African cichlids are a diverse group of freshwater fish native to Africa's lakes and rivers, particularly Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganyika, and Lake Victoria. They are known for their striking colors and unique behaviors. African cichlids can range in size from just a few centimeters to over 30 centimeters, and they come in a variety of shapes and colors. In the aquarium hobby, African cichlids are popular for their beauty and their ability to live in a variety of water conditions. However, they can be challenging to keep due to their territorial nature and their specific dietary needs. With proper care and attention, African cichlids can be rewarding and fascinating fish to keep in a home aquarium.