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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    Chindongo (Pseudotropheus) demasoni. Photo by Dave Hansen Water quality, adequate diet and quarantine tanks help reduce the chances of illness, but sometimes your fishes get sick. Hobbyists rarely think about fish diseases until something goes wrong. However, good cichlid health can sometimes...
  2. General Aquaria Discussion
    Pseudotropheus demasoni. Photo by Dave Hansen A popular and easily recognizable Pseudotropheus demasoni is a favorite of Lake Malawi mbuna aficionados. The well defined black and blue bars of both males and females make them an attractive fish. Originally described by Ad Konings in 1994 and...
  3. Lake Malawi Species
    Pseudotropheus demasoni from Lake Malawi. Photo by Dave Hansen A new study may may shed some light on the incredible diversity of cichlids in Lake Malawi. The question of how over 1000 species evolved in a single lake may have been answered by core samples obtained through the Lake Malawi...
  4. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Fish Health Monitor trial is being held at Blue Planet Aquarium A new fish health monitor developed by Dr Lynne Sneddon at the University of Liverpool is being tested at the Blue Planet Aquarium in England. The system has been in place for two months monitoring fish movement to determine the...
  5. General Aquaria Discussion
    Islands of Steel exhibit. Photo: Texas State Aquarium The Texas State Aquarium is almost back to full capacity less than two months after a mislabeled chemical killed nearly 400 fish. The mistake caused the deaths of marine fish in multiple exhibits, including the 125,000 gallon Islands of...
  6. Lake Tanganyika Species
    Altolamprologus compressiceps pair. Photo by Russ Fairburn. Altolamprologus is a Genus of cichlids from Lake Tanganyika comprised of two species; calvus and compressiceps. Their appearance is rather unique among cichlids with their laterally compressed body and upturned snout. Make no mistake...
  7. Aquarium Setup
    This Fishless Cycle article has been in the library for some time, but it hasn't gotten much attention. If you don't know what it means to cycle an aquarium, make sure to read the Nitrogen Cycle article. The Fishless Cycle article, which can be found HERE, goes into detail explaining how to...
  8. Lake Malawi Species
    Kironga, Lake Malawi. Google Earth. Large quantities of dead fish have washed up along the shores of the Kironga district in the north part of Lake Malawi. This follows sightings of dead fish on other shores around the lake. The Malawi government is investigating to determine the cause of the...
  9. General Aquaria Discussion
    At one time or another we've all experienced the frustration of having a sick cichlid. This is especially true for hobbyist who are new to the hobby. Fortunately, Cichlid-Forum has a couple of great resources for those looking to save their fish. The Illness, Health & Nutrition forum is where...
  10. Aquarium Setup
    New Life Spectrum medicated foods New Life Spectrum, a popular food for cichlids, has developed a couple of medicated formulas to treat some of the most common fish ailments. NLS Ick-Shield for the treatment of Ichthyophthirius multifiliis, a single-celled parasite that appears as tiny white...
  11. Aquarium Setup
    Various aquarium safe products on the market. An informative article written by Frank Mueller (fmueller) addresses many of the questions hobbyists have about which silicone products can be safely used in an aquarium. At one time the GE brand was the go-to product for sealing an aquarium. That...
  12. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    For hobbyist who haven't heard of Cyclop-eeze, it is a food composed of a selectively bred, biologically engineered microorganism. It can be purchased frozen, as a coarse powder or a wafer. One of its characteristics is that fish go crazy for it. I've heard of people soaking pellets or flake...
  13. Equipment & Supplies
    The title, digital aquarium technology, does not mean the latest version of Fish Farmville or virtual aquarium. The digital technology I'm referring to is the type that will help you maintain and safeguard your fish. For the more tech-savvy hobbyists there are a couple different products that...
  14. General Aquaria Discussion
    This video can help in determining gender in species where the differences between males and females isn't obvious by a method called venting. Size, color and behavior are all things that can help determine the gender of your fish. Generally, males are more colorful and larger than females...
  15. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Symphysodon aequifasciatus (Discus). Credit: Oregon State University It appears that the over use of antibiotics in the ornamental fish industry (cichlids included) has created drug resistant bacteria. Antibiotics are frequently used on healthy fish during shipping and captivity as a...
  16. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Etroplus maculatus. Photo by Raghu Kuttan We've all heard of animals that have a symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship. For two species of Asian cichlids, this relationship is a little twisted. While observing Etroplus maculatus and Etroplus suratensis in the wild, a unusual behavior was...
  17. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Author Joe Gargas asks, "What's more important than water in an aquarium??" This book is written not only by a water expert, but by a fish keeper who knows what's important and and what's myth. Although Mr. Gargas has the credentials to talk over our heads in Water and the Aquarium, he instead...
  18. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Tropheus Tank with plenty of microbubbles. If you have been long enough in this hobby, at some stage you will have heard warnings that small bubbles, often referred to as 'microbubbles' can be harmful for fish. Since I like my tanks to be heavily oxygenated, they typically contain lots of...
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