Practical Information About Keeping, Breeding and Buying Dwarf Cichlids
dwarf cichlids evoke great passion among many fish
are the most popular dwarf cichlids but all are
aquarium fish that come in a rainbow of colors, exhibit fascinating
behavior and can usually be kept in a community aquarium.
There is no strict definition of what a dwarf cichlid is but generally speaking they are small sized and relatively peaceful. Typically, most dwarf cichlids are no more than about 3 inches in length although many never get that large and a few get somewhat larger. Dwarf cichlids are found in both South America and West Africa.
South American dwarf cichlids include Apistogramma, Apistogrammoides, Biotoecus, Crenicara, Dicrossus, Laetacara, Nannacara, Mikrogeophagus and Taeniacara. There are more species of Apistogramma than the others combined but the Blue Ram cichlid, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, is not only the most popular and widely kept dwarf cichlid but an all time favorite among all tropical fish. This fish was once known as Apistogramma ramirezi but it is not an Apistogramma species.
Pelvicachromis and Nanochromis are the two most popular genera of West African Dwarf Cichlids. The Pelvicachromis species are generally more available than the Nanochromis.The ever popular Krib or Kribensis, Pelvicachromis pulcher, has long been a popular tropical fish and cichlid lovers have kept them in their aquariums for many years. If you have never kept dwarf cichlids Kribs are a great first choice.
The information we provide about keeping and breeding Apistogrammas and other dwarf cichlids includes sections on foods & feeding, aquarium set up, aquarium maintenance, aquarium plants, fish health and much more.
One of the biggest problems with Apistogrammas and other dwarf cichlids is finding them! Check out our Buying Fish section for information on where to find these exotic tropical fish.
You can find a lot of information about Rams, Kribs, Apistogrammas and other dwarf cichlids on the Internet. However, I strongly recommend that you purchase one or more of the books available. Visit our book reviews to learn about the books that are available.
Finally, several times a month I get a smile when I check my mail and discover a new issue of one of my favorite aquarium magazines has arrived. Reading these great magazines each month helps to keep me energized and inspired. If you want to enjoy your hobby more I strongly recommend subscribing to one of the excellent publications available. You can read my thoughts about them in our magazine reviews. Most of the magazines have Apistogramma articles at times and general dwarf cichlid information is frequently presented.
Take some time to explore our site. We hope to be your source for quality information about all aspects of enjoying Apistogramma and other dwarf cichlids in your own aquarium. If you have any questions, comments or criticisms please Contact Me
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