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Species Recommendations For Beginners
by the CF Moderators
A very common question is: "What is a good fish for me to start out keeping?" The following is a list that was compiled by the CF Moderating Team. After discussing this topic privately for a few weeks, we are happy to share with you our consensus. It is our hope that you will find it beneficial.

This surely is not an exhaustive list, but in our humble opinion, these are the fishes we felt would best give the new hobbyist a rewarding experience and a good introduction to cichlids.

Lake Malawi

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Victoria


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