South American Cichlids: Species Profiles, Setup & Breeding

South American cichlids are beloved among community tank owners, especially beginner aquarists, given their relatively mild temperament compared with other species of cichlid.

These fish come from a variety of different habitats, so they are able to survive and thrive in a variety of different water conditions. This adaptability means that they can be kept in a variety of tank setups.

Most species typically reach a size of four to six inches, making them an ideal size for most home aquariums.

When choosing South American cichlids for your tank, it’s important to take into account the different personalities and behaviors of each species. Many South American cichlids are more aggressive and territorial than others.