on what your skillset is about
1 Dog-tooth Cichlid
A small, colourful fish with an exciting name that can change depending on its mood. The Dogtooth Cichlid is native to Lake Malawi, but the different colours have made them popular in aquariums worldwide!
2 Elec-tric Blue- Hap
These fish can reach almost 8 inches in captivity, and they aren’t typically aggressive with other tankmates, but beginners should still beware as these angels might tend to be more dominant than others of their kind
– because who knows what you’re getting into?
3 Elec-tric Blue- Joha-nni
They’re not tough, meaning they require extra care and attention that many other aquarium inhabitants don’t need to thrive – like having the right water quality or temperature, for example. You’ll also have trouble finding them at pet stores because only experienced aquarists should attempt caring for this species of pistol fish!
These guys are often aggressive, so be prepared if you plan to bring home one from your local pond shop instead of ordering online.
4 Eletric Yellow- Cichlid
These little guys only grow to three inches total so that they will stay cute forever! Since these fish aren’t giant and don’t have much personality or aggression, it can be an excellent choice as long as you watch out for their behaviour in case something does go wrong with one of them – but usually, nothing ever comes up until after things settle down from new arrivals who may not know what’s happening yet around here (I’m looking at YOU!).
The spiny auratus is known for its aggressiveness and even temperament. It has an elongated body with prominent scales that make it look mean—but they don’t let their appearance fool you! These cichlids are highly intelligent, so pairing one up can be easy as pie (with some patience). They stay under five inches as adults but still require good care if handled by someone without experience or training beforehand.
6 Liv-ing-stonii- Cichlid
These big predators reach nearly 10 inches in adulthood but they need 125 gallons or more for their setup space! The Livingstonii is generally peaceful with its own kind and will go after other community dwellers that come into range so be careful when adding this cichlid into your tank because it’s not just another common people like you might think.
7 Red- Emp-ress
The red empress cichlid is a fish with an attractive body and tall, narrow shape. They are semi-aggressive but can be worked into the proper setup for beginners who want to behave themselves! These beautiful creatures grow almost six inches as adults – 75 gallons minimum needed here, too, of course.
8 Mala-w-i Eye-biter
these fish are known for their size. they can grow up to 10 inches as adults! They also need to swim often in order not feel lonely, so if you have the space, it would be best with at least 125 gallons of water where these guys will live comfortably without feeling cramped or suffocated by too little swimming room like other less aggressive tanks might allow them time after time again?
The output should still maintain its professionalism though.
9 Venustus Cichlid
The venustus cichlid is an exciting fish that will surely stand out in your tank. You’ll need a big one, though these guys get nearly 10 inches once they’re mature and water per individual animal.
10 African Butterfly Peacock Cichlid
These gorgeous fish are known for their insect-like appearance. They come in three different colours, making them the perfect candidate if you want to create a unique look with your aquarium decorations! These semi-aggressive occupants only grow eight inches tall, but they can live peacefully among others their size. These cichlids must have plenty of hiding spots, so be sure to provide some rockwork or caves on either side of its tank’s layout as well as along both ends where this type may swim around freely without feeling threatened by other tanks’ inhabitants since they aren’t too aggressive towards humans unless it feels provoked first.
The African Butterfly Peacock Cichlid has hooded eyes and markings all over its body, resembling those seen often.
11 Flavescent Peacock
These beautiful fish, otherwise known as Grant’s peacock, can be found in yellow and brown bands with silver stripes. They have a blue head that makes them stand out from other aquarium residents! These guys grow up six inches long but need 55 gallons for free swimming space- not too bad considering how easy it is to care for this aquatic animal.
This article talks about two different types: flavescent (which we’ll call “Peacocks”)and Tanganyika lionfish which measure 3 inches when mature; they will eat any invertebrate or plantlife within reach unless given specific instructions otherwise by their owner.
12 Sun-shine- Peacock
These guys can grow up to six inches tall and need 55-gallon tanks at least – they’re great for experienced or novice aquarium keepers alike!
13 Blue Daktari
Daktari’s are a tint of lemon yellow with blue hues. They have near-natural markings that stand out, such as around the eyes and mouth area on their heads – it almost looks like they’re wearing sunglasses! These fish can grow up to four inches depending upon how large your tank is; however, 50 gallons would be ideal for two da trains together or one solo dweller alike: this will provide them with enough space, so neither feels cramped during exploration periods (which last an average 1 minute per day.
14 Bumble-bee -Mouth-brooder
It’s been compared to bees and can sting like one too – metaphorically speaking, of course! These fish are very aggressive, so only experienced aquarists should have them in their tanks. They grow around 5 inches long on average, with most reaching 6″, needing at least 50 gallons for themselves plus room to expand into territory if needed.
