ID, Please?

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Image is the cover of the 2nd edition book by David Weaver published in 2011.

With increasing frequency, I am seeing Facebook posts that contain photos of cichlids in which the poster asks readers for an identification. Taking possession of an unknown cichlid species can be an unwise decision for several reasons, each of which revolve around compatibility.

  • The unknown cichlid may be incompatible with the tank size in which it initially resides (i.e., the cichlid could be a species that will quickly outgrow the tank). 
  • The unknown cichlid may be incompatible with existing tank mates (i.e, the cichlid could be a species that doesn’t play nice with other species). 
  • The unknown cichlid may be incompatible with the environment in which it resides (i.e., the cichlid could be a species that thrives in soft water but ends up residing in a tank with hard water).

It’s a good idea to have a plan in place that addresses each of the possibilities outlined above. In fact, an even better idea is to ID the cichlid BEFORE you bring it home and introduce it into your tank.

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