My reason for being interested in cichlids is their varied personalities. As someone once told me, “they are a fish with a brain”. Many become pets just like a cat or dog.
I haven’t kept many species of cichlids but the few I have kept were enjoyable, worthwhile fish. Due to space constraints, the dwarf cichlids are the most practical for me. The one exception to this is a pair of white angel fish that are my buddies. They are a breeding pair and have produced babies. I plan to get serious about raising a bunch of them next time.