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Having said that, I should add that herbivorous fish do need some "meat" in their diet, and carnivorous fish need some vegetable matter in theirs. These should be seen as supplements however, and not as the main staple of their diet.

Many Cichlid foods are good and appropriate for all cichlids, be they carnivorous or herbivorous. What you want to watch out for are foods high in fat. You especially want to avoid anything that has beef heart or products from other warm-blooded animals.

Let me try and explain why.

Fish are cold-blooded animals, meaning that their body temperature rises and falls with their surrounding environment. They use fat for both an energy reserve as well as an energy resource. Just like humans, they have fat stores throughout their bodies. But these fats need to have a low melting point so that they can be utilized if the water around them is cold (like during the winter). Warm-blooded animals, on the other hand store fats that have a high melting point. If you feed your fishes fats from warm-blooded animals, they will not be able to mobilize these fats for energy use. Consequently, it will be stored in their livers, and over time it will accumulate leading to cirrhosis.

I use Spirulina flake for all of my fish. Spirulina is commonly sold in health food stores for human dietary supplementation because of its outstanding nutritional quality. It contains high levels of easily absorbed anti-oxidants, including chlorophyll, beta-carotene, and phycocyanin. In addition, it also has high levels of iron, vitamin B-12 and chromium (useful for metabolizing sugars). Furthermore, Spirulina is 65-70% protein. Consequently, you do not have to feed your fish lots of frozen foods or fish meal in an effort to get them their protein.

Variety is also important to keep in mind. It's not necessary to feed several different brands/preparations of food to your fishes if you have a good quality flake or pellet. I feed my herbivorous fish primarily Spirulina supplemented with frozen peas, romaine lettuce, spinach, and a color-optimizing fish meal-based flake/pellet food. For my piscivorous fish, I again feed a Spirulina-based flake (or pellet depending upon the fishes' size), supplemented with brine shimp flakes, shrimp pellets, and krill. Spirulina is their main staple (70%). I tend to avoid frozen foods and live foods - these are usually not necessary for african cichlids in my opinion.

If you have fish with yellow, orange, or red, you need to remember to feed them food with lots of pigment. Commercially prepared foods are good at providing these. These pigments when consumed are actually deposited in their skin; therefore, if their diet lacks these important pigments, they will show a faded coloration. (Note: faded coloring could also be due to stress: another dominant male or poor water conditions.)

If you have several fish in the same tank, it will be important for you to feed them several times a day. Don't continue to feed them the same amount that you have been, but cut it back. For example, I try to feed my fish 3-4 times a day, but only what they can consume in 20-30 seconds or less. By following this routine you will find that your cichlids will tend to be less aggressive. Remember, because cichlids are avaricious (., borderline obnoxious) eaters, they can consume a great deal of food in 30 seconds.

The primary cause for aggression among cichlids is food. In the wild, cichlids have been seen to dwell in relatively high density. As a result, they compete greatly with other cichlids of their own species to find food. This point was illustrated to me when I noticed that my male Aul. stuartgranti and male Lab. trewavasae shared the same territory. The very aggressive and territorial trewavasae didn't mind the Aulonocara hanging out in his territory, but would obnoxiously chase the two trewavasae females and other similar looking Pseudotropheus spp. all over the tank.

"As the story goes, The Cichlids made their debut in 1979 and became an overnight local sensation. Trying to cash in on the current trend in punk rock, disco label TK records signed The Cichlids, but sadly enough, internal conflicts caused the band to break up shortly after the album was released." [2] The Cichlids were the first (and only) rock band signed to Miami's TK Records who were known as a Disco label. [3]

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