Introducing: The Texas Cichlids!

My last visit to the local aquarium last week, was to buy some fish food, and I had promised myself that I wouldn’t buy anymore fishes, to add to my already crowded tank. And yet, as I was making my way out, a swift movement inside a glass tank that was stashed away at a bottom corner caught my eye.

I bent down to look at a pair of doleful, and yet very wary eyes, that darted away in a moment, leaving behind a cloud of muddy water. With my very limited knowledge on fishes, I thought it was a Kamfa, one of the most beautiful fishes that I have seen in recent times. On further inquiry, I was told that it wasn’t a Kamfa, but rather a Texas Cichlid, the only Cichlid species that is native to the United States.

I immediately ordered a pair, quite taken in by their black spots on a shiny blue body. They look quite robust as well, and somehow I have a thing for swift moving fishes. The aquarium hand ended up catching three of them instead of two, and asked if I would mind taking in the fourth one as well, lest he be left alone in the tank!

These beauties are quite big, when compared to the rest of the fishes in my tank, and I was wondering if I would get to see a few murders in the first few days, especially since my Jaguar Cichlids did not seem to have taken a liking for them. A few YouTube videos which showed some real aggressive matches between the Texans and other tank mates, added to my fears.

However, its been about a week now, and they have remained the most peaceful creatures in my tank. The four of them remain together, and very rarely interact with the other Cichlids. What has tremendously surprised me is that they have a very low appetite, when compared to the normal Cichlids, who are voracious feeders. In fact, I have barely seen them gobble up anything at all, and remain far away from all the hectic activity and water splashing that goes on during feeding time.

These are lovely fishes to keep for a beginner aquarium enthusiast, and those flashy colours are bound to give any Cichlid lover, the goosebumps. And yes, it is a much less expensive substitute to the Kamfa, that might cost you an arm and a leg.

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