Every single decision you make in your fish keeping journey has a consequence. Let that sink in a second.
Your choice of fish, filtration, substrate, food, and lighting all matter and all factor into your success or failure. So how do you keep from making the wrong decision? I can sum that up in two words: experience and consumption. That first word is obvious. The second one, not so much, so I’ll explain.
A big part of your journey, no matter what that journey entails, depends heavily on the information you consume. Your uptake of information, i.e., what information you choose to mentally file away and ultimately use, matters as much as your experience. Experience is built on whether you applied the right or wrong information.
The amount of available information about cichlids and cichlid keeping is immense. And I’m not talking about just what you can read in a book, magazine, or online. There are a ton of experienced and knowledgeable cichlid keepers in the community. There are also a lot of folks that want you to think they’re experienced and knowledgeable. When you follow information from the latter more than the former, your choices will be more problematic and your experience will be gained the hard way.
At the end of the day, your success in fishkeeping, just like anything else, will be a direct result of the choices you make. You’ll get lucky sometimes, but never depend on luck.
If you’re asking other people questions about cichlid keeping to help you make the right decisions, be judicious about who you ask. You simply can’t trust everyone out there who gives advice or information.