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AFRICAN CICHLIDS TEMPERATURE ?

 

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS TEMPEWWRATURE

Your African Cichlids temperature can be the single most important factor in the life of your African Cichlids.  They are

super sensitive to change in their aquarium water temperature, especially when it happens suddenly because it can send

their systems out of whack and possibly be fatal.

 

A major component of your African Cichlids temperature and aquarium system is your heating system Choose the

size of your heating units based on 3-5 watts per gallon as a guide.  Remember, that each heating unit can raise the

temperature of your aquarium water a certain number of degrees.  

 

During the year, the ambient temperature of the room where your African Cichlids aquarium system is located will fluctuate

with the seasons.  A quality heating unit helps to maintain a constant temperature in your aquarium and minimize

temperature fluctuation in your cichlids environment.

 

When hot summer day temperatures are gone, warm days can continue to linger into the Fall season, creating a unique

challenge for African Cichlids aquarists concerning your African Cichlids temperature.   These warm air temperatures

can result in higher aquarium water temperatures in your cichlids environment causing havoc on the ecosystem.  If the

proper precautionary measures are not in place to regulate your aquarium water temperature.  You can guarantee a healthy

ecosystem for your African Cichlids with an understanding of what happens when your African Cichlids temperature

warms up, by investing in quality heating equipment to prevent a warm water disaster on your African Cichlids.

 

This posses the question, ” How do I know if my aquarium water is to warm for my African Cichlids?”  If your cichlids change

color, are overly active, found gasping or “yawning” at the water surface because of the lack of oxygen available,  your water

is probably to warm for them. 

 

Ok. I’m going to get a little scientific here for a moment!  Your African Cichlids are exothermic, simply meaning they rely on

the  temperature of their environment to regulate their body functions.  Therefore, it is important to maintain a constant

aquarium water temperature of 78ºF to keep you cichlids healthy.  When their environment, “heats up” and

potentially exceed their preferred range, which can be the case during the Summer and Fall months, a number of things take

place:

 

HYPERACTIVITY → An increase in your African Cichlids metabolism causing them to be more active.  This increase in

                                            activity cause your cichlids to require more oxygen, but there is less of it available because the

                                            warmer aquarium water can’t hold  as much dissolved oxygen as cooler water can. I’m going to

                                            be a bit scientific again!  This  cooler water and decreased dissolved  oxygen level also affect

                                            the aerobic bacteria in the nitrogen cycle, resulting in your biological filtration to be less effective,

                                            causing an increase in ammonia in your African Cichlids environment.  Add to that, the higher

                                            African Cichlids water temperature increases  your cichlids metabolism causing them to eat more. 

                                           What goes in, must go out!  So, more fish waste.  You now have the recipe for a water quality

                                           disaster.

 

SIMPLE SOLUTIONS! → There are several easy ways to counter your African Cichlids temperature  being to warm in

                                                     their environment.  Don’t locate your tank in direct sunlight, by heating or air conditioning

                                                     vents, and ensure that excellent water circulation exists in your tank to assist in keeping a

                                                     constant aquarium water temperature.  Monitoring your African Cichlids temperature

                                                     and following a few simple guidelines, you will ensure that your cichlids will keep their cool,

                                                     all year!

 

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS AQUARIUM WATER PARAMETERS

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS AQUARIUM WATER PARAMETERS

African Cichlids aquarium water parameters must be kept stable and at proper levels to prevent

stress and ensure healthy inhabitants.  Fluctuating or  below optimum conditions in the water is

one of the main factors of cichlid illness or death.  Regular testing of your African Cichlids aquarium

water parameters can prevent serious problems from happening .  It is vital to do regular readings

of certain aquarium water conditions.   They include:

Temperature. Your African Cichlids are very sensitive to change in their surrounding environment

                              temperature.  Sudden fluctuation can wreak havoc on them.  In addition, stable aquarium

                             water temperature extremes should be avoided as well.  Warm water  can not keep as much

                             dissolved oxygen in it and creates dangerous oxygen-deprived conditions.  Keeping a constant

                             water temperature of 77°F  is ideal.  

 

pH.  The ” Potential of Hydrogen” is a measurement of acidity or alkalinity.   A pH of 7.0 is considered neutral.

          Readings lower are acidic, while those higher being alkaline. Maintaining the specific level of acidity or

          alkalinity of your cichlids water is also vital to their well-being.  Improper or extreme pH levels can have

          physical affects on your cichlids.  This can cause damage to their gills, eyes, or even death, as a result. 

         African Cichlids require a high pH level between 8.0-8.2.

