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Old 09-07-2003, 12:36 AM
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i thought about having a cichlid tank, any suggestions chuck??
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Old 09-07-2003, 12:59 AM
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Use sand or very fine pebbles, Feed them only twice a day and one of the meals should be vegetable based.... never feed them live food, and make sure your flake is not to high in protein. This is to prevent a disease called Malawi bloat.

Change at least 20% of the water weekly... or try about 10% every day or every other day.... you don't have to de-chlorinate if you only change out 10% or less...

Try keeping the PH at 8 or above (not above 9) ... You can stabilize your PH by throwing a piece of dried coral in the tank.... they can also use this to scrape up against, etc.

Keep the tank water at or above 80 but try and make sure their water temp is stable.

Make sure you give them plenty of hiding spots... for breeding I used small clay pots.

Make sure they have plenty of filtration.... If you use sand, don't worry about cleaning it when you remove water... remember, these fish dig lots in the sand, they will keep it clean enough.

If you don't want to use sand go to your local hardware store and get the course sand blasting rock... (I also got my sand at the hardware store.... DON'T use the kind of sand you throw in the back of your car or truck in the winter.... I think the stuff I got at the store was called silica sand or something like that... its white in color) .... make sure you clean the stuff thoroughly... quite a few rinses.

Don't mix lake Victoria fishes with Malawi fishes...

Don't over crowd a tank .... I might have only had 50 - 75 in a 280 gallon tank. (for show tank) ... I had hundreds in the vats then separated into larger tanks as they grew.

Again, nutrition is the most important thing.
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