Cichlids

Cichlids are one of the brightest and interesting freshwater fish to keep as an aquarist. Generally hardy fish, the Cichlid hails from lakes and rivers around the world, and the most popular species come from lakes and rivers throughout South and Central America and from lakes in Africa, specifically Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika.

Both American and African Cichlids have species that range from very small through to species such as the Peacock Cichlid that can grow up to 30 inches!

 

The playful Oscar Cichlid

All other fish will shun anemones because of their stinging tentacles whereas Clownfish can have a resistance to these stings. In the wild, they in fact dwell in a symbiotic alliances with particular anemones, and gain from each other’s company for security and food.