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The groups of fishes commonly referred to as Cichlids, comprise a vast group of, generally larger and more aggressive fishes from Africa and South and Central America with a few species being found in Asia. They offer such a large variety of bright colors, shapes and habits that they have become one of the most popular fishes kept by hobbyist's world wide.

Such is the diversity of species, breeding habits and feeding that it becomes necessary to set up different groups of Cichlids in different tanks. Some of these include African Cichlids, American Cichlids, Dwarf Cichlids or Discus. It is usually recommended that you keep these like minded fishes together and don't mix them in general.

Selecting and Positioning Your Tank

Always try to choose a tank with the largest possible surface area and volume as most cichlids grow quite large. Make sure you always have a glass cover to stop your fish jumping out.

Position your new aquarium so that you avoid direct sunlight hitting the aquarium for too long as this can cause excessive algae problems.

Choosing Gravel, Decor and Setting Up

Cichlids are quite territorial and the more holes, refuges and interesting "zones" you can create make for a much harmonized community.

A good starting point is to place in your tank a background that can offer the realism and natural environment that these fish will feel very relaxed and unstressed in. Check out the cichlid mansion range from Aquarium + Reptile Rocks Inc if you want something extraordinary.

Next is the gravel we advise a fine blended gravel as too coarse a gravel size allows uneaten food and waste to accumulate in the pockets between pebbles away from water flow that break it down. There are several varieties to choose from. Clean your gravel in small quantities in a bucket. Three or four rinses should be sufficient. Place the cleaned gravel into your aquarium tank along with a little water.

Next to add some more "zones" you can add cleaned rocks and driftwood and position them. Triangulate your decorations to create a greater depth of field and provide an amphitheatre where the fish can congregate in a community setting. Try to slope your gravel slightly towards the rear and sides using rocks and logs to create tiers and depth. The lightweight rocks from A+RR Inc like quartz rocks, north head ridge, barnacle, rock pool and charred wood make this fun and easy to do. When you have the major decorations in place, add a little water, if this is a little dirty from the gravel siphon this dirty water out again into your bucket.

Next fill your tank. Avoid disturbing the gravel by using a plate or newspaper onto which you can direct the water flow. Some coral sand is a good addition to an African tank, while white Rift Lake Sand looks great for Africans also but can show up detritus badly. These aspects will be discussed further later.

Preparing your Tap Water

Next we must treat our tap water to remove harmful chlorine and ammonia. There are several products that will remove both, the best value is Amquel Instant water Detoxifier.

It is also necessary to replace electrolytes like, magnesium, and potassium making in tap water.

The electrolytic aquarium salts are essential to fishes well being. Not only provide an anti-bacterial effect, but help fishes produce body slime to protect themselves from infection and create an essential osmotic barrier so they do not dehydrate. Make sure it is dissolved before adding to your aquarium.

There are also several products we can use to specific water conditions for African and Discus. To calculate water volume: consider 10cm x 10cm x 10cm = 1 liter. So length (cm) x Width (cm) x Height (cm) divided by 1000 = Volume (liters).

Biological Filter Supplementation

The Best way to get crystal clear water is to pro-actively provide bacteria cultures as biological filter supplement. In our opinion WASTE CONTROL and CYCLE used in conjunction with one another or HBH TERMINITE are the best way to enhance your filtration and stay ahead of the game. People using these products simply do not encounter the same problems as people who take a minimalist approach (don't use a filter supplement) and end up constantly reacting to problems. These bacteria cultures help convert all organic wastes to ammonia then further to nitrite and finally to nitrate. To establish your tanks bacteria populations can take several weeks but is accelerated greatly by adding supplements. Do not overstock your new aquarium during this run in period.