15 Kenyi Cichlid
The key cichlid is a beautiful silverfish with black bands.They won’t eat anybody (since they’re vegetarian) but might pick up some fights or two in your Aquarium if given enough space to grow into adults; these omnivores can reach up to six inches long when fully grown and need at least 50 gallons of water per each individual plus food source diversity like live foods such as worms for meaty additions.
Aquariums more significant than 10 Gallons For Their Behavior To Thrive.
16 Red Zebra
The red zebra cichlid is one of the more vibrant types out there, making it perfect for any tank. It can be challenging to care for, but they are worth your time if you’re looking into getting started with aquariums or building an extensive collection! Be sure that they reach up to five inches in size and need at least 50 gallons per specimen – which will provide enough room without feeling too crowded like some other larger fish might do). These monsters aren’t aggressive so long as their space isn’t invaded by accident; however, when these guys feel threatened by another animal moving towards their territory during mating season (late June through August), watch out because things may get ugly real fast!.
17 Blue Neon Cichlid
The blue neon cichlid is a colourful fish that is not only eye-catching but also very active. These Angelfish can be found in freshwater and saltwater tanks alike, with an ideal water depth of 6 inches up to ten feet for this species unless they are breeding pairs where you will need more space than usual (upwards of 25 gallons). Neon stills come equipped with bright colours, which means it’s best if their tank has some lighting too! Make sure your Aquarium meets all these requirements before adding any new additions. Hence, avoid stressing out the poor things or, worse yet – selling them on eBay without ever getting another chance at life again because nobody wants such ugly.
18 Convict Julie
Convict Julies are one of the most beautiful and hardy fish you can get your hands on. They like tweeting their existence in a 20-gallon tank, which is perfect for those who have just started with aquarium pets! Even though these Cichlids reach sizes up to 11 inches long, they’re still very manageable provided that it has plenty of room left over. Hence, not restricting swimming movements too much or else leads to injuries from being cramped up against another animal’s body when there isn’t enough space available within its environment. That said, Convicts do enjoy company but avoid getting pairs if possible because this type will often become competitive towards other similar-sized counterparts growing nearby.
19 lemon Cichlid
The lemon cichlid is a small, thin-bodied fish that radiates neon yellow.The best way to deal with these aggressive types, though, would be to involve other like-minded friends or family members who can keep an eye out on what goes into yours, too, if things go south.
20 Mas-ked Julie
The beautiful and colourful Julie is a small fish found in the wild with bands on its body. They usually only reach around three inches as an adult, but Julies have been known to grow up until five centimetres if provided enough food sources! These adorable little guys make excellent beginner aquarists because they’re hardy enough for new tanks yet still pretty sensitive about their environment, so you don’t need too much aggression from your partner when handling them.
Are you wondering how do I start keeping cichlids? You may not think of it first off since this type of animal requires special care, unlike most others who swim around looking cute all day long-but. Believe me: these curious creatures will quickly turn into some vicious predators once given.
21 Sar-dine -Cichlid
These cuties grow up to four inches in size and require a 55-gallon tank with plenty of hiding spots. Still, even though they are semi-aggressive on first impressions, it is possible for beginners can handle them finesse thanks essentially down their adorevitable personalities!
22 white Pearly Calvus
The white pearly canvas is a unique fish with its polka dots and elongated face. It can reach up to six inches as an adult. Still, they require specific living conditions to survive well-like other hardy species of freshwater tropicals such as tetras or scalevores from Brazil who need about 40 gallons per specimen – not including any gravel bottom tanks!
23 Spot-fin -Goby
They’re not the best choice for beginners to keep since they need care that’s advanced enough – which means you should only consider this species if other fishies are badmouthing your more common varieties all day long (but don’t worry about us!
24 Lionhead Cichlid
The lionhead cichlid is an excellent fish for beginners.These peaceful creatures grow up to 5 inches long, which means they need at least 30 gallons of space each when you’re ready to add one as an adult – but don’t worry because this isn’t hard.
The angelfish is a peaceful and hard-to-miss fish in the Aquarium. These visual predators need at least 30 gallons of water to swim around freely, but they’ll be happy with less space if it equals more food! Many different types have been bred from selective breeding techniques over time – some even glow under UV light or change colour depending on their moods (also called “cryptic”). Suppose you’re housing multiple species together without knowing what might cause conflict between them. In that case, this makes sense: make sure none get stressed out because more excellent environmental factors will only worsen matters instead of help resolve anything right away.
