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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.
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Perhaps the most popular cichlids are the African rift lake cichlids, which are some of the most colorful of all freshwater fishes. Besides the many colorful cichlids from the African lakes, there are others highly prized for patterning and other unique characteristics. These includeas seen in the popular genus, featherfins, goby cichlids, sarding cichlids, and shelldwellers to name a few. 1 O B Peacock African Cichlid For Freshwater live Aquarium fish
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Whether you have been keeping freshwater fish for years, maintaining a saltwater reef tank and are tired of the costs, or new to the hobby, African cichlids are fish for you. Let's see if I can’t convince you.On the whole, African cichlids are relatively intelligent fish. But perhaps even more important, they are very hardy fish, which makes them easy to maintain. Their care is not so easy, however, that it would bore the advanced, but because they’re hardy they don’t present an impossible challenge for the beginner. The fact that they are freshwater fish simplifies things a whole lot, but what makes their maintenance even easier is that they need hard, alkaline water. It’s actually cheaper and easier to make neutral water alkaline, than vice versa. If you have soft or neutral tap water, there are home remedies that work quite well. Plus, you can use all different kinds of rocks and coral to help buffer your water so that it stays alkaline. Furthermore, African cichlids have a wide range of tolerable pH levels, whereas most freshwater fish will go belly up if it moves more than 0.6, which is part of the reason why they are not as hardy as African cichlids.First and foremost, African cichlids are prized and adored for their beautiful coloration. You cannot find freshwater fish that are more colorful than these fish from East Africa. And, you cannot find a saltwater fish with color equal to African cichlids for even half the price. Look at this picture of a Lake Victoria Hap, for example. Can you find a color of the rainbow that he doesn’t display? Green is probably the only color. And this is just one of over a thousand colorful species.Another important difference between some African cichlids is their differing water requirements. This is much simpler to address and categorize than any other difference. Cichlids from the Rift Lakes should not be mixed with fishes coming from the rivers and deltas surrounding these lakes, such as (a.k.a. Kribensis). These cichlids are known as the riverine cichlids. They inhabit freshwater streams with a very neutral pH of 7.0, whereas the water in Lake Malawi and Lake Victoria have a pH between 7.4 and 8.6. Also, the Lake Tanganyika cichlids typically should not mixed with those from either Lake Malawi, Lake Victoria, or the rivers surrounding these lakes as it has a pH between 7.8 and 9.0. Tanganyikans will survive and can do quite well, but you will need to keep the pH towards their lower end of tolearability.