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Thats right it is called flashing and it is natural cichlid behavior, how ever constant flashing is not.
If your fish are constantly flashing then you should check your water parameters. High nitrates and ammonia can cause this and you may be overdue for a water change.
Cichlids may also go through flashing periods after a water change due to the slight change in water hardness and also your Ph. but this should pass quickly.
Sometimes after feeding due to ammonia being released from high protien pellets and flakes fish may flash but this to should pass rather fast.
If it's just occasional don't stress :fish:
 
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