Are African butterfly fish cichlids?

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Are African butterfly fish cichlids?

The African Butterfly Cichlid is known from shallow forest streams and savannah wetlands with muddy substrates. This is a small species that is often overlooked when juvenile, but when settled in to a planted softwater aquarium, it matures into a beautiful fish that is easy to breed.

How do butterfly cichlids breed?

Breeding African Butterfly Cichlid She will normally select one male and clean the stones within his territory. Eventually, the male will join her and one stone will be picked as breeding site. The female will deposit a line of eggs on top of the stone and the male will promptly fertilize them.

How big do African butterfly cichlids get?

African butterfly cichlids measure about 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.6 centimeters). Their size puts them in the category of dwarf cichlids.

How many types of African cichlids are there?

African Cichlids The Cichlidae family contains over 1,200 species of fish, the majority of which are found in the Tanganyika and Malawi Lakes of central Africa.

How do you get cichlids to breed?

Mouth-brooding African cichlid mating occurs something like this: the male digs out a cave (nest) for the female and lures her in by doing this silly fin shaking dance (there’s also a disturbing “kissing” version). She lays her eggs in the nest and he fertilizes them.

What are the three types of African cichlids?

Popular Types of African Cichlids

  • Kribensis Cichlid (Pelvicachromis pulcher)
  • Jewel Cichlid (Hemichromis bimaculatus)
  • Frontosa Cichlid (Cyphotilapia frontosa)
  • Demasoni Cichlid (Pseudotropheus demasoni)
  • Venustus Cichlid (Nimbochromis venustus)
  • Electric Blue Cichlid/Electric Blue Hap (Sciaenochromis fryeri)

Can African Butterfly Fish fly?

One of the most interesting things about the African Butterfly Fish is their ability to jump through the air. While many fish can break the surface of the water if they want to, this species can actually glide! What is this? This is made possible by their large pectoral fins that resemble butterfly wings.

Why are my cichlids kissing?

Some cichlids press their lips together during courtship. This may seem obvious to humans, but this behavior is much less commonly a sign of affection in fish. This behavior is nowhere near as common as the aggressive, “lip-wrestling” between males.

Why do my cichlids shake?

Most cichlid movements are either threats or flirting. Telling the difference between the two is fairly difficult. Shimmying or shaking of the fins and tail are usually signs of flirtation. I’ve also seen circular chasing and nipping or kissing (where the two fish grab each other’s mouths) prior to mating.

Do cichlids mate for life?

A suitable fish Convict cichlids mate for life and cooperate to raise young, with females tending the eggs while males patrol for danger, said Dechaume-Moncharmont.