Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Butterikoferi African Cichlid
Our large selection of live African cichlid fish species are perfect for aquariums
African cichlids are also very aggressive fish. For the beginner this may be daunting, but if enough about their behavior and needs is understood, this attribute can be turned to the advantage of the aquarist. One of the advantages this aggression has is that African cichlids can be crowded. When kept in a crowded environment, aggressive and dominant fish tend to lose their victims in the crowd. Crowding is actually a condition that is found in the wild, as they are often found in densities as high as 10-18 fish per square meter. Think of this controlled crowding as a gift to the cichlid enthusiast. Just imagine, a tank packed with bright, colorful, and active fish. And you can certainly house three times the number per gallon than you could if you had a saltwater tank!
Despite their highly exotic appearance, African cichlids are actually one of the hardiest families of freshwater fish. In fact, they are resistant to most diseases that plague other species of freshwater fish and can easily live for 5-8 years in a well maintained aquarium.
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More than a thousand species of African cichlid live in Lake Malawi, and of these, several hundred are endemic. At 300 miles long and almost 300 miles wide, Lake Malawi is one of the largest in Africa, boasting a unique aquatic ecosystem that contributes to such a diverse palette of fish life. Today, catching and collecting aquarium fish remains a small but regular industry for those who live near Lake Malawi. In habits, appearance, and evolutionary history, the African Butterfly Fish, is one of the most unusual of all aquarium species. Yet despite having been in the trade for over 100 years, this “freshwater flying fish” (a misnomer, see below) gets little attention. Captive breeding is challenging but possible, and its fantastic hunting behaviors are thrilling to observe. I helped to set up an African Butterfly Fish exhibit at the Bronx Zoo, and was not at all surprised when it became a great favorite. Most of the visitors I spoke with were astonished to learn that such an “exotic” creature, worthy of a large zoo exhibit, was available at many pet stores! You should also be aware that ammonia can be much more stressful to your fishes at a high pH, such as African cichlids require. At a pH of 8.0, for example, the ammonia in your aquarium is effectively ten times more toxic than at a pH of 7.0. That is because the ammonia is in the NH3 form at a higher pH (instead of NH4+), which is more toxic.This is my African cichlid mbuna aquarium that has been in the works now since the beginning of this year. I've done a lot of research to get to this point to make sure I have an aquarium setup that will succeed. The aquarium is a 55 gallon Marineland with LED lighting. I have two penquin 350 power filters running that filters 700 g/hr. My decorations consist of several ceramic cichlid stones, plastic barrel, and a couple of plastic plants. The substrate is actually pool filter sand. I looked all over for the the whitest sand possible. This is Mystic white ll pool filter sand. The water where I live has a ph of 8.4, so I didn't need a special buffering substrate.
I have 22 cichlids to keep aggression down and it has worked, their is very little aggression whatsoever. I had all my fish shipped to me from Live Fish Direct from Utah. Very pleased with their quality and service. Here is my stock list:
Yellow Labs - 4 Red Zebras - 3 Cobalt blue Zebras - 3 Rustys - 3 Yellow Tail Acei - 2 Albino Socolofi(snow white) - 2 White Tail Acei - 1 Socolofi - 1 Red Top Dwarf - 1 Red Top Albino Zebra - 1 Long Pelvic Mdoka Zebra - 1
I'm being detailed so someone can benefit from the research that I have done to maybe save them some time. Hope you've enjoyed!