Filtration

All good filters provide ample filter media surface areas for the colonization of aerobic (oxygen breathing) denitrifying bacteria which break down fish waste. The greater the volume of the filter and the greater the flow rate, the bigger the population of bacteria to keep your tank clean. This is Biological filtration. All good filters should provide some sponge as Mechanical filtration. Chemical filtration is also important. We always use ammonia remover as a safeguard. Carbon is also beneficial but Purigen is superior. It is rechargeable and will also remove log stains from your tank (That is if you did not use the Charred wood from A+RR Inc). Remember to rinse loose particles out before adding to your filter.

Filter Types

Freshwater Trickle filters offer the most filtration for large seriously stocked tanks.

External Canister filers like the PRIME, EHEIM, FLUVAL or VIA AQUA are the best of the commercially available filters. They offer the largest volume of media and can be concealed from view. All these brands have a simple priming system and excellent taps to isolate water in the tubing while the filter is cleaned.

Hang On styles like the AQUACLEAR and AQUAONE are also very good. They possibly provide the best value if your budget does not permit an external canister. Simple fill the filter box with water and turn on. Water is pumped through the filter and gravity flows back into your tank.

Internal motorized filters like the CRYSTAL , RIO , and EIHEM are popular for smaller tanks or as a secondary filter for extra circulation in a large tank. Internals usually do not interfere with top glass or hoods. These can be placed under one of your lightweight rocks.

Air Operated filtration is often not sufficient for cichlids. We do highly recommend air bubbling in Cichlid tanks. Be sure to use a Check Valve so that water cannot flow back into your pump if power goes off.

If you have a Cichlid Mansions or Amazon background from A+RR Inc you can conceal a lot of the plumbing from view which makes for a very attractive set up.

Water Changing

Although nitrate (residual waste) is relatively harmless, the levels will accumulate and become dangerous if regular partial water changes are not performed to dilute nitrates. Cichlids are large fish that eat a lot, so nitrates accumulate quickly. PH is also pulled dangerously lower by organic waste accumulation. Therefore, no matter how good your filtration is, you still must water change regularly. We recommend a 1/3 - ½ water change fortnightly to keep pH above neutral and nitrates low.

The best tool to assist you with water changes is a Lee's Gravel Vacuum. They allow you to remove the dirtiestwater from around the gravel and replace it with clean, treated tap water. This task is easier to do and a better job done if you have lightweight rocks and décor. We recommend you test pH and nitrate weekly to ensure your water changing maintenance is sufficient to maintain this balance. PH can be maintained using PH UP, but the only easy way to remove nitrate is by water changing.

An important tip when changing. Rinse your filter media in your old aquarium water rather than under a tap as the chlorine in tap water will kill off the precious filter bacteria living in the foam and other media. If you follow these procedures you should never have to completely break your tank down to clean it out.

Heating

If you want to keep Cichlids you will need to heat them. A good guide is approximately 1 watt of heating per liter of water. A higher wattage heater than necessary is often a good choice though because they can be used on larger aquariums. Position your heater in a back corner at a 45 degree angle so that heat does not rise directly onto the thermostat. Make sure that there is good water movement around the heater to ensure that the element is heating. Large cichlids can get quite boisterous, so a heater guard will stop your heater being broken. We believe it necessary to also install a thermostat to check the heater. The stick on types are the best in our opinion as the suction cup type soon do not stick and require replacement.

Lighting

Lighting is necessary to view your fish at night time. To achieve this we find it better to illuminate your tank from afternoon until bed time when people can more easily enjoy their tanks. Lighting left on all day will undoubtedly cause excessive algae problems. For best results with plants we recommend high intensity full spectrum white lighting. We like to use Aquastars, Arcadia 's or Power Glo's.

The African Cichlid Tank

The African Rift lake Cichlids from Lakes Malaqi, Tanganyika and Victoria have become a popular variety of fish for people who desire dramatic color, size and movement in their tanks. African cichlids are quite aggressive and fast moving and should be kept in aquarium tanks set up for a community of African cichlids.

