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Unidentified Cichlids

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  2. I've been keeping South American cichlids for over 15 years, and have been very used to keeping my water as soft as possible with very low pH. Recently, I have been thinking of keeping Tanganyikan cichlids instead, and would like to set up my 600 gallon (7' x 3' x 4') tank for this. The tank...
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