It?s undeniable that keeping fishes as pets offers a nice feeling. Just like typical aquarium fish, the Rainbow Cichlid has becoming more a popular type of aquarium across the world. Whether you are looking for a peaceful and sturdy fish, this is has almost all the qualities of a good aquarium fish.
What?s the good thing about this fish is its unique color and its ability to change colors depending on its mood. Unlike the chameleon that changes its color to hide itself or to blend in the environment, this fish does it to reflect is mood. With its main color lemon yellow, which acts as its background color, it can turn into gold with some standard black horizontal stripes.
During breeding season, this fish shows its brightest color. During this period, there?s an elaborate blue colored irregular rows. Unlike other species with several cousins under the same genus, this is the only species in the Herotilapia genus.
According to some accounts, the Rainbow Cichlid is a semi-aggressive fish. Meaning, it has a relatively passive to aggressive temperament. Depending on its mood or the season, this fish may exhibit unique but understandable behavior that?s true to all animals in breeding mode.
Although they are relatively peaceful fishes, they may exhibit territorialism and may show aggressive behavior unless when they are spawning. When you are considering mixing them with other aquarium animals particularly other fishes, they can easily keep up with them in most cases. Just be sure though that the other aquarium they will be living with are also in the same kind of temperament.
Feeding and diet
Another important aspect in fish keeping that must be considered seriously is the feeding and one of the best aspects to consider towards effective and responsible pet ownership. Thus, owners must do some extensive research by testing different food for the specific type of fish you have.
In the case of R. cichlid, they are basically omnivorous, which means they eat both plant or meat-based food. Aside from their love of tiny planktons, they also love prepared fish food for cichlids.