I have 12 African cichlids in my 45 gallon freshwater fish tank. They like to hide so sometimes it’s hard to see them. They can get more colorful but they don’t show off their colors to avoid a fight with the dominant male. I like my cichlids because they get big and colorful. I originally wanted salt water fish but it was too expensive and too hard to maintain. I definitely recommend this kind of fish. The only thing is that the water is a little hard to maintain because they need specific pH, nitrate, and hardness levels. I still think you should still give it a shot! I love watching them swim as I fall asleep. I WILL have a salt water tank one day though!