’sick-lids’] are a group of fishes which taxonomically are grouped into
a single family; Cichlidae. Cichlidae is one of the largest families of
fishes and may rival gobies as the largest assemblage of fishes.
Conservative estimates place the number of species of cichlids at around
1400, some estimates are much higher. Despite confusion about which fish
are cichlids, most pet shops, perhaps unknowingly, stock a few species
of cichlid, such as discus, oscars and angelfish.
Cichlids in general
have a well deserved reputation for aggression, however, this aggression
is linked to complex social and breeding systems that make cichlids one
of the most interesting groups of fishes for the aquarist. To quote Dr.
Michael Oliver, of The Cichlid Fishes of Lake Malawi, paraphrasing
Samuel Johnson - “When a person is tired of natural cichlid diversity,
he is tired of life (and should get one!), for there is in the Cichlidae
all the variety that life can afford.
About the Sydney Cichlid Page
The Sydney Cichlid
Page is dedicated to providing high quality, cichlid and aquarium
related information. The website contains articles and other points
of interest for
cichlid hobbyists worldwide and although the content is focused on
the fishes of the family Cichlidae, there much is much also relevant
for other fish keeping hobbyists. The Sydney Cichlid Page has been
online since Feb 1998 and is consequently one of the older fish
related websites on the internet.
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