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Cichlids the pitbulls of the aquarium
Cichlids are the pitbulls of the aquarium keepers world.Countless of begginer aquarist have bought an oscar or some other aggressive cichlid as their first fish.Only to find it has uprooted and destroyed everything in the tank or grown to large to live in it comfortably.I once had a 2 large oscars that broke a heater in my tank.there are only a few exceptions to the rule.rams,angelfish,keyhole cichlids and sevrums are a few tame cichlids that will live peacefully in a community tank.I have a green sevrum that eats corn,peas,earthworms,snails,and small shrimp.He also is very social and dosent hide much.I think he is the perfect cichlid for begginers.
Well, in my opinion, we can't always guarantee that cichlids are indeed the pitbulls of the aquarium. Cichlids are one of the most intelligent fish in the aquarium trade and they, alone, have varying personalities ranging from being meek to total psychos.
Sevs may be perfect for beginners but size must also be given consideration. Most beginners start with smaller tanks, mostly 10 gallons, and this alone will not fit even the sev.
Cichlids? Pitbulls? Let me see, now...... As I recall, cichlids have gills, scales, fins, can breathe underwater, are egg-layers, and are cold blooded.
Pitbulls are..... well, they are dogs.
Cichlids are territorial (especially during mating), amusing, pugnacious, arduous landscapers, full of personality, many are very colorful, have a diverse group of eco-systems, and they don't poop in the yard.
Pitbulls......? They have none of the attributes listed above..... and they poop in the yard.
I don't see anything that would excite me to make the comparison between the two.
You can teach a fish to do some tricks, like eat from your hand. Let's see you teach a pitbull to breathe underwater.
If one would like to compare a pitbull with a fish, compare it with something like a tiger fish, or arowanna, or maybe a gray shark. But, a cichlid? The cichlid will win the comparison battle every time.
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