 

Ammonia.  This is extremely toxic to your cichlids and can cause problems ranging from gill disease to being fatal. 

                         Monitoring this African Cichlids aquarium water parameters is a must and corrected immediately if

                         present in your  aquarium water. 

 

Nitrite.  An elevation of  African Cichlids aquarium water parameters could be an indication of a problem with your

                  biological filtration.  This needs to be addressed immediately because even low levels of nitrite suppress

                  your  cichlids immune systems.  This can quickly be fatal to your fish if levels in the aquarium water remain

                  elevated.

 

Nitrate.  Levels of this in the water are not as toxic as the previous two African Cichlids aquarium water parameters.

                   But,  it also needs to be monitored on  a regular basis to avoid stress on your cichlids. An elevated level of

                   nitrate in your aquarium water can welcome an unwanted, aggressive guest- Algae !  A final thought on your

                   African Cichlids water parameters is, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate  levels need to remain  at a constant,

                  undetectable reading when you do water tests.

 

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS WATER – AMMONIA LEVELS UNDER CONTROL

 

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS WATER

Your African Cichlids water may have ammonia in it, and is fairly easy to manage. The key is to understand and learn

what to do to prevent ammonia from becoming a challenge in your African Cichlids water.

During your aquarium system setup , your water will have a high level of ammonia in it for a period of time during the

cycling period.  No worries!  This is a normal and natural process the water goes through.  Let nature take its course! 

Do nothing.  Be aware of ammonia levels in established African Cichlids water with efficient biological filtration

because its presence in your water may not be measurable. Don’t be fooled by this misconception.  Even if ammonia

levels are undetectable, it does not mean there is no ammonia present in your African Cichlids water!

Ammonia is continually being introduced into your African Cichlids water through fish waste, uneaten food, and natural

biological processes.  The biological stage of your filter system rapidly converts ammonia into less harmful

compounds, as long as it is operating properly.  Generally, biological filtration in an established cichlids aquarium

remains stable.  However, certain factors can periodically compromise this filtration and cause a dramatic and toxic

increase in your aquarium water ammonia level.  This is commonly referred to as an ammonia spike.  Common

causes are: overfeeding-excess or uneaten food is the most common cause of ammonia in aquarium water.  This

addition of organic matter in your water can test the limits of your filter’s biological process.  When it presence in

your water exceeds the filter’s ability to process it, then the ammonia can become toxic to your cichlids.  Remedy-

avoid the “one big meal” feeding method.  Feed your cichlids the portion of food, once daily, that they can

consume in about 1 minute.  A sudden increase in your  biological load ( the total number of cichlids and the

relating waste in the aquarium water) can also trigger an ammonia spike.  As your African Cichlids grow in size,

their increased body mass and waste may cause frequent spikes as well if your filter system is unable to keep up

with the additional fish load.  A solution to an ammonia challenge in your African Cichlids water is to have a

complete plan of action  thought out before investing one penny on your new African Cichlid aquarium system! 

Ask yourself   “what size aquarium do I want, how many cichlids can that tank safely have based on

the size of my tank ( one cichlid per gallon of aquarium water when fully grown)Have

purchased the right AquaClear power filter to handle the fish load and maintain excellent water

quality ( a flow rate of 4-6 gallons per hour)”.  These are a few of the important questions that need to be

addressed in order to have a successful  African Cichlids aquarium system.  If you should have to medicate your

aquarium because of a disease be sure to research the product first before treating your cichlids and introducing

it into your aquarium water.  Certain medications can wipe out the beneficial bacteria in your filter system. 

Another consideration is to remove the infected cichlid and place it in a separate quarantine tank to prevent any

unwanted results in your main aquarium.

 

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS WATER TEMPERATURE

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS WATER TEMPERATURE

Your African Cichlids aquarium temperature can be the single most important component in the life of your

African Cichlids.  They are super sensitive to change in their environment, especially temperature, and a sudden

change can send their immune system out of whack.

A major component of your aquarium system is the heating unitChoose the size of your heater based on 3-5 watts

per gallon  as a guide.  Remember that each heater can raise the temperature of your aquarium water a certain

number of degrees. 

Your African Cichlids  water temperature will fluctuate with the seasons of the year because of the ambient

temperature of the room where your system is located.  Purchasing a quality heating unit will help to maintain a

constant water temperature in your aquarium, minimizing temperature fluctuation on your African Cichlids. 

Controlling the temperature of your African Cichlids water temperature is vital to the health of your fish because

they are cold-blooded animals and it has a direct impact on their well being. Your aquarium water temperature

also influences the biological portion of your filter system, dissolved oxygen content, as well as, ammonia toxicity. 

