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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