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We count down our Top 5 Favorite South American Cichlids! Let us know YOUR favorites in the comment section down below!

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COMMENTS

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    Vishal Suresh 1 year ago

    First viewer woohoo you giving out free cichlids for like the first 10 viewers? Lol

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Congrats you won two Smiley Faces ?? & TextArtFish Cichlid <*)))< very rare

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      Vishal Suresh 1 year ago

      woah I must be so blessed haha

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      Vishal Suresh 1 year ago

      Josh L oh btw Tell Thomas I said sup Ima big fan of his (and his beard xD)
      Huge fan of Big Al's y'all rock ??

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Will do Vishal! Thank's for the support. His beard is epic…

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    Vishal Suresh 1 year ago

    First viewer woohoo you giving out free cichlids for like the first 10 viewers? Lol

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Congrats you won two Smiley Faces ???????? & TextArtFish Cichlid <*)))< very rare

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      Vishal Suresh 1 year ago

      woah I must be so blessed haha

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      Vishal Suresh 1 year ago

      Josh L oh btw Tell Thomas I said sup Ima big fan of his (and his beard xD)
      Huge fan of Big Al's y'all rock ????????

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Will do Vishal! Thank's for the support. His beard is epic…

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    adeel shaikh 1 year ago

    Oscar

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    adeel shaikh 1 year ago

    Oscar

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    Vishal Suresh 1 year ago

    Hey how do I change the pH of water to acidic? Coz most fish demand acidic water right? PS-Uhh I'm just starting out in the fish world

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Hi Vishal, there are many products available. First find out your parameters for your water source. (pH, GH, and KH) once that is figured out, then I can help you pick the products that you would need.

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      Vishal Suresh 1 year ago

      ah looks like a lot of homework for a beginner lol

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Well prevention is always cheaper then treatment…

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    Vishal Suresh 1 year ago

    Hey how do I change the pH of water to acidic? Coz most fish demand acidic water right? PS-Uhh I'm just starting out in the fish world

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Hi Vishal, there are many products available. First find out your parameters for your water source. (pH, GH, and KH) once that is figured out, then I can help you pick the products that you would need.

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      Vishal Suresh 1 year ago

      ah looks like a lot of homework for a beginner lol

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Well prevention is always cheaper then treatment…

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    JW Aquarium's 1 year ago

    Mine are Angelfish ? 75 subscribers away from 500 then getting a 37 Gallon Aquarium for the 500 subscribers ☺

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    JW Aquarium's 1 year ago

    Mine are Angelfish ???? 75 subscribers away from 500 then getting a 37 Gallon Aquarium for the 500 subscribers ☺

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    Richard James 1 year ago

    Uaru are poor man's discus not severums

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      Charlie Yang 1 year ago

      Who says 2 fish species can't be called the same thing?

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Richard James, the Uaru is also considered the Poor Man's Discus, but so is the Severum. No matter they are both beautiful fish.

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      Richard James 1 year ago

      Josh L I've kept both and I think the Uaru is alot closer to discus in personality, plus the fry eat off the parents slime coat just like discus do. Plus they need similar parameters (temp, nitrates).

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Hey Richard James, if you do a search for the "Poor Man's Discus", you will actually see that both the Uaru and Severum are mentioned. Another common name for the Uaru is the Triangle Cichlid. Regardless both fish are beautiful and they are just common names.

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      Richard James 1 year ago

      Josh L you are correct my friend, I like both fish but imo I think that Uaru resemble discus more than sevs do. Maybe sevs resemble the nice coloration and patters, and Uarus personality and behaviour?

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    Richard James 1 year ago

    Uaru are poor man's discus not severums

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      Charlie Yang 1 year ago

      Who says 2 fish species can't be called the same thing?

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Richard James, the Uaru is also considered the Poor Man's Discus, but so is the Severum. No matter they are both beautiful fish.

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      Richard James 1 year ago

      Josh L I've kept both and I think the Uaru is alot closer to discus in personality, plus the fry eat off the parents slime coat just like discus do. Plus they need similar parameters (temp, nitrates).

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Hey Richard James, if you do a search for the "Poor Man's Discus", you will actually see that both the Uaru and Severum are mentioned. Another common name for the Uaru is the Triangle Cichlid. Regardless both fish are beautiful and they are just common names.