It can be easy to overlook this component of your aquarium system management.  It is vital to the success of your

cichlids’ aquarium.

Cichlids are sensitive to temperature change, therefore, it is imperative to invest in a quality heater, and an accurate

thermometer.   Monitoring the temperature should be done daily.  A sudden change in your aquarium water could

send your cichlids’ immune systems out of control, and that spells sick fish.

If your African Cichlids water temperature rises to high, low dissolved oxygen content and increased ammonia may

occur. 

Warm water also increases the metabolism of your cichlids causing them to eat more and grow faster, resulting in

greater waste production.  The biological filtration, which processes nitrogenous waste , may be pushed to its limits.

Effective African Cichlids temperature management is the result of investing in a quality heater based

on the size of your aquarium, an accurate thermometer, and monitoring it by simply checking the

reading daily.

 

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS AQUARIUM WATER QUALITY

 

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS AQUARIUM WATER QUALITY

Most filters give you a recommendation on aquarium size for a given filter.  That is exactly what it is, a guideline.

Several factors can reduce the efficiency of the filter and compromise your African Cichlids aquarium water quality .

Consider the following in maintaining excellent aquarium African Cichlids aquarium water quality in your system

and having your filter system be operating as efficiently as possible.

Your  fish load, or the quantity of fish, in your cichlids aquarium affects the efficiency of your filter.  As you add

more cichlids, and they grow in size they produce more waste and put a higher demand on your African Cichlids          

aquarium water quality.  If your filter system is unable to keep up with your fish load , you may end up spending

additional time on maintenance.  Your aquarium may suffer from poor water quality and you may have less time

enjoying your cichlids. 

Cichlids have a large body mass and require a 3 stage filtration system (biological, chemical, and mechanical)  to

accommodate this.

Another consideration in maintaining African Cichlids aquarium water quality is the chemical filter media. 

It improves your water quality by removing toxic chemicals.  An excellent choice to significantly enhance the existing

filter is activated carbon which is already included when you purchase your Aqua Clear Power Filter!

The amount of food you feed your cichlids also plays a key role in filter efficiency.  If you constantly overfeed your

cichlids, two things may eventually  effect your African Cichlids aquarium water quality.. Your system may require

additional filtration to remove uneaten food, as well as, fish waste.  This can cost you in filter expenses and increased

maintenance.   Neither of which needs to happen.  Maintaining your cichlids health, top filter performance, and no

expense for additional filtration can be achieved by using this simple rule of thumb! FEED YOUR YOUR CICHLIDS

THE AMOUNT OF FOOD THEY CAN CONSUME IN ONE MINUTE.  Any remaining food will probably end up

on the substrate (gravel) of your aquarium where your cichlids will “graze” for several minutes after you feed them eating

the food that has fallen to the bottom of your aquarium.  These steps can help you maintain excellent, healthly African

Cichlids aquarium water quality in your system!

This looking threw  six feet of water from one of the tanks I maintain.

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS WATER IS SMOKEY !

 

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS WATER IS SMOKEY!

 Your African Cichlids water appears to have a white smoke swirling around in in!  No reason to panic. First, it is

important to understand what is taking place in your African Cichlids aquarium, and why.  The process taking

place is normal during your African Cichlids aquarium set-up period.  It is usually a part of the ‘cycling period”

after water is added to your tank.  Most likely, there is a concentrated level of ammonia in the water causing

nitrifying bacteria that consume the ammonia to reproduce quickly and over populate to the point that they

become visible , creating what looks like clouds of white smoke swirling in your aquarium water. 

 

This is a normal reaction in an enclosed ecosystem such as your  African Cichlids water.  This takes place

when an ecosystem has inadequate nitrifying bacteria to consume the ammonia in your aquarium water.

  In most cases, as the nitrogen cycle continues, your  water will clear up.  Be patient, and let nature take

its course. 

When you can do is test your aquarium water for ammonia and nitrite levels when your  water first becomes

cloudy!  What you will probably discover is that your ammonia level will be high, and continue to rise, and the

nitrite could be zero, or low.  As time passes, nitrite reproduction will take place and this level will continue to

increase .  Suddenly, one day ( usually within a week of your aquarium water becomingcloudy), the ammonia

level will drop to zero.  When this happens, nitrite-consuming bacteria, nitrate, begins to colonize and turn the

toxic nitrite into less toxic nitrate, completing the “nitrogen cycle” in your African water.  At this point, you can

test your water for ammonia and nitrite again.  In addition, test the nitrate level.  Ammonia and nitrite levels

should be zero, and the nitrate level close to or zero as well.

