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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 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.

That wraps up this article your aquarium water and African Cichlids aquarium filter.

 

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS TANK MAINTENANCE

 

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African Cichlids tank maintenance  is key to the continued success of your hard work and patience youhave put forth

in your investment. We have all heard something like, ” an ounce of prevention, is worth a gallon of cure”.  This is

absolutely true when it concerns your aquarium maintenance. This article focuses on your weekly and monthly  steps to

keep your system in “tip top” shape, and your African Cichlids healthy!  The best part of it all is that your aquarium

maintenance won’t take much time to do!

 

 

WEEKLY AFRICAN CICHLIDS TANK MAINTENANCE

Replace evaporated water with freshly drawn COLD tap water.

Treat with Tap Water Conditioner

TIP → Completely rinsed out plastic gallon milk cartons work great for this, and can save you time if you can save

a few bottles and fill them with water for future use, and put the cap on them after filling with water.

Clean the outside of your aquarium glass by spraying a small area with alcohol and wipe dry.  NO STREAKS!

Clean the inside of the glass your magnet cleaner.

Clean your filter.  ( power filter)

 

 

TIP→  Have a 4 gallon plastic square container , FILLED WITH AQUARIUM WATER, set aside for this.

Remove the filter basket and take the sponge and put in the container and squeeze out the debris until clean.

Check to see the filter is level with a small level.

Check the temperature 77ºF

That’s it for your weekly African Cichlids tank maintenance!

 

 

MONTHLY AFRICAN CICHLIDS TANK MAINTENANCE

Do a water change.

1/3 of the water volume with a “python siphon”.

TIP→  Insert the siphon tube completely into your gravel and keep it in the same spot until the water is clear

before moving on to a different area.  Repeat until you have cleaned all of your gravel.

Reverse your siphon and replace the water with COLD tap water.

Add Algeafix and Tap Water Conditioner per directions.

Clean bubble wall with a denture brush.

 

 – * WATCH YOUR AFRICAN CICHLIDS.  THEY WILL, “TELL”

            YOU IF SOMETHING IS WRONG IN THEIR WORLD.

  • Done.  That’s it for your African Cichlids tank maintenance. Enjoy your tank!

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AFRICAN CICHLIDS AS YOUR AQUARIUM INHABITANTS

Before pursuing the art and science of African Cichlids aquaria concentrating on tank setup and maintenance, it was important to become knowledgeable on the subject.   Following is what I learned over the past  17 years since  I setup my first African Cichlids  tank, and still holds true today.

They are prized for beautiful coloration.  Difficult to find another freshwater fish that are more colorful.  It is also a challenge to find a saltwater fish more colorful for more money.

     

They are very hardy animals, and easy to maintain.  African Cichlids require alkaline water. These animals can tolerate a wide range of pH levels, whereas most freshwater fish will “belly-up”, if this water parameter varies more then .5.

These fish are also popular because of their energetic personality, one of the easiest freshwater fish to breed, and range in size from 4-6 inches.

African Cichlids do cost more then other freshwater fish, however, that is a positive because you will be getting more, “fish for you’re dollar”.  The average life span is between 4-10 years in age.

1,200 species have been identified, and only about 1/3 are available to the enthusiast  What this represents is the opportunity for more of these cichlids to be readily available for enjoyment.

Because of their size, they do require a large aquarium.  This is a favorable aspect as well because the larger the aquarium, the easier it is to maintain a stable environment in the tank.

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