New World Cichlids
South American Cichlids, Central American cichlids, & North American cichlids form a wonderful group of fish known as New World Cichlids.
Most of the Central & North American cichlids are monogamous substrate breeders. South American cichlids, and a good part of the Central and North American cichlids originate from one single lineage – the Cichlasomine.
Central and North American cichlids that do not originate from Cichlasomine are found in Panama and have developed in South America who then later reached Panama. Since Central and North American cichlids inhabit various waters in a large region of the world, they have naturally adapted to different water conditions and their preferences will vary when it comes to water chemistry, temperature and more.