Natural Habitat

African Cichlids inhabit the rocky shorelines of the rift lakes of Africa . The water in these lakes is quite hard and alkaline. Large schools of fish graze algae from the rocky outcrop reefs. Amongst the algae live small crustaceans which also constitute part of the diet of African cichlids.

The bottom of the lakes is sandy. Innumerable caves formed between the boulders offer protection to young fish and brooding females. Check out the Cichlid mansion and Amazon range of backgrounds if you want realism and something special. Most species from Lake Malawi are mouth brooders and constitute a large proportion of the species available in the hobby. A lot of the Tanganyikan species form lifetime pair bonds and protect their young, while others are also mouth brooders.

Rift Lake Water Conditioning

To recreate the hard alkaline water required by these fish, shell grit or coral sand should be added to your gravel or used exclusively for the bottom. African Rift lake sand is also becoming popular, but can show up detritus badly. Good quality African Cichlid water conditioners like the Seachem Rift Lake Salt and Buffers are a real advantage in creating the right water conditions.

There are several products that will remove both chlorine and ammonia, but the best value is? Amquel Instant water Detoxifier.

Setting up African Rift Lake Cichlids

As African cichlids come from rocky shoreline areas of the lakes, we suggest that intricate rockwork form the basis of your set-up arranged to form area's with numerous caves. The rockwork should be predominantly built up around the back and sides to leave a communal amphitheatre where all the interaction and displays take place. A+RR Inc has a large range of rocks which are extremely attractive and offer plenty of hiding places. Plants are not essential to your African community tank because African Cichlids, being omnivorous, will eat your plants except for something such as Anubias. One option here is to cut some holes in barnacle rock which allows the greenery to be seen but protects the base in the gravel from the fish. Plastic plants instead make a good addition.

Adding African Rift Lake Cichlids

Try to crowd your African cichlids without taxing your filtration and water change management. This stops individuals from becoming too dominant and harassing others.

We find it best to start with small to medium sizes of fishes of several species in groups of four.

(4 Electric Blue, 4 Electric Yellows, 4 Venustus, 4 Red Empress)

Of the Lake Malawi fishes, the most common species are Zebras, Pindani, Lombardoi and others. People often start with these species as they are cheaper and show color while still young. Many hobbyists progress to the slightly more expensive and spectacular 'Haplochromis' group, like Electric Blues, Red Empress and the Peacocks where only the males exhibit the most amazing color as they mature. In general Take Tanganyika fishes are a bit more expensive and comprise some of the most sought after species like Frontosa, "Lanprologus" and Trheus.

Feeding Africans

Feeding African Cichlids the right type of foods is very important. African Cichlids have extremely long intestinal tracts, like omnivores, which means that foods (meat, worms etc.) will take a long time to digest. Inappropriate foods will rot in their stomachs causing bloating, sickness and sometimes death. For this reason foods with a large proportion of spirulina and vegetables are best. Our favorites, HBH VEGE or Cichlid Flakes and Pellets are perfect. Super Bits are also eagerly taken but we do not like to feed Super Bits exclusively, but rather combined with Spirulina based foods. Frozen bloodworm and brine shrimp are also good for most species, but meats and live blackworm are definitely no-no's.

The American Cichlid Tank

American Cichlids are larger growing and slower moving than their African cousins. They are also far more predatory and are happy with a higher protein than Africans. For these reasons we do not recommend keeping American and African Cichlids together. Of course there is always the odd exception.

Natural Habitat

The natural habitat of the Central and South American cichlids is quite different to that of Africans. Logs and branches in general replace rocky outcrops still having a background that can provide safe secure retreats are important. We feel darker gravel such as the Red Gravel blend suits the reflective colors of Americans, compared to lighter substrates spawners who will form a pair bond. Spawns can produce hundreds of fry, the parents will try to protect and nurture their babies instinctively. It is not uncommon for pairs of fish to spawn in the community tank, although it is unlikely that the parents will be able to protect babies from the hordes. Most American cichlids have also been in the hobby for a lot longer than Africans. Species like Oscars and Red Devils have become household names.

