Don’t have 37 tanks in your home? Never stripped a holding female? Haven’t tumbled eggs? Never vented a fish or even know what that means?
Maybe you’ve never used a sump as filtration or even know what a sump is. Maybe you use a regular submersible heater with a thermostat rather than a heat controller.
Your cichlid keeping journey should be about what gives you satisfaction, what you’re capable of doing, and what you can afford. For most of us, fish keeping isn’t a contest or competition. It’s not about all the things you’ve accomplished, how technical you are, or how many tanks you have.
I’ve posted numerous times that you don’t have to use the most sophisticated and expensive equipment to be successful keeping fish. As long as you’re enjoying what you’re doing and you’re taking good care of your fish, just keep doing it. You do you and just enjoy the hobby!