Lake Victoria is next to Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika, the 3 large East African biotope in German living rooms. Unfortunately, it has become almost impossible by destroying the original habitat by the onset of the Nile perch to get wild-caught in sufficient numbers.
Alarmed by the rapid push back the original species, numerous conservation breeding have worked intensively with the cichlids of Lake Victoria.
The cichlids are usually quite aggressive to species that can be kept only in appropriate tanks from 250 liters. Is set up such a pool is best according to the natural habitat, either with large stones to simulate a rocky habitat or with large stretches of sand to create the best conditions for species from the open water zones.
The cichlids from Lake Victoria are almost exclusively mouthbrooders in which no more than 1 male should be by species kept in an aquarium. Females are usually 4 or more recommended.
Among the best known species include cichlids of the genera "Haplochromis", "Neochromis", "Astaotilapia", "Lithochromis", "Paralabidochromis" and "Psammochromis".