African Cichlids – Aggressive and Beautiful Fish

African Cichlids are one of the most beautiful and highly aggressive fish in the world. (Start with less aggressive African Cichlids listed in this post) If you are looking to lower your stress and have a good conversation piece then an aquarium with beautiful African Cichlids might be for you. Studies have found that observing fish in an aquarium is beneficial to one’s health and wellness. It has been linked to lowered stress and to lowered blood pressure, similar to petting dogs and cats in individuals, compared to those who don’t have an aquarium. There is something about observing animals, in this case African Cichlid fish that is captivating and calming.

I am now 33 years old. I have a red-ear-slider turtle in a 30 gallon tank that I have had since I was 7. I also have another aquarium a 39 gallon that I keep my African Cichlids in. I have had gold-fish, tropical fish, South American Cichlids and African Cichlids since I was about 10. My favorite is the African Cichlids. These fish are not for beginners but they are one of the most beautiful, colorful and also one of the most aggressive fish you can get. There is no such thing as a boring aquarium with these guys. You will see courtship in your aquarium, battles for territories, and possible spawning. You will observe them for hours if you are not careful.

For those who are interested in keeping fish and are considering African Cichlids, I would recommend starting off with smaller less aggressive African Cichlids like Electric Yellows, Venustus and Jewel fish. You don’t want to spend your money on fish that will kill each other off in less than a couple of weeks if you don’t get the right species. The most aggressive that I have had were Buttikoferis, 5 Spot Jewel Fish and Kenyis. These fish will dominate a tank. Again make sure there are like kind and size of other African Cichlids in you aquarium. So be cautious starting out.

Keeping African Cichlids can be a lifelong hobby that can be enjoyed by anyone who comes into your home. It is a perfect conversation piece and good for your health and wellness.

If you have any questions drop a comment; I will answer as best as I can from my experience.


1. Always have a tank at least above 20 gallons. Length is more important than height.
2. Provide a lot of shelter like caves, artificial plants etc.
3. Try to keep the same size fish.
4. Begin with less expensive fish and then work your way up once you get the hang of it.
5. Read books on aquariums for in-depth information.
6. Don’t mix Africans and South American Cichlids; Red Devils will even be killed.

Some books I recommend:

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