Everyone begins their cichlid keeping journey somewhere. Maybe you grew up around fish tanks, your friends kept fish, or you were mesmerized when you first encountered that tank with a big Oscar in it. Regardless, you weren't born knowing how to be a good fish keeper. You've had to learn like everyone else. How you learned, however, may vary from another cichlid keeper.
Yesterday, I stumbled upon a pretty solid list of do's and dont's for any cichlidophile, novice or otherwise, which should serve as a guide to being both successful and responsible with these amazing fish. I have re-posted it here with permission from the author.
I'm pretty onboard with each of these, except for #8. I'd be more inclined to have a quarantine tank over a hospital tank, especially if you regularly acquire new cichlids from multiple sources. If you need a hospital tank all of the time, you're either not doing something right or you're getting bad fish. I don't consider quarantine and hospital tanks one in the same, but some folks do.
CORRECTION (4/05/17): The author of the tips contacted me after posting this and indicated he had a typo in #8 below. The second sentence in #8 originally began "You need one set up permanently,.." What it should have said is "You don't need one set up permanently,..." I corrected it below, but that edit necessitates a change in my paragraph above to simply say, "I'm onboard with each of these."
*GENERAL TIPS FOR CICHLID KEEPERS*
The Cichlid Room Companion
Tropical Fish Hobbyist
American Cichlid Assoc.
African Cichlid Hub