Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Butterikoferi African Cichlid

There are over 1,200 species of Cichlids, most of which originate in Central and South America and Africa. Cichlids are one of the most popular freshwater aquarium fish. They are known for their interesting behaviors, extroverted personalities and pleasing appearance.

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Jack Dempsey cichlids can adapt to a wide range of water temperatures, from 70 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit. You can raise the temperature to the warmer end of this range to make the fish more active and help induce breeding. Unfortunately, the more active fish is the more aggressive he will be. Temperatures between 72 and 78 degrees are ideal for Jack Dempseys; at these temperatures the fish are less active and their aggression is more manageable. Guard against dramatic temperature fluctuations. Use an aquarium heater to maintain a stable temperature.

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5 x hap sp 44 ( victorian cichlid) Live Tropical Fish at Aquarist Classifieds Potassium Permanganate has been suggested as an alternative to copper for treating ich, especially in soft water fish. It is primarily used in ponds, and is not in my opinion the best choice for aquarium use. It most certainly is not for the beginner. It can be purchased under its chemical name, or found as the active ingredient in products such as Flukes Control® by Aquatronics. As with so many chemicals, there’s a fine line between calling it a wonder drug and a lethal substance. It is not really a medication but an oxidizing agent that reacts with organic material, resulting in the destruction of external bacteria, fungus and parasites. For that reason, it is considerably less effective with excessive nitrates present, because its oxidizing power is “used up” on the dissolved organics in the water and is consequently not effective against the target pathogen. It is often used by retailers as a dip for incoming plants, to eliminate snails and their eggs. It is toxic in high doses, especially in high pH water; there are better choices for treating African rift lake cichlids. It is not safe for eggs and fry, and excessive treatments can cause gill damage in adults. It will damage your biological filter, kill algae, and reduce oxygen concentration in the water; strong aeration and water movement is critical. It can be tough on live plants and catfish, and should not be combined with any other chemicals – especially Formalin. It can burn your skin and eyes, and will stain your hands and clothing brown; gloves are recommended. It cannot be removed with carbon like other meds; it is neutralized with hydrogen peroxide but I don’t know exactly how that is accomplished safely in the aquarium. Again… this is for the advanced fishkeeper.

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