Practical Information About Keeping, Breeding and Buying Dwarf Cichlids
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West African Dwarf Cichlids
Pelvicachromis, Nanochromis and related genuses are fascinating aquarium residents. They have great colors and patterns and usually have distinct differences between male and female fish. They often form strong pair bonds and are usually great parents. They will normally ignore plants and will get along with most other fishes of appropriate size and temperament. Most West African dwarfs will do fine in moderately soft pH neutral water. Unfortunately, a few require extremely soft very acid water. These fish will usually live in other conditions but reproduction will rarely be successful.
With the exception of Kribs, most West African dwarf cichlids that are offered for retail sale in America are wild imports. Many distributors have access to some type of West African dwarfs but few pet shops request them so they are not very common. Of course, the common krib is found in many stores. These are normally from farmed sources but there are wild imports that can be found on occasion.
In recent years there has been an increase in the number of hobbyists who keep and breed these West African gems. This has created a fairly steady supply of some species which are made available through mail order sources.
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