Top 10 Fishes For The Beginners

If you are someone who is planning to keep cichlids but are not sure which ones will be best for beginners, then you are in the right place. Below mentioned are 10 cichlid fish that are super easy to keep and maintain.

1. Convict Cichlid

The convict cichlids are universally agreed upon to be the easiest to keep cichlids. These are perfect for beginners as these cichlids breed very easily. Convict cichlids can be kept in semi-aggressive community tanks.  However, it is better that you keep them in a tank with the same species of cichlids as convict cichlids can get quite aggressive during the breeding season.

2. Firemouth Cichlid

Firemouth cichlids are another very popular cichlid fish among beginners. Firemouth cichlids are also very easy to keep and breed. You can keep firemouth cichlids with any other central American Cichlids, however, it is better that you don’t keep them with non-aggressive cichlids as these tend to become quite aggressive during the breeding season.

3. Kribensis Cichlid

The Kribensis cichlids are a great choice if you are looking for cichlids that are very small in size. Not only are these cichlids beautiful to look at but are also very easy to keep due to their peaceful nature. However, as compared to other cichlids on the list, these ones are a little difficult to breed.

4. Bolivian Ram

The Bolivian ram cichlids are another species of cichlids that are a great choice for beginners. These cichlids are very peaceful. These tend to grow up to a size of 8 cm and can live up to 6 years. The Bolivian ram cichlids can usually be found in yellow and orange colours.

5. Rainbow Cichlid

The rainbow cichlids have been named for their attractive and vibrant colours. Their colour intensifies as they grow. Rainbow cichlids are small in size and only grow up to 6 cm. These cichlids are not aggressive in nature and a pair can be kept in 30 gallons tank.

6. Severum

Despite their big size, severum cichlids are not difficult to keep. The severum cichlids can grow up to 10 cm. Like the other cichlids on the list, these ones too are not aggressive in nature and hence can be kept in community tanks.

7. Yellow Lab Cichlid

The yellow lab cichlids are not only popular for their striking colour but are also loved by beginner aquarists because of their calm nature. These are one of the most commonly found cichlids out there. In order to let the yellow lab cichlids grow to their full potential, they should be kept in 30 gallons tank.

8. Kribensis cichlid

Like the convict cichlids, the kribensis cichlids are also a great choice if you are looking for cichlids that are easy to breed. The belly of a female kribensis cichlid turns into a red shade during the breeding season. However, these tend to become territorial during the breeding season, hence it is better to keep only one pair in a tank during the breeding season.

9. Jack Dempsey cichlid

The Jack Dempsey cichlids originate from the waters of Central and North America. These are very easy to keep since these types of fish don’t require a stable living environment and a specific temperature.  Also, Jack Dempsey cichlids are quite unique as compared to other cichlids due to their strong facial features.

10. Cockatoo cichlid

Last but not least the cockatoo cichlids are very attractive and colourful. During the breeding season, the male cockatoo turns into a vibrant yellowish-orange colour. These cichlids should be kept in acidic and soft water.