African Cichlid Lake Malawi - aquarium fish I have
It is impossible to breed African tiger fish in an aquarium. Most specimens kept in aquariums are often captured from the wild.
African cichlids are susceptible to the same diseases that affect most aquarium freshwater fish. These include fungal infections, bacterial infections like fin and tail rot, and parasitic infections like ich.
African cichlids are susceptible to the same diseases that affect most aquarium freshwater fish. These include fungal infections, bacterial infections like fin and tail rot, and parasitic infections like ich.Another fairly common infection seen in rift lake cichlids is what is termed “Malawi bloat”, gaining its name from initially being recognized in fish from Lake Malawi. Little is really known about this disease or what causes it, but the fish literally bloats up with water, the eyes tend to pop out, the scales stand up, and it tends to loose its balance. Symptoms include a loss of appetite, swollen abdomen, rapid breathing, and thin white feces. It is not known if it is infectious or not, but when seen it is generally recommended that the aquarium should be dealt with immediately with a 1/3 water change, and treatment. Two suggested treatments are Clout and Metronidazole.See for information and treatment of diseases.
African Biotope Aquariums - Tropical Freshwater Aquarium Fish
Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Butterikoferi African Cichlid
All newly set-up aquariums must go through a filter conditioning process in order to sustain fish life. (Please see our “New Tank Water Conditions” tip sheet.) It will take the water approximately 4-6 weeks to condition, during which time only a small number of fish can be added to the tank. Once the aquarium has been set up and running for a minimum of 24 hours, six (6) 1.5 inch fish per 10 gallons of water can be safely introduced. For this particular niche type, Gardneri Killifish, African Butterfly, and Upside Down Catfish would be good choices to start. Over the next several weeks when water quality tests of ammonia and nitrite reach zero, more fish species can be added.This current community has been going as is for about 18 months. There have been a few additions and subtractions along the way. The tank has held primarily West African fish for five years. Former denizens have included breeder pairs of Teleogramma brichardi,Steatocranus irvinei, Pelvicachromis humilis, P. rubrolabiatus, Chromidotilapia guentheri guentheri, Arnoldichthys spilopterus (I really miss those tetras) and various singleton eels, catfish and mormyrids. There is just something about a West African community aquarium that keeps my interest over the long term. This tank is due for a change, and when I get back from Gabon in a month I hope to be able to convert it over to an all-Gabon community.This aquarium is currently my longest-established display. It is a semi-aggressive community of cichlids and tetras from the Congo region of West Africa. The bright red cichlids that are currently dominating the tank are Hemichromis cf. lifilili ‘Moanda’. That name is a relatively new concept for a fish that has been in the hobby for about 6 years under the designation H. sp. ‘Moanda’. Dr. Anton Lamboj is in the process of ding a revision of the genus, and he is now calling this fish a color form of the species H. lifilili, and he tells me that it is ok to do so. I guess that means that when the paper is published he will identify it such. That rumor has been around for a couple years, and there are some other notable scientists who question that this fish H. lifilili. But Anton is a friend, a good ichthyologist and is currently the guy working on the genus… so I will give him the benefit of the doubt (and fan the flames a bit!). The fish that has been distributed around the hobby as H. lifilili for the past couple decades is not a pure H. lifilili. This is something that the scientists who are actually interested in tank strains agree on. The consensus is that they are the long-standing tank strains of fish that have been crossed in and out of H. gutattus varieties, may include some H. lifilili blood from a few decades ago and could have picked up some DNA from unintentional crosses to any of several red-jewel species that are all hard to tell apart (H. bimaculatus, H. letourneuxi & H. cristatus are the most likely contributors). Cichlid taxonomy is FUN FUN FUN!!!!!African cichlids are considered to be one of the most diverse, intelligent, active and colorful families of freshwater fish in the modern aquarium hobby.