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Dwarf Cichlids

Post by BenjaminJohnson » Mon Jul 16, 2018 10:19 am


Dwarf cichlid is a term used by fishkeeping hobbyists to describe an arbitrary assemblage of small-sized fish from the family Cichlidae. Although the grouping is widely used in the aquarium industry and hobby, the grouping has no taxonomic or ecological basis and is poorly defined. Though dwarf cichlids are by definition small-sized cichlids, there is no accepted maximum length of a dwarf-sized cichlid. Some authors suggest a maximum of 10 centimetres (3.9 in.), while other suggest a maximum length of 12 centimetres (4.7 in.). The term is most frequently used to describe small South American or West African species which are suitable for soft, acidic (pH 4 to 7) densely planted aquariums, however, some aquarists and authors include within this "dwarf cichlid group" a variety of small-sized cichlids from the alkaline African rift lakes.


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Re: Dwarf Cichlids

Post by Mike Wise » Mon Jul 23, 2018 9:49 am

I have to agree, there is no real definition for "dwarf cichlid". Most authors who defined species as 'dwarf' (Vierke, Loiselle, ASG, Koslowski, Römer, etc.) also put an additional component into their definition - behavior. In addition to small size, dwarf cichlids do not disturb the aquascape and do not bother other fish in the tank (outside of defending their eggs/fry).

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