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Best Temperature For African Cichlids

We cover what we feel is the best temperature for african cichlids along with some important tank information to keep them healthy and happy.

Best Temperature For African Cichlids

There are many different kinds of Cichlids out there, with African Cichlids being some of the most popular ones. It is easy to see why these little fish are so popular, mainly because they look simply stunning and they have neat personalities too.

Of course, just like with all other fish, African Cichlids need a certain water temperature to happy and healthy. Today we’re here to discuss the best temperature for African Cichlids.

So What Is The Best Temperature For African Cichlids?

In the wild, the water temperature which African Cichlids live in varies greatly depending on the season. During the winter months, Cichlids usually live in water temperatures ranging from 20 to 23 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, during the summer, the water can be as warm as 28 to 30 degrees Celsius. Now, if you do not want to bother with these seasonal changes, you should keep the water at around 24 or 25 degrees Celsius (you can get a small digital thermometer like this one to monitor the temp).

This is the ideal temperature for an African Cichlid. Any hotter than that and their metabolism becomes really efficient, so they need to eat a lot. Moreover, this warm temperature will spur Cichlids to be more aggressive and compete for food. It will also make them more active.

Colder water will slow down their metabolism, make them more docile and calm, and help to keep your feeding bill down. Whatever you do, try not to go below 20 degrees Celsius or above 29 degrees Celsius. If you are looking to breed your African Cichlids, warmer water is ideal.

We have also covered our top 6 plants for Cichlids on this article.


This is a pretty simple and straightforward topic with not much else to say about it, but as long as you keep your African Cichlids in water temperature as discussed above, all will be just fine.