10 Best Cichlids For Aquarium

Updated on: October 2021

Best Cichlids For Aquarium in 2021


Family of (10) African Cichlids 1.25" Live Tropical Fish Assorted Mbuna Cichlid

Family of (10) African Cichlids 1.25
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021

Pure Water Pebbles African Cichlid Bio-Activ Natural White Aquarium Live Sand for African Cichlids 20 LB.

Pure Water Pebbles African Cichlid Bio-Activ Natural White Aquarium Live Sand for African Cichlids 20 LB.
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021

Senzeal Aquarium Cichlids Fish Egg Incubator Tumbler Fish Hatchery Mouth-Brooding 50mm

Senzeal Aquarium Cichlids Fish Egg Incubator Tumbler Fish Hatchery Mouth-Brooding 50mm
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021
  • Made of non-toxic plastic material, hatching for raising fish eggs
  • Suction tube clamp soft, easy to install, not easy to scratch the incubator director
  • Mesh uniform and dense to ensure smooth flow of water and improve hatchability
  • Biochemical cotton can avoid the impurities in the fish tank into the incubation chamber
  • Hatching fish eggs, you need to use the same fish tank water, so that fish eggs adapt to the environment

CaribSea Aquatics Eco-Complete African Cichlid Zack Sand, 20-Pound, Black

CaribSea Aquatics Eco-Complete African Cichlid Zack Sand, 20-Pound, Black
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Mineralogical and Biologically complete
  • Eco-Complete maintains the high pH that African Cichlids need while helping to resist pH drops associated with Cichlid systems
  • Eco-Completes high internal porosity maximizes biological capacity, which keeps your fish healthier

The Cichlid Aquarium

The Cichlid Aquarium
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
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Tetra JumboKrill Freeze-Dried Jumbo Shrimp 3.5 Ounces, Natural Shrimp Treat For aquarium Fish

Tetra JumboKrill Freeze-Dried Jumbo Shrimp 3.5 Ounces, Natural Shrimp Treat For aquarium Fish
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • aquarium DIET SUPPLEMENT Natural shrimp treat designed to supplement any Tetra staple diet foods such as TetraMin Flakes
  • FOR FRESHWATER & SALTWATER FISH Premium-quality nutritious supplement provides variety to your fish’s diet
  • AIDS DIGESTION Complete freeze-dried krill with shells are an excellent source of roughage to support digestion
  • COLOR ENHANCING Astaxanthin a natural color enhancer helps bring out the natural pink orange and red colors of fish
  • USAGE Feed 2 to 3 times a week in addition to staple diet only as much as your fish can consume within a few minutes
  • A protein-rich supplement for large tropical and marine fish
  • Excellent source of protein, fat, roughage, and vitamin E
  • Whole, large, freeze-dried shrimp are high in carotenoids to promote the development of fish's natural pink to orange-red colors
  • Vacuum-sealed containers for freshness

Family of (25) African Cichlids 1.25" Live Tropical Fish Assorted Mbuna Cichlid

Family of (25) African Cichlids 1.25
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021

Family of (5) African Cichlids 2" Live Tropical Fish Assorted Alonocara Peacock Cichlid

Family of (5) African Cichlids 2
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021

Worldwide Imports AWW88420 Bio-ACountive Live Cichlid Gravel, 20-Pound

Worldwide Imports AWW88420 Bio-ACountive Live Cichlid Gravel, 20-Pound
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • Worldwide Imports Bio-Active Live Cichlid Gravel
  • Contains live bacteria to quickly stabilize your tank
  • Restores natural organic balance.
  • Worldwide Imports Bio-Active Live Cichlid Gravel
  • Contains live bacteria to quickly stabilize your tank
  • Restores natural organic balance
  • Restores natural organic balance

Plecoceramics Large Aquarium Cave Hiding Place for Fish Ceramic Decoration Hideout Tree Trunk Log for plecos and Cichlids

