Aside from products to treat your tap water for toxins (see ) you can provide a fine environment for your African cichlids simply by using Epsom salt and baking soda to obtain pH, GH and KH in the ranges suggested here. Still, some people like to take it a step further and use additives to provide other trace elements found in the Rift Lakes. They believe that creating conditions as natural as possible will result in extraordinarily healthy and colorful fish. Other folks feel that since most of these fish are bred and raised in aquariums, they would not miss the precise chemistry of lake water theyve never even been exposed to.
Cichlids are very famous fish types for fish lovers and they are very popular fish breeds for aquarium tanks. African cichlids are more colorful than other species.
These values are approximate ranges. In nature, the pH levels will vary somewhat as the levels of the lakes will rise and fall through the years, making them either less salty or more salty. In the aquarium, African cichlids can adapt to wide ranges of pH. What you need to be mindful of is to not make any rapid adjustments to the pH level. Such a careless or unknowing act will severely shock your fish, suppressing their immune system, making them more susceptible to disease. Keeping in mind all that I have said, I recommend keeping African Cichlids at a stable pH of 8.2 - 8.4. Fish from all three appreciate pH levels within this range. Cichlids from West African or the rivers and streams of East African require water that is more neutral - pH 7.0.My african cichlid aquarium. Filter is JBL Crystalprofi 1500, using Eheim Air 100, Hydor Eth 200 heater, Coralife turbotwist 3X 9W and beamswork leds. No tubes, no visible hoses in tank :) The anubias didnt last too long, the fish liked dragging them around.. Thought I would risk it but it failed.. Now they are chilling with some kinder fish !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.There are over 100 species of African cichlids, which belong to the Cichlidae family. These freshwater fish are inhabitants of African lakes such as Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganyika, and Lake Victoria. African cichlids are the most colorful freshwater aquarium species and are easy to maintain and cultivate in freshwater aquariums.