So, during the period of “smokey” aquarium water , all you need to do is test your water.  The bacteria in your

African Cichlids water will clear it up. .  It is best to let nature take its course.

 

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS MAINTENANCE – POWER FAILURE

 

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS MAINTENANCE-POWER FAILURE

African Cichlids maintenance.  Power outage! Are you prepared? There are some simple steps you can take to

minimize stress  and possible death on your cichlids.

Loss of oxygen in your  aquarium water will will most likely happen first after the power is lost, followed by lowering of

your aquarium water.  The loss in temperature can cause ich to occur.  The third change is ammonia build up. Since

African Cichlid aquarium water have a higher pH, the more toxic the ammonia becomes.  Have a battery powered

air pump, airline, and an air stone on hand to address these issues.  oxygen depletion in your aquarium water can

happen in as few as a couple of hours, and your pet store may not be open or may also be experiencing the power

loss. This is a critical and pro-active action that is strongly suggested for your African Cichlids maintenance.

When  the power goes out, unplug the filter and pumps so toxins are not released back into your aquarium

water when the electricity comes back on.

Hook up the air stone and place it near the water surface.

Insulate your aquarium by placing a blanket over the top of it after the light cools, if it was on. This will help keep

heat from escaping the water and aid in keeping your aquarium water warmer.

DO NOT feed your cichlids.  This will create toxins in your aquarium water.

When the power returns, clean the filter media in the 4 gallon bucket of aquarium water you use to clean the media.

Simply immerse the mechanical media and charcoal in the water and clean each by squeezing out the debris until

clean. Get the filter operating as soon as possible.  Do a 10% – 15% water change to dilute the toxins in your

aquarium water and restore water quality.

These precautionary measures will have you prepared if the electricity goes out.  More importantly it will save you

precious time by already having the items on hand!  Keeping your aquarium water oxygenated and reducing the

temperature loss will reduce the stress on your cichlids and possibly prove to be a vital step in your African Cichlids

maintenance , should your experience a power outage.

 

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS AQUARIUM FILTER SYSTEM

 

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YOUR AFRICAN CICHLIDS AQUARIUM FILTER SYSTEM

Your African Cichlids aquarium filter system is a key part to the health of your African Cichlids.  Power filters usually

have three main components of filtration:

MECHANICAL MEDIAwhich usually is a pad or sponge, CHEMICAL MEDIA, consisting of carbon, and a

BIOLOGIGAL MEDIA, with a large surface area for bacteria to colonize.  To keep them all in top condition, it is

important to have an understanding what each stage of the filter does, and  how to keep each component doing their

respective job.   This topic will be reference  your African Cichlids aquarium filter system and the

Hagen Aqua Clear Power Filter

                               African Cichlids aquarium filter

The mechanical media acts like a strainer sifting out debris.  If it gets to full it becomes clogged, diverting the water

flow from your  filter, releasing the debris back into your aquarium water where toxic ammonia can form.  This media

should be inspected weekly, and cleaned at least biweekly, in the container of aquarium water you have set aside.

( The 4 gallon plastic bucket).  Simply immerse the sponge into the water and squeeze out the debris until it is clean. 

The purpose of using aquarium water is that it also houses the beneficial bacteria that are in the pores

of the sponge.  This water preserves the bacteria while cleaning it.  The sponge should last several years before

it needs to be replaced.  This should be done when your sponge doesn’t, “spring” back to its original shape when

squeezed.  Following this process will ensure you that it won’t become clogged and will provide you with years of  service

as you African Cichlids aquarium filter system.

 

The chemical media of your African Cichlids aquarium usually consists of carbon which bonds with dissolved organic and

other impurities.  This needs to be rinsed in your container of aquarium water biweekly, and replaced monthly. 

After the period of time the carbon will have exhausted its chemical benefits and start collecting bacteria which could result

in loss of your biological filtration.  This could also cause an ammonia spike and release nitrites into your aquarium water

causing stress on your cichlids.  So, clean the carbon biweekly, and replace monthly.  Yep, what was just mentioned

was repeated!

 

The biological media of  your African Cichlids aquarium  filter is a major part of the quality of life within your aquarium.

It should have a large surface area and water flowing through it.  If the water flow through this media becomes diverted, 

that area of bacteria in the sponge dies from lack of oxygen.  In order for this to function properly, this needs to be rinsed

in your container of aquarium water biweekly, and replaced monthly.  Another reason for using aquarium water is

that it is not chlorinated,  so it won’t damage the the bacteria in the media.   The media should last for several years.  When

it does come time to replace  it,  do not clean your aquarium at the same time.  The sponge needs time to colonize bacteria. 