Water Conditioning

American Cichlids are quite tolerant of water conditions, but a pH close to neutral and low nitrates (regular water changes) provide a comfortable environment. Always treat new tap water well with XXXXXX and XXXXX as with all fish.

Setting Up for American Cichlids

Use plenty of logs. Submerge some rocks into the substrate and add more structure on top... Do not be concerned by excessive color from new logs as this will become less with regular water changing. You could use charred wood from A+RR Inc here as well. Plastic plants attached to small crevice rock will provide a splash of color. Of course you can use one of the Amazon or Cichlid mansion backgrounds that will create a stunning base for you to expand on.

Adding American Cichlids

Try to set up a large variety of young fish to grow up together. That way you will have far more compatible large fish when they grow up. Our favorite species are Oscars, Red Devils, Texas , Firemouths, Severums etc. Give them plenty of room to grow. Often people will ask, "What can I put with my large Oscar who has lived alone for a year?" if you put another single fish in, there is every chance that the new inhabitant will be killed. We advised it is better to trade in large fish and start with a community of smaller Americans.

Feeding Americans

American cichlids will consume a large variety of foods. HBH make a range of American specific cichlid foods. Advance the size of the pellets as your young fish grow. A wide variety of frozen foods are recommended in conjunction with live foods including feeder fish. Only offer feeder fish as a treat, otherwise they will become fussy about accepting prepared foods.

Dwarf Cichlids

The most popular dwarf cichlids are the Apistogrammas and Microgeophagus (Rams) from South America and the Pelvicachromis (Kribensis) from the Congo River system of Africa . These dwarf cichlids are popular community fish that may spawn in a community tank and exercise parental care over their young if there is enough cover. They prefer a good varied diet of prepared frozen and live foods.

Discus

Discuses are a popular group of cichlids kept by enthusiasts all over the world. Many claim Discus are the "King of Fishes". Discus are definitely a fish that require some experience, although they may be kept in a community aquarium tank. The major requirement to keeping Discus well is good water management and the best foods. Discuses seem to metabolize quickly and need to be fed often with high quality prepared and frozen foods. The best are Tetra Bits with daily frozen food like Beef Heart and Liver and Discus Dinner. Once Discus are feeding well they are competitive and hardy.

Discus are usually happy in low nitrate water with pH slightly acidic and soft water which is very warm 29-32 Degrees Celcius. For breeding Discus, the fish need to be well conditioned on the best foods. The best range of water conditioners for Discus are the Seachem range of Discus Buffers.

The major problem with Discus is their susceptibility to parasites like gill flakes as well as intestinal worms and flagellates. We advise regular treatments for parasites with General Cure or Worm-Rid, especially after Discus are newly purchased or moved. Intestinal worms are best treated with Worm-Rid and flagellates with Octozin. An inexpensive, yet very good book is the Barron's Discus Fishes.

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It's 10 p.m. You walk into the kitchen and notice your plate of brownies is a few short. You look around to find a pair of guilty puppy eyes staring back at you.


Earthquake preparedness tips — for your pets: How to keep them safe - Los Angeles Times  Los Angeles Times

Are you and your pet prepared for earthquakes or other emergency evacuations? If you aren't prepared, your animal companions aren't prepared. We turned to ...


Do our pets ever really love us – or do they just stick around for the food?  The Guardian

We dote on our cats and dogs, but is it a one-way relationship? Here's what science tells us about how to decode their emotions, whether they are avoiding us or ...


The very best Prime Day deals for pet owners  USA TODAY

Spend less on stuff for your furry friends during Amazon's big sale, including savings on Outward Hound, Greenies, Sherpa, Furbo camera, Embark DNA test, ...


