Cichlidae is a large family of fish containing more than 2,000 species. Many are found in pet stores, but with such a huge variety it can be hard to choose the right species for you.
Some of the most popular species, like Oscars, are also some of the largest and require huge amounts of space and filtration!
So to avoid accidentally getting in over your head, this is a list of the 5 best South American cichlids for beginners!
South American cichlids are any cichlids from the top of Colombia down to the tip of Chile. Coming from many different waters, there is a huge amount of variation between them. However, in general, they live in acidic (5.0-6.5) water to neutral (7.0) water.
Some are even found in brackish water, which is part fresh and part saltwater. Most are tropical fish needing a temperature of 75-81F and almost all are carnivores.
Best South American Cichlids For Beginners
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