To assist and speed up this process you can add, “cycle” to the aquarium water. This is a bacteria additive which aids in the

bacteria growth process.  Following these guidelines for your African Cichlids aquarium filter system will give you results of

a healthy, efficient filter systemClean the carbon biweekly, and replace monthly. This was mentioned several times

in the article to stress it’s importance, and not to insult your ability to read or intelligence. Thanks for your understanding.

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TANK PLACEMENT FOR AFRICAN CICHLIDS

 

 

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TANK PLACEMENT FOR YOUR AFRRICAN CICHLIDS

Successful tank placement of your African Cichlids aquarium depends on research and preparation concerning

fundamental aspects including the  placement of your aquarium and size to avoid costly mistakes.  Location,

location, location. This is the key to your African Cichlids  tank placement.

 

Most important, place your tank where it is easily accessible for maintenance.  Just as people need space around

them, so does your aquarium system, such as the back, for filtration and  the top, for water changes and lighting.  If any

equipment is going to be located in a cabinet, make sure that area has adequate ventilation to avoid humidity and heat.

 

Place your system no further than 3 feet away from an outlet, away from vents and exterior doors,  AND avoid

direct sunlight.  This is to avoid using extension cords and eliminate a tripping hazard.  Stable water temperature is

imperative to your African Cichlids health.  Locate your system out of direct sunlight , heating and air conditioning vents,

and exterior doors where there may be drafts which could drastically alter the temperature of the surrounding area.

One last consideration for your tank placement is to locate it near a water supply to make water changes easier for you.

 

Check to see if the floor, “gives” under the weight of your body. Use a level to see if the flooring is even.  If your African

Cichlids aquarium system isn’t level,  you run the risk springing a leak.  Once completely set-up,  your African Cichlids

aquarium weighhs at least 12lbs./gallon of water.   With a 55 gallon system , this will weigh at least 660 pounds.  So,

choose your location carefully, it’s going to be in that spot for a long period of time!  For larger tanks, play it safe,

consult a professional that your flooring system is capable of supporting the weight.  Be sure that your tank

location is level.  If your aquarium is not level it creates increased pressure and stress on the interior of tank glass

which adds the risk of a leak, and the possibility of it tipping over.  Not a good thing either way!

 

The last consideration for your tank placement  location  is  your aquarium size.   The larger your aquarium, the

happier your African Cichlids will be!  

 

 

Giving some thought and consideration to your tank placement before setting it up could be the difference between

an enjoyable aquarium or a continued eyesore  of your hard work and efforts.

 

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YOUR AFRICAN CICHLIDS AQUARIUM FILTRATION

 

 

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YOUR AFRICAN CICHLIDS AQUARIUM FILTRATION

In an enclosed environment, such as as an aquarium, toxic compounds accumulate quickly with out the natural

means to remove these elements efficiently.  Aquariums are dependent on filtration devices to create and maintain

a  healthy environment that can support life.  Your African Cichlids aquarium filtration system needs to have three

basics in order to achieve this.  They are biological, chemical, and mechanical processes.  Each will be introduced to

give a better understanding of filtration of the water. The goal of any type of filtration is to simply eliminate aquarium

water impurities.

 

BIOLOGICAL FILTRATION  involves a series of natural processes where toxic ammonia is broken down by

beneficial bacteria into less toxic elements.  The media used to achieve this needs to have a large surface area so the

bacteria growth can take place to effectively process harmful compounds.  Good water flow also aids in a thriving

bacteria colony.

 

CHEMICAL FILTRATION is the process of removing water impurities, chemically.  For this to be most effective

your water should first flow through the mechanical filtration. Chemical filtration removes pollutants the mechanical

 and biological processes aren’t able to discard.  It is the third or final stage of filtering, following the biological stage.

 

MECHANICAL FILTRATION is the method of removing debris suspended in your tank water.  As the water flows

through this media it physically traps and removes uneaten food and fish waste giving the water a clearer, cleaner

appearance .  It also prevents the biological filter from clogging in your African Cichlids aquarium filtration system.

 

Your African Cichlids aquarium filtration is maintained through this triple filter process.  Large surface areas for the

mechanical and chemical stages increases the filter capacity.  I have used power filters for smaller system setups for

over 17 years.  They are all still in use today with replacement of some internal parts.  The filter box and biological

media are all original .  Specifically, I use the Hagen Aqua Clear units.  They are extremely reliable and super-easy to

clean because of the removable filter basket.  Installation is a  “snap” . Simply place the filter on the back of the tank

and level it.

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