No, cichlids are not good for beginners. Cichlids may be hardy, but taking care of them poses a big challenge to beginners because of their aggression.
You constantly need to check the tank dynamics to prevent conflicts and casualties. Because cichlids tend to be bigger than other popular aquarium fish, they also need a bigger tank and a stronger filtration system to get rid of their waste.
With that said, not all cichlids are equal, and some are easier to keep. If you’re a beginner, try keeping less aggressive cichlids, such as:
- Convict cichlids
- Firemouth cichlids
- Kribensis cichlids
- Cockatoo cichlids
- Rainbow cichlids
- Yellow lab cichlids