Freshwater Aquarium Fish Species Profile: African Cichlid

Freshwater Aquarium Fish Species Profile: African Cichlid - Live Aquaria
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As with most fish the Severum Cichlids are prone to skin flukes and other parasitic infestations (protozoa, worms, etc.), fungal infections, and bacterial infections. It is recommended to read up on the common tank diseases. Knowing the signs and catching and treating them early makes a huge difference. For information about freshwater fish diseases and illnesses, see .
Cichlids are popular freshwater fish kept in the home aquarium.
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The number of cichlid species identified in the wild is well over 1,000 and biologists think that many more are waiting to be discovered. Cichlids are found in many locations throughout the world and include such favorites as the freshwater angelfish, the tiger oscar fish and the jack dempsey cichlid. Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Mbuna Mixed Cichlid
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I just added one Electric Yellow African Cichlid to my tank and love it. Its colors are the best I have seen in freshwater. I ordered a second one, and they both swim together. I highly recommend this fish to anyone that is interested in Cichlids.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.Cichlids are secondary freshwater fish. That means that they derived from seawater fish that again populated the freshwater. This has one great advantage over other species whose ancestors never went back to the sea: secondary freshwater fish have a much higher tolerance for salt than primary freshwater fish, therefore giving them an advantage in colonising waters that are high in dissolved minerals.Blue Electric Ram Cichlid, Featured item. #blue #electric #ram #cichlid #cichlids #fish #petfish #fishofinstagram #aquarium #aquariums #freshwater #freshwaterfish #featureditemBesides being secondary freshwater fish and so having an advantage over primary freshwater fish, which would have had a hard time to deal with the large amounts of dissolved salts in the water, cichlids also sport another advantage, an anatomical feature, the pharyngeal apparatus. The pharyngeal apparatus serves very much like our teeth, whereas the teeth of the lips serve more like our hands. The upper pharyngeal jaw may be moved up and down and dislocated and the lower pharyngeal jaw can be moved forwards and backwards. Cichlids are therefore able to chew their food and exploit vegetable matter for food. The cell walls of plants cannot be digested in the guts of vertebrates, but the chewing action crushes the cell wall and allows digestion of the cell contents. The pharyngeal apparatus has also proven to be very adaptable. Different feeding habits usually go hand in hand with a different morphology of the pharyngeal apparatus. 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.