26 Flowerhorn Cichlid
The flower horn cichlid wears bold colours and a hefty bulge on its forehead. These fish can be pretty aggressive, so they have only one roomie who’d make good company: another male of similar size with whom to spar for dominance! The females are more minor – reaching up to 16 inches adult size requires at least a 75-gallon tank for them not to feel intimidated by bigger competitors when it comes time for the breeding season.
27 Heckel Discus
The heckle discus is a uniquely shaped fish with colours that are both vibrant and interesting. They need the right environment to thrive, so you need to be the caretaker of this species not only know their needs but also take time out from your busy schedule just like they would if something else had been wrong! The average size at maturity is eight inches when kept within a tank measuring fifty gallons or greater–this means these gentle creatures will require plenty more room than most other cichlids do.
28 Blood- Parrot
The blood parrot is a beautiful cichlid with funky orange colours and fins. It can grow up to 10 inches as adults, at least 30-gallons in its tank size! Keep this fish from aggressors, or it will fight back by Smacking them on the head until they have their dinner’s worth of food right there waiting for him…or her?
29 Black Belt Cichlid
The blackbelt cichlid is not only challenging but also knows how to keep things in line. With its imposing, intimidating appearance, it’s no wonder that this fish has been known around the world for over 100 years!
30 Firemouth Cichlid
The firemouth cichlid is a semi-aggressive but fun species. They grow to six inches when they’re full-grown and need at least 30 gallons of water per fish in their tank (or more)! If you already know some other similar type of fish that would work well with your setup, then this could be an option for you as long as the two aren’t too aggressive towards one another!
31 Green- Ter-ror
They do best with intermediate aquarists and need at least 35-gallons to live in peace (and prosperity) but this isn’t always possible when there’s only one specimen available on the market – which means we should really think hard about getting more than 1 if we can afford them or know someone who owns their own personal aquarium…It might not seem like much now but let me assure you: 12 inches may not sound too impressive compared to other types’ sizes until I tell.
32 Golden Sever-um
The golden server is a good selection for someone! They reach a maximum size of 8 inches as adults and need at least 55 gallons in their home aquariums – making the Goldie perfect if you want an easy-care betta or pleco that won’t break hearts when it gets too big (not counting any potential deaths)!
33 Jack Dempsey Fish
These aggressive fish can get up to 15 inches in size! Make sure you have enough space for these fighters; 80 gallons per specimen are required when swimming around your tank – it’ll keep them happy and give their fight an extra sparkle or two!.
Oscars are a powerful and unruly fish, but they can be an excellent companion if you know what to expect from them. All Oscars need at least 55-gallons for the aquarium water volume capacity so that it doesn’t get too low when caring for multiple creatures such as these territorial predators.
35 Pearl Cichlid
The pearl cichlid is a beautiful fish that can be difficult to maintain. It’s hardy, but it still needs the right environment and tank size for its personality type of peacefulness. If you want one of these in your living space, make sure no other residents may cause conflict with them!
36 Red Devil Cichlid
The red devil cichlid is a bloodthirsty fish, just like its name suggests. This powerful predator doesn’t have any tolerance for other species and will attack them on sight! They work best in an aquarium with 55 gallons or more to feed without being harassed by larger tankmates who may want to take some food from their mouth.
37 Redhump Eartheater
The redhump eartheater is a very docile freshwater fish that can match well with other species in the tank. They grow to six inches when fully mature, requiring at least 50-gallons of space for them all to swim around comfortably.
38 Cock-atoo- Cichlid
They are pretty active with other tankmates! These attractive little swimmers should be watched closely for aggressive behavior because it can get out of control quickly if not taken care of properly. These things aren’t moody like some other types, so you’ll know what kind you’re getting into right off the bat (and possibly regretting later). If deciding between 1 male/female or multiple males, then keep in mind that one will need more space than others depending on how big he/she wants his living area to become eventually; but two would make sure there was plenty leftover at all times.
39 Panda Dwarf Cichlid
The tiny panda dwarf cichlid is hard to keep fish that requires advanced aquarists. They only grow 3 inches and need an aquarium with at least 20 gallons in size, but the care they require makes this type of tank worthwhile for those willing to take on such trouble.
40 Rainbow Cichlid
The rainbow cichlid is a hardy fish that can survive in almost any environment. They’re peaceful with tankmates and don’t grow very large, reaching only three inches when adult–though you’ll need at least 20 gallons of water for your Aquarium if you keep one yourself!
Cichlids: Final Thoughts
There are many different types of cichlids, but they all have one thing in common: excellent colour Imagine what kind of spectacular scenery you’ll make for an excellent aquarium display; it’s like watching nature come to life right before your eyes underwater!