Yes, cichlids are hard to keep. Even though they’re hardy, taking care of cichlids is a challenge. The biggest issue when it comes to cichlids is their aggression. They fight amongst themselves and often attack their tank mates.
You may even need to get an extra tank to separate cichlids that are too aggressive. This problem can be exacerbated by poor tank conditions, such as overcrowding, too few hiding spaces, and a weak filter system.
Cichlids are rated as intermediate in terms of difficulty of care. They don’t pose any challenges to experts, but beginners may find it hard to take care of them. Though daunting, beginners can still try keeping cichlids.
The best cichlids for beginners include:
- Convict cichlids
- Firemouth cichlids
- Kribensis cichlids
- Cockatoo cichlids
- Yellow lab cichlids