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originally posted by: ketsuko
a reply to: Advantage
The other thing to know is that with cichlids especially as they are so intelligent, they are all individuals. So while one blood parrot might be a holy terror, another might actually wind up being a halfway good citizen in a community tank. There are lots of good resources you can check out online that will help you, but you will need to keep in mind that they will be generalizing for your fish's type.
Also, if you take halfway decent care of your fish, you can expect to have him around for years like any good dog or cat would be.
I had African cichlids who lasted close to a decade for me before, and the humble corydoras cats are capable of living up to 20 years with the right care.