Watching cichlids – stress and safety versus visibility

A 40g freshwater tank from 2017. Note the mix of cover and open space. Photo by the author.

Everyone enjoys watching their fish. That’s one reason we keep them. On the other hand, having cichlids visible in your tank because they have little to no cover might be good for you but not always good for them. This is especially true for new fish recently added to a show tank or quarantine tank. 

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Algae and cichlid fry

Rock work with black beard algae (BBA) in Tanganyikan community tank. Photo by the author.

I wanted to follow-up on the previous post, The Julidochromis regani nursery. As you can see in the photo in that post (and above), I have some black beard algae (commonly referred to as BBA) growing on the rock structure. I have posted about this algae and its cousin, blue green algae (BGA), before. 

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The Julidochromis regani nursery

Photo of the “the nursery” in the 75g Tanganyikan community tank. Note the juvenile Julidochromis regani Burundi in the middle of the stack. Photo by the author.

I haven’t posted in a while on my 75g Tanganyikan community tank, so thought I would give an update. The tank currently houses the following:

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A pugnacious little fish

Throughout my fish keeping journey over the past two decades, I have kept many species of cichlids. We know that every cichlid has its own personality. We also know that the size of the fish is not indicative of its aggression level (e.g., not all big fish are mean and not all little fish are friendly). In fact, some of the nastiest species I’ve kept are dwarf species. 

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