Beauty is just too subjective. Andrew is right on the Mbuna having the most personality, IMHO; but, something like Frontosa can be considered "pretty" despite their big, cumbersome foreheads. And some peeps find Tang's beautiful although I think they are the least attractive of the African lake cichlids.
Guess what I am saying is head over to the library, do GIS and find what YOU like!
If I had the room I would have tanks each with Mbuna, Victorians, Tropheus, Fronts and Haps. No chance of that ever happening though!
Some of my favorite males that really blow away any mbuna I have kept when they are in the mood:
And I have to say that male Vics are simply awesome - a couple of youngsters already fired up:
For those who say tangs aren't pretty, the fish I haven't kept, as I don't have a large enough tank in a quiet space, that would probably win a beauty contest hands down would be one of the larger feather fin males in their full glory - something like a Cyathopharynx foai (Karilani) for instance.
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