Cichlids are among the family of fishes Cichlidae in the order Cichliformes. These fishes are often found in tropical regions of America, the mainland of Madagascar and Africa, and some Asian regions. The convict blennies are most probably the closest living relatives of the cichlids family of fishes and amazingly both the fish families are classified in the 5th edition of Fishes of the World as the two families in the cichliformes are a part of the subseries Ovalentaria.
Scientific researchers have described at least 1650 species and found this family is both large and diverse. The species research proves it one of the largest vertebrate families. There are many Cichlid types available however African cichlids belong to a family of fishes that have many excellent features which often attracts the fish pet owners to take them over other fishes. Given below are some of the features which make them unique:
- Behave in a typical way
These fishes are usually found very active which means whenever they see a certain movement outside their tank, they will follow it in the same direction in ahope that they are about to be fed. This behavior makes these fishes a good swimmer, to the point that they can jump out of the tanks as well however it is not certain to say that as the fishes won’t do this unless they are provoked.
- Varieties of colors and general appearance
Cichlids types come in a large color and appearance variety. When the fishes are kept healthy then the brightest colors usually come on their own and this will get even brighter during the mating process and times of aggression or dominance. This is one of the reasons why fish pet owners generally prefer to have African cichlids.
- Belong to a huge family of fishes
It is under research process that there are more than 1500 species which science needs to describe. As these fishes belong to such a huge family, this makes them kind of special with diverse amazing features among other fishes.