Cichlids DO fight and/or get beaten up!

Adult Red Zebra (Maylandia estherae). Mbuna cichlid endemic to Lake Malawi. Photo by the author.

If you are new to cichlids, especially African cichlids and more specifically mbuna, you should rarely be surprised when you find one of your fish upside down in your tank looking like it got drug across the driveway. Cichlids fight, get picked on, and get killed by other cichlids. Know this before you set up a cichlid tank.

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