Types of Cichlids in the Aquarium Hobby

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Cichlids are the fish within the Cichlidae family. There are many genera within the family, and species within those genera. However, a fish keeper doesn’t usually know cichlids based on which genus they are in. Instead, they know them based on their type, for lack of a better word. To give you a better understanding, listed below are the most well-known types of cichlids within the aquarium hobby.

To reveal which cichlids make up a type, select one. Keep in mind though, the cichlids you see are aren’t all of the cichlids within that type. They are just the cichlids that have a common name, and we have access to a picture of.


African Cichlids

The cichlids that naturally reside in Africa are:


Lake Tanganyika Cichlids

The cichlids that naturally reside in Lake Tanganyika, Africa are:


Lake Malawi Cichlids

The cichlids that naturally reside in Lake Malawi, Africa are:


Peacock Cichlids

Peacock cichlids are cichlids that naturally reside in Lake Malawi, Africa, and are from the Aulonocara genus. Check them out:


Mbuna Cichlids

Mbuna cichlids are cichlids from 13 of the genera that naturally reside in Lake Malawi, Africa. Their name, “mbuna”, means “rockfish” in the language of Malawi’s Tonga people. It suits them well because they commonly live among rocks in the wild. Check them out:


Zebra Cichlids

Zebra cichlids are cichlids from 3 of the genera that naturally reside in Lake Malawi, Africa. Check them out:


South American Cichlids

The cichlids that naturally reside in South America are:


 


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