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  1. Anoxic filtration. A very interesting concept that has been quietly lurking around Cichlid-forum since approximately 2019 (from what I have found & seen in old posts, at least). Recently @Rockfella introduced this filtration process to us in this thread, in the Aquarium Setup section of the...
  2. Hello everyone, I have just bought 180 liter (47.5 Gallon) aquarium and want to set up for african cichlids. Im new on this so im looking for some advices and ideas. I have researched my local market with availability of cichlids and here are list which one I kinda liked and would like to have...
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