Cichlid fish is mostly found in African and South American freshwater. You will also find them in aquariums all over the world. In fact, they are regarded as among the most amazing fish on earth. So, without further ado, here are things you should know about cichlid fish:


Did you know that there are about 2000-3000 cichlid species? Some of the cichlid species could end up dying out and become extinct before being scientifically described. This is due to the fact that some of the species have not been scientifically described.

There are different sizes of cichlid fish

The Emperor, the largest cichlid fish is the size of the human arm while the smallest cichlid fish is 5000 times smaller than The Emperor. In fact, the smallest cichlid fish is the size of the human thumbnail.


Cichlid fish are unique in the fish world when it comes to brooding as both male and female care for their young ones. In fact, their mouths act as a nursery for keeping their young ones.


The mating of cichlid fish involves a lot of dancing together, chasing and locking mouths together. Male and female cichlid fish don’t join together when mating. Female cichlid fish deposits her eggs for a male to come and deposit his sperms over them.


The lifespan of cichlid fish ranges between 3 and 10 years. The most common disease that cichlid fish suffer from is the Malawi Bloat.

Natural habitat

Cichlid fish is a tropical fish that is found mostly in the rivers and lakes of the Great Rift Valley. The largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi is teeming with cichlid fish. These fish like living close to the surface of rivers, lakes or lagoons where there are sand and rocks.

They are among the most common fish in home aquariums

This type of fish is popular in home aquariums mainly because of the fact that they have different colors that are just beautiful to watch. In fact, watching cichlid fish for 5 minutes is like mediating for 2 hours. Isn’t that just amazing?

Cichlids have two sets of jaws

Cichlid fish have two sets of jaws with the inner one being used to mash food while the outer one enables these fish to collect food. This is due to the fact that cichlids are omnivores, carnivores, and herbivores and need such adaptability to survive in any ecological surrounding. In fact, they can live in a pond measuring 1 meter or a very large lake because of their adaptability.