Cichlid

Duboisi Cichlid (Tropheus duboisi)

Duboisi Cichlid (Tropheus duboisi): Ultimate Care Guide

The Duboisi Cichlid, commonly known as the White Spotted Cichlid, is a species endemic to Lake Tanganyika, Africa. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, these fish are classified as “vulnerable”. They have only been found in four northern regions of the lake.

The White Spotted Cichlid first gained popularity among fish keepers in the 1970s. Today, they are among the most popular Cichlids on the market. The Duboisi Cichlid’s naturally aggressive demeanor and complex breeding requirements can make their care and keep demanding.

Kribensis Cichlid (Pelvicachromis Pulcher)

Kribensis Cichlid (Pelvicachromis Pulcher): Ultimate Care Guide

Kribensis Cichlids are very colorful fish with many different color variations. Kribensis Cichlids can be identified by their flashy, silver-colored bodies that have a thick black like that runs laterally from their tail to their head. They have bright yellow colored heads, and vibrant red bellies. Kribensis Cichlids also have black spots on their dorsal and tail fins. There are other fish that closely resemble the Kribensis Cichlid, so make sure that you are getting the correct fish when ordering online, or purchasing in a pet store.

Salvini Cichlid

Salvini Cichlid (Trichromis Salvini): Ultimate Care Guide

Like many Cichlid species, the Salvini Cichlid (Trichromis Salvini) is also colored beautifully. Salvani Cichlids have vibrant yellow colored bodies, and two black lines that run along the length of their bodies to their caudal fin. Salvani Cichlids also have shiny blue spots that are called spangles. Spangles refer to the brightly colored spots on their bodies as if they were shiny discs. These spangles are scattered on their bodies. You should be able to see the bright red on their fins, and count 4 black stripes that run across their forehead.

Red Empress Cichlid

Red Empress Cichlid (Protomelas Taeniolatus): Ultimate Care Guide

Red Empress Cichlids (Protomelas Taeniolatus) have a predominantly blue head that in the males fades into the reddish orange coloration of the body. In females, the body is grayish silver. The Red Empress Cichlid males will develop their striking coloration as they reach full maturity, and you should be able to see their coloration change and deepen into their vibrant red during this time.

Livingstoni Cichlid

Livingstoni Cichlid (Nimbochromis livingstonii): Care Guide

Livingstoni Cichlids (Nimbochromis livingstonii) are beautiful freshwater fish that originate in the alkaline lakes of Mozambique, Africa. They have a flat shape, large mouth, and a color changing body. The color changes based on their environment. These fish are quite social with their owners as well, and they will actively swim along the glass as if they are asking to be food. Their unique appearance and personality captivates many fishkeepers. They have a lifespan of almost 10 years.

Star Sapphire Cichlid

Star Sapphire Cichlid (Phenochilus Tanzania): Care Guide

Star Sapphire Cichlid (Phenochilus Tanzania) is a beautiful African cichlid that is native to Lake Malawi. When they are well-taken care of, they will grow larger and more colorful as they mature. Since they are more peaceful compared to many other African cichlids, they are easy to take care of in that regard.

geophagus surinamensis

Geophagus Surinamensis (Red-Striped Eartheater): Ultimate Care Guide

The Geophagus Surinamensis, moreover nicknamed the Red-striped Eartheater, is one of the most peaceful species of cichlid one can keep. These species of cichlid are nicknamed Eartheaters due to their habit of grabbing mouthfuls of gravel and sand when in search of food. They can be found mainly in South America, in the Amazon river basin, the Marowijne River of Suriname and French Guiana, and the Saramacca and Suriname Rivers of Suriname, South America. Sensational thoughts cross the mind whenever the Geophagus Surinamensis meets one’s line of vision. These species possess glamorous, virtually neon markings, coupled with a benign nature for which it is treasured. Words alone cannot contain the elegance of this magnificent species.