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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    Texans always like to boast about how everything is always bigger in their state. The same can also be said for their cichlid tanks. Last year about this time there was a blog about a 5500 gallon cichlid pond. Once again it has been setup for the summer and it can be seen in the video below...
  2. General Aquaria Discussion
    A 24/7 live stream of the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. One of the largest aquariums in the world is the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium located in Okinawa, Japan. The aquarium houses over 2.5 million gallons of water in 77 tanks. Visitors are treated to spectacular marine displays and unarguably the...
  3. General Aquaria Discussion
    A short video by Ugur rusen dogan of an aquarium designed to recreate the rocky Tropheus duboisi habitat in the waters around Kigoma in Lake Tanganyika. In the wild Tropheus duboisi will spend their days grazing on the algae covered rocks. The rocks also provide territory boundaries and...
  4. General Aquaria Discussion
    The Federation of Texas Aquarium Societies will be holding its annual convention in Schertz, TX on October 21-23. FOTAS is an organization which includes aquarium clubs from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Each year one of the member clubs hosts the organization's convention. This year's...
  5. General Aquaria Discussion
    This year's Aquatic Experience (AE) will feature an American Cichlid Association fish competition. Each year the AE brings together aquarium product manufacturers and consumers under one roof. Everything that has to do with freshwater and saltwater aquariums is welcome to participate. It is a...
  6. Lake Tanganyika Species
    An unusual aquarium design by Zoo Med may open up new possibilities for breeders or those looking to maximize their tank's footprint. At only 10 inches tall, Zoo Med's Low Boy Aquarium is billed as a breeder tank (50 gallons - 48" x 24" x 10"). Its low height will make it easy to stack multiple...
  7. General Aquaria Discussion
    An interesting take of a shell dweller tank by Fatih Bolat. I've used rock formation in shell dweller tanks, but only for aesthetics or to divide groups of shellies. The aquarium in the video above presents a different use of hardscaping that is beautiful and helps push the shellies to the...
  8. Aquarium Setup
    The cookie cutter setups are getting reworked over the next couple weeks. These setups are designed to help beginners get an idea of suitable fish combinations based on tank sizes. These guides aren't the only options, especially for larger tanks, but are a good starting point. Keep in mind that...
  9. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    A series of videos show the best entries in last year's JBL Biotope Aquarium Design Contest. First place went to an Australian