Around The Towns: Oxygen Masks For Pets, Measles Protection For Campers  Daily Voice Plus

Pet owners in a sixth Westchester community can breathe a little easier now that local first responders have a special tool to help save family pets in home fires ...


Pizza Boxes Helping To Find Lost Pets  CBS New York

Angelo's Pizzeria in Matawan has been in business for 45 years.They recently changed up their policy: From now on, they're going to be posting flyers on their ...


Pet of the Week  KGBT-TV

If you're looking for a pet, look no further! The Harlingen Humane Society has all kinds of cute animals looking for a new home. Jason Gonzalez has today's pet ...


Rockford Police warn: Don’t leave kids and pets in hot cars!  MyStateline.com

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — As temperatures in the Rockford area are set to rise to dangerous levels, Rockford Police issue a reminder so parents don't forget to ...


What to do if you see a pet in a hot car  WSAW

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- Your furry friends will need some extra attention in this heat. "When these temperatures are going to be 80s and above make sure you ...


KCBD's Pet of the Day: Meet Shadow  KCBD

Meet Shadow, KCBD's Pet of the Day with Lubbock Animal Services. Shadow is a 5-year-old boxer mix.


Keeping your pets cool this summer  KJCT8.com

As temperatures in the Grand Valley climb into the triple digits, it's important to keep your pets cool. Experts shared a few tips on how to keep your pets safe this ...


'Bear Hugs to the Rescue' benefits pets at Partners With Paws of Lorain County  Cleveland 19 News

Bear Hugs to the Rescue aims to raise the spirits of people going through hard times.


Treat your pets with these great Amazon Prime Day deals!  Android Central

Your cat or dog is an important part of the family. That's why they also deserve something nice when it comes to Prime Day. Here are some of the best deals ...


Move over humans, this startup is making facial recognition for pets  Abacus

If you're a dog lover, you probably don't need convincing that your furry friend is like no other. But just how exactly can you tell two pups apart? AI startup Megvii ...


USDA offers pet safety tips after dog killed by wolf in Wood Co.  WAOW

USDA Wildlife Services officials responded to a Wood County residence Monday, where a dog was killed by a wolf, according to the organization.


As weather warms, toxic algae blooms pose threat to kids and pets  Eureka Times Standard

It's a water quality issue that arises each summer as the warm weather settles in across the region and this year will no different when it comes to toxic algae ...


Good reminders for protecting your pets in extreme heat  13abc Action News

PERRYSBURG (WTVG) - As we deal with more heat and humidity, there are some simple things you can do to keep your pets safe. A lot of this information may ...


Action News Troubleshooters: A warning about pet leasing agreements  WPVI-TV

We're all familiar with lease options when it comes to cars, apartments, and even cell phones. But some consumers are ending up in agreements for pet leasing.


Photos: Shelter pets pose across LA County at first-ever “Seen = Saved” photo event  LA Daily News

Lights. Camera. Paws! Seven Los Angeles County Animal Care Centers — including the Agoura Animal Care Center — put dogs, cats, rabbits and other critters ...


Hurricane Barry: More than 120 dogs and pets rescued from storm's path in Louisiana  CBS News

The Humane Society of the United States flew more than 120 dogs and cats to safety before Barry made landfall in Louisiana on Saturday. The nonprofit said all ...


Torchlight II has platform-exclusive pets, but the Switch companion is a mystery  Destructoid

Torchlight II is a total blur to me at this point, and that means I'm liable to double-dip for the upcoming console ports. The enduring action-RPG will make its way ...


Exotic pets are a major driver of invasive species  National Geographic

Releasing exotic animals into the wild is cruel and dangerous—for the pet and for native animals.


Disneyland for Dogs: Inside L.A.'s Power Kennels Where Hollywood Stars Board Pets  Hollywood Reporter

With private suites and "pawdicures," waterfalls and vitamins baths, the town's premier boarders up the ante on peace of mind for industry owners on location or ...


