The beautiful Malawi Cichlid Haps often display bright colors, iridescents, or striking patterns. Many are only surpassed in beauty by the most magnificent specimens of marine tropical fishes.

The Haplochromis group is the largest group in the Cichlidae family, with 213 described species as of 2007. Many of the species of this group are endemic to Lake Malawi. Cichlids from this group are generally larger than the Mbuna cichlids and many species, like the spectacular Peacock Cichlids, are also more peaceful.

Cichlids from Lake Malawi are quite active, display complex behaviors, and with the right environment many can be bred in captivity. The Malawi Cichlids give aquarists a beautiful showpiece and a delightful experience, making them some of the most popular freshwater fish to keep.