Newbie To Cichlids w/Some Questions


Okay so, firstly, my fish are more then fish to me lol. They’re very unique with their own personalities. I wake up in the morning, let my two dogs out to go potty, pour some coffee, walk over to my aqua babies, turn in their light and say good morning. I sing to my fish, I definitely talk to them and they truly interact back with me.
My hubby just got me two beautiful red zebra cichlids, one with a cute little twisty face, a deformity he was born and thrives with (we got him from a personal fish enthusiast who had a large fry and I just fell in love with these two). Twisty Face is sooooo cute!! He/she is the most interactive with me, seeming to do cute dances or something for me to get my attention haha.

My question is: how do I tell if these are male or female? Also, I already had five feeder goldfish in the tank as aqua kids, I knew I took the chance they’d be picked in, however they are not. Is this normal? Can I expect that these five goldfish and two cichlids are now going to ‘grow up together’? Any helpful hints and advicewould be

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Cichlids tend to have cichlid tempers to one degree or another. I think your goldfish will have problems at some point.


Aren’t the water temperature requirements somewhat dramatically different between goldfish and cichlids?

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