Plecoceramics Large Aquarium Cave Hiding Place for Fish Ceramic Decoration Hideout Tree Trunk Log for plecos and Cichlids
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021
  • IDEAL FOR MOST OF FISH species - Our Large Tree Trunk hideout is a good option for reduction agression among fish
  • NATURAL DESIGN - aquarium decorations resembles the natural materials. They will look very realistic in fish tank, can be used as fish hideout log
  • AQUARIUM ORNAMENT measurement is 8.46*5.7*3.94 inch, perfect for use in medium size fish tank (15-50gallon) as fish house
  • FISH SAFETY - Aquarium log made of clay with high-temperature firing, that makes it inert and safe
  • EASY TO USE - just rinse fish tank ceramic decoration for a few seconds in tap water and it’s ready for use

Pacu: Giants of the Tropical Fish Aquarium

Pacu are relatively new in the tropical fish market. Their quick growth and large size create difficulties for unknowing owners.

A Pacu is a tropical, freshwater fish from South American. They are relatives of the Piranha and to the untrained eye they are easily mistaken for Piranha. Like Piranha, Pacu have a mouth full of very dangerous looking teeth. Unlike Piranha, Pacu are herbivores and generally non-aggressive fish.

Unfortunately, many freshwater aquarium hobbyists who bring home a Pacu or two are not properly informed about their purchase. Pacu are relative newcomers to the U.S. tropical fish pet store market with the most common being the Red Belly Pacu. Often the information pet store employees are given regarding Pacu is incorrect and misleading. Consumers are led to believe they are purchasing an attractive tropical fish well suited to the average home aquarium.

The reality is that the cute quarter-sized Pacu in the pet store tank will quickly outgrow its aquarium. A Pacu will outgrow a 75 gallon aquarium within six months. Owners should expect to need a minimum of a 450 gallon aquarium to provide an adequate environment for their Pacu. Uneducated owners are first surprised and pleased as their Pacu grow. The pleasure turns to panic as owners must continue to purchase larger and larger aquariums to house their pets.

Pacu may live for up to twenty years and reach lengths of over three feet. Because of their size they can be destructive creatures. It is not unheard of for Pacu to have been electrocuted from biting the wiring of aquarium heaters. Pacu have also eaten chunks of in-tank floating thermometers. They dislodge aquarium decorations and damage filters. As Pacu grow they will even bump the glass lid off their aquarium during their excitement at feeding time.

Aquarium size is not the only issue that faces Pacu owners. Fish as large as Pacu require a substantial quantity of food. Small Pacu are content with tropical fish flakes. Wardley and Tetra both produce good quality flakes for aquarium fish. As Pacu grow, fish pellets, such as those for Cichlids are a suitable addition to their diet. Larger Pacu need greater quantities of food. As herbivores their nutritional needs are best met with a variety of fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and nuts. Their powerful jaws and sharp teeth allow them to eat almost anything. The entertainment of watching a Pacu eat a carrot stick cannot be ignored. It is not a good idea to attempt hand-feeding of a Pacu. While they are not as aggressive as their Piranha relatives, a Pacu bite is painful and will rip off flesh.

Pacu do exhibit wonderful personality traits. It is fun and relaxing to watch their aquarium antics. While Pacu do sometimes feed on smaller fish in their aquarium, they generally will live peacefully with other tropical fish of all sizes.

Pacu owners are faced with the difficult decision of what to do when they can no longer provide adequate housing for their pet. Pet stores do not generally accept these large fish back. Fear of disease and lack of space prevent many public aquariums from accepting a Pacu. Finding a new home for a Pacu can be very difficult. Apparently one owner even dumped a Pacu into a lake in Wisconsin when unable to properly care for it. A fisherman caught the Pacu. The Pacu would likely have not survived the winter. It is both cruel and illegal to release non-native fish but it is very likely that the owner of this Pacu was unable to find it another home and simply released it rather than killing it.

Pacu make great pets but should not be purchased without proper education.

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