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      Richard James 1 year ago

      Josh L you are correct my friend, I like both fish but imo I think that Uaru resemble discus more than sevs do. Maybe sevs resemble the nice coloration and patters, and Uarus personality and behaviour?

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    Stranger Things Fan 1 year ago

    The poor man's discus LOL

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    NerdyGuy84 1 year ago

    The poor man's discus LOL

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    GG WP 1 year ago

    Oscar is good and cheap too

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      I have seen a few long fin version and I must say they are fancy.

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    GG WP 1 year ago

    Oscar is good and cheap too

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      I have seen a few long fin version and I must say they are fancy.

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    AQUA NUT 1 year ago

    Nice list man but where is the Green Terror lol take care guys

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Green Terror is such a beautiful fish. Maybe it will be featured on an other video…

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      AQUA NUT 1 year ago

      Yeah i have a 12 inch male ,they are such a beautiful fish. I just built mine a epic aquascape to live in. Anyways Brian & Josh you guys have yourself a great day and if you see Thomas tell him congrats for us.

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Will do!

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    AQUA NUT 1 year ago

    Nice list man but where is the Green Terror lol take care guys

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Green Terror is such a beautiful fish. Maybe it will be featured on an other video…

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      AQUA NUT 1 year ago

      Yeah i have a 12 inch male ,they are such a beautiful fish. I just built mine a epic aquascape to live in. Anyways Brian & Josh you guys have yourself a great day and if you see Thomas tell him congrats for us.

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Will do!

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    SCOB aquarium 1 year ago

    Good list. My favorite cichlid is freshwater angelfish.

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    SCOB aquarium 1 year ago

    Good list. My favorite cichlid is freshwater angelfish.

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    NI7S2S0AN 1 year ago

    No dovii??

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      I really wanted to add the dovii, but because of their overall size, I didn't want to promote a tank buster… But if you have the tank size, then go for it!

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      p.s the Dovii is Central American.

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    NI7S2S0AN 1 year ago

    No dovii??

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      I really wanted to add the dovii, but because of their overall size, I didn't want to promote a tank buster… But if you have the tank size, then go for it!

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      p.s the Dovii is Central American.

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    Its.Me.Aakash 1 year ago

    WHAT HAPPENED TO THOMAS???!?!?!?!

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      Josh L 1 year ago

      Nothing happened to Thomas. Stay tuned for more videos 🙂

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    Its.Me.Aakash 1 year ago

    WHAT HAPPENED TO THOMAS???!?!?!?!

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    JRPy Fish-n-Game 1 year ago

    I dig this series….Thanks for sharing.

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    JRPy Fish-n-Game 1 year ago

    I dig this series….Thanks for sharing.

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    Mindful Mender 1 year ago

    NOTICE
    My neon tetra is pregnant, and I don't want babies I got them 1 day ago. Will they find the eggs and eat them? Or are they too small? I'll be fine if 3-10 are left but I don't want 100 swimming about. Thanks.

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    Mender Draws 1 year ago

    NOTICE
    My neon tetra is pregnant, and I don't want babies I got them 1 day ago. Will they find the eggs and eat them? Or are they too small? I'll be fine if 3-10 are left but I don't want 100 swimming about. Thanks.

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    sillysquid69erify 1 year ago

    This guy needs help with expanding a fish rescuehttps://www.gofundme.com/ohio-fish-rescue-addition

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    huuua2 12 months ago

    Uaru is my fav south American Cichlid. 😉

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    Kosie Schumyn 11 months ago

    Hi so can I add red devil with piranha? I have 4 red belly piranha, with a common pleco. Pleco runs the tank eats first and pushes them arround. All are happy together. I added Oscars x2 both got eaten after 2 weeks. What about red devil? My other tank has golden piranha with bumblebee ciclids and all live together.

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      Josh L 11 months ago

      Hey Kosie, that sure is a mix. I personally wouldn't keep that mix or add a red devil to your piranha tank.

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    newport OG 6 months ago

    very cringe vid..

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    Graham Roberts 6 months ago

    My top 5:5:discus4:geophagus3: flowerhorn2:greenterror1: blood parrots

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    NaturesJewels 2 months ago

    Peacock bass in my opinion should NOT be considered cichlids

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    Bret .Maverick 2 weeks ago

    That's your top 5? Except for the Oscar the others just weak.