Provide a large aquarium with plenty of rock, caves, ledges and hiding places. Recreating the shallow, rocky shores of Lake Malawi can be achieved easily by using limestone or any type of inert rock as the main aquascaping feature.  These cichlids do not like bright lighting, and the substrate should ideally be either mixed with or covered by darker gravel to reduce the amount of glare in the aquarium.

assorted AFRICAN cichlid

These cichlids from lake Malawi are among the most colorful. These are known as the "bread and butter" cichlids mainly because they are relatively easy to keep and beautiful.