African Cichlids

African Cichlids belong to the Cichlidae family. The most popular for home aquariums originate from Lake Malawi. All Malawi Cichlids require similar water conditions in their natural environment. Therefore a water temperature of 25-26°C and a PH of 7.8-8.6 is ideal. All the Malawi Cichlids available are farm bred.

All rock-dwelling Cichlids are territorial. It is therefore important to provide plenty of rocks.  Ideally build up from the bottom of the tank to the top throughout most of the tank. Keeping a well stocked tank is the best way to combat territorial aggression. Extra filtration will be required due to the intentional overcrowding. 

Please feel free to get in touch to discuss stocking numbers.

Rock dwelling Cichlids are primarily vegetarian. Therefore they should be fed algae based food as well as frozen invertebrates.

Malawi Cichlids are one of the most popular tropical fish to keep due to their dazzling colours.

Peacocks are the least aggressive of the Malawi Cichlids. Next come the Haplochromis and then the most aggressive are the Mbuna Cichlids.

We have spent years visiting many farms to source the best quality Cichlids. We have been told many times by our customers that the quality and colours are superior to any others they have sourced.

Enjoy our extensive selection!

Please note- Juvenile fish can be less colourful compared to their adult colouring.

Do not mix with other Tropical Fish from the other categories. A species only tank is required due to aggression.

OATA Guide to Malawi Cichlids