Police advise to never leave kids & pets in cars, rising temperatures could lead to death  WCYB

Richmond Police are currently investigating a possibly heat-related infant death. The investigation is still in the very early stages. Local media outlets in ...


How you can protect your pets as tropical storm targets the Gulf  ABC News

As Tropical Storm Barry bears down on the Gulf Coast, here's how to keep your pets safe.


Prime Day 2019: Best Pet Product Deals on Amazon  Forbes

From scratching posts to training pads, the best Prime Day deals for dogs and cats.


Pets Can Donate Blood, Too  Gizmodo

You know that donating blood is one of the most impactful things you can do for others on an individual level. But you probably don't know that dogs and cats ...


Why Alligators Don't Make Good Pets (and 9 Other Fun Gator Facts)  WTTW News

In case you hadn't heard, there's an alligator floating around the lagoon in Humboldt Park. Authorities are still trying to catch the elusive beast; their search is ...


Pet Helpers: Catfish  WDTV

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WDTV)-- This handsome little boy is Catfish. He came to Pet Helpers after being discovered riding in a boy's truck when he came home ...


NJ pets in need: July 1, 2019  NJ.com

It almost seems intuitive, but it's still important to mention that fireworks on the Fourth of July – as well as the celebrations that go along with the holiday – and ...


It was a board decision: First Coast No More Homeless Pets founder departs  The Florida Times-Union

Rick DuCharme no longer runs Jacksonville-based First Coast No More Homeless Pets, which he founded in 2001 and built into a nationally recognized animal ...


Couple donates pet oxygen masks to West Palm Beach firefighters  WPEC

Here's a story that'll put a smile on your face, especially pet lovers. It's about a new tool for firefighters to help fire victims of the four-legged variety. “You realize ...


Search on for missing 9-foot pet anaconda on Long Island  WABC-TV

HAMPTON BAYS, Long Island (WABC) -- Officials are searching for a missing 9-foot anaconda that escape from its owner's property on Tuesday morning.


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Price of Unconditional Love
Why is it that cats get no respect? Are they really the Rodney Dangerfield of the animal world? Dogs get the esteemed title of "Man's Best Friend," while the domestic felines seem to be bastardized as temperamental annoyances. Sure, they can be finicky creatures, as I've heard numerous complaints over the years from guy friends that they have had to pass the "cat test" before getting any play from the female owners they are pursuing.


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I really do not hope your are eating something, but did you know that you can get a fake dog pile in long or round bits for a joke. My younger son had initiated this research of mine, by asking why I pick up the dog's business, even though he had done it on the grass.


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Dog Clothes make Great Gifts
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One Of The Benefits Of Using RecoveryPets.Com
One of the benefits of registering your pet with a pet recovery service is that in the event your pet should ever become lost, the finder can get information to contact the owner. The main drawback to many of these services is that they use the information currently located on the pet tag to register the pet, and by doing this, the finder of the pet does not have a place to go to view the owners contact information.


Dog Obedience Training Basics
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Ticks On Your Dog: What to Do?
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Westie Rescue Centres
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Dog Flea Control Management: How To Prevent, Treat, And Kill Dog Fleas
Dog flea control and management requires an integrated approach. For effective treatment both the host animal and the environment must be treated at the same time.


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Trying to decide if you should get pet insurance on your pet? There are of course pro's and con's to it. Years ago I decided to try it out.


Dog Rescue: Is it Right for You?
Ever had a hankering for a certain breed of dog? Not an obsession, mind you - not the sort of longing that would send you rushing to a breeder, thousand-dollar-bill in your sweaty palm - but just a gentle appreciation for the virtues of the Poodle, Pug or Pyrenean Mastiff? Let's say you have -- but you thought buying a purebred pup was a less-than-ideal use of your family's resources. If that's the case, it might be time to look up your local Dog Rescue organization! Dog Rescues are organized by breed, so prospective parents can sign up to be notified when new poodles or pugs come in.


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