My American Cichlids

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    FishBeast Well-Known Member Contributing Member Level III

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    Hello! Just posting a few pics of my American cichlids! They are in with my bichirs right now in the bare 120 while I move some stuff around so I thought I'd take some pics. I don't have anything too exotic or rare. They are all farm raised except for the severum which is wild caught.

    Spotted severum (Heros notatus)
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    Firemouth (Thorichthys meeki)
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    Jack Dempsey (Rocio octofasciata)
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    Chocolate cichlid (Hypselacara temporalis)
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    Electric Blue Acara (Andinoacara pulcher)
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    FishBeast Well-Known Member Contributing Member Level III

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    Couple more pics. Love how the chocolate has a bug eyed stare :)

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    That Jack Dempsey had me at hello. Look at those gorgeous fins!

    I like the Firemouth too because - well there's RED on it. I'm easy to please.
     
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    The front facing shot is so much more impactful with him! Now I also appreciate the bug-eyed stare!
     
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    That Electric Blue Acara is nice.. =)
     
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    Super nice. I really like the acaras, and they have been popular in the hobby for decades (perhaps even more popular years ago). Even the little ones (e.g. L. curviceps) can be fun.
     
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    Thank you! I just looked up the curviceps... had no idea they could get so pretty! I don't see them around as much... Most stores seem to lean more heavily towards African cichlids. :)
     
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    Yes, that has been the down side of the popularity of Africans; lots of the old standbys have largely disappeared from the hobby, including some really nice ones. Aequidens curviceps (as it was called back then) was one of my first 'real' cichlids (I'd had angels, of course, but they don't count, since they're so different), and I really enjoyed them. Curviceps are pretty and easy to care for; I had three breeding pairs (they are monogamous) in a heavily planted 45L; one of my favourite tanks ever. Most of these species were first described more than 100 years ago, but Laetacara araguaiae, which is lovely, was described in 2009. I'd even do a soft-water tank if I could find some of these-

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    i wish I could like @sir_keith 's post five thousand times
     
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    Also a warning, most of the L. curviceps that are sold locally (and in the US in general) are actually L. dorsigera.
     
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    I have always been a big fan of them.
     
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