Uncle Ned's Fish Factory
|1590 Main St (Rte. 109), Millis MA 02054, USA, (508) 533 5969|
PH 7.5 – 8.5 best to maintain with dolomite, crushed coral, coral base rock &/or oyster shell on either the tank floor or in the filter system.
If you prefer you can used prepared buffers such as Kent Cichlid Buffer or Aquarium Systems Sea Buffer….
ATTENTION: Many buffers are extremely strong so use a lighter dose than the directions tell you AND keep away from children
You can use a maximum of 2 teaspoons per gallon of aquarium salt, Instant Ocean, or other forms of regular Sodium Chloride. It is some times preferable to use prepared salts such as Petcetera Aqua stock Rift Lake Salt or Kent Malawi/Tanganyika Salt…..use these products according to manufacture’s directions.
When topping off the tank for evaporation DON’T add extra salt.
The more frequently you change the water, the better your aquarium will work! For most species 50% water changes twice a month is a good schedule
Behavior is almost completely unpredictable with almost all species.
I suggest that anyone keeping any kind of cichlid should have at least one small tank also … eventually either a bully, a victim, or a mother will need to be seperated from the community.