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The Most Colorful Fish in the World: A Quick Guide to African Cichlids

If you're looking for some of the most colorful fish in the world, African cichlids are a great place to start. There are three African lakes that are home to hundreds of different cichlid species, all of which exhibit amazing coloration. These fish can be aggressive, but with the right aquarium set-up they make excellent additions to any home tank.

Haplochromis cichlids are often referred to as "Haps," and they come in a variety of colors ranging from blue, to golden yellow to deep red. These cichlids are open water swimmers and need room to swim, but they can also be aggressive so it's best to keep them with similarly sized Haplochromis or other peaceful species.

Aulonocara, also known as Peacock cichlids, prefer open water areas. These fish have stunning patterns and colors, including bright blues, oranges, reds, and yellows. While Peacocks are smaller than many species of Haps, they still need plenty of room to swim in their tank.

Mbuna cichlids are rock dwellers and display bold stripes with contrasting colors. These fish can be more aggressive, so it's best to keep them with similarly sized Mbuna cichlids in a tank that has plenty of rocks for territory claiming.

No matter which African cichlid species you choose, these colorful fish will add life and personality to your aquarium. With proper care and tank set-up, they make stunning additions to any fish enthusiast's collection.

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