How do you tell if your cichlids are happy?

You’ll know your cichlids are happy if they exhibit the following signs of happy and healthy cichlids:

  • Healthy appetite
  • Active swimming
  • Flared out fins
  • Shaking or shimmying fins occasionally
  • Bright and vibrant colors
  • No blemishes or white spots on the body
  • No abnormal growths
  • Clear, normal eyes, not cloudy or bulging

Fulfill your cichlids’ basic needs to keep them happy and healthy. Every type of cichlid has its own specific needs.

In general, cichlids require ample swimming space and lots of hiding places. You also need to maintain the ideal water conditions and clean their tank regularly. Lastly, monitor their tank dynamics and be prepared to separate them if they become too aggressive.