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What is a  dwarf cichlid

A dwarf cichlids is a small member of the cichlid family.  Their is no exact maximum size for a cichlid to be considered a dwarf cichlid.  The classification is arbitrary within the aquarium community and different hobbyist can have different ideas about what is and is not a dwarf cichlid.  If you ask10 hobbyist about 10 different species you might get different classifications from different hobbyists.  Some species such as Apistogramma species, Kribs and German rams are almost universally accepted as dwarfs.  However when you look at other species such as cichlids from the great African lakes then you will see more diverse opinions.

Dwarf cichlid types

Below you can get an introduction to some of the most common types of dwarf cichlids.  You can learn more by reading our species profiles.

South American dwarf Cichlids

South America is home to many of the most popular dwarfs such as Apistogramma and the German ram.

African Dwarf Cichlids

The very popular Kribensis cichlid is from Africa.

Dwarf Cichlid care

Different species of dwarf cichlids have very different care requirements.  Some species are very hardy and suitable for beginners.  Other species requires specialized conditions and are most suitable for experts.

What is the  easiest dwarf cichlids to keep?

There are many different species that are easy to keep. The easiest species that is commonly available in the aquarium hobby and suitable for a community aquarium is the Kribensis cichlid.  The Convict cichlid and sajica cichlid are other small species (although not always considered dwarfs) that are very easy to care for but these two species can be very aggressive and unsuitable to keep with community species.

What do dwarf cichlids eat?

Most dwarf cichlids are predatory and feed on small insect, shrimp and fish fry.  Some species prefers a diet containing more vegetable matter.

Dwarf cichlids tank size

The optimum tank size varies between species.

Can you keep dwarf cichlids in a community aquarium

Some species do well in community aquariums other do not.

Dwarf cichlid tank mates

Choose species that have similar preferences and that are non aggressive but hardy enough  not to be bullied by the dwarf cichlids.

Dwarf cichlids & Angelfish

We often get asked if you can keep dwarf cichlids and angelfish together. This can work very well provided you choose the right species and provide an aquarium that is decorated with both species in mind.  The same is true if you want to keep them with discus.

Dwarf cichlids with tetras

Many species of tetras are suitable to be kept with dwarf cichlids as long as you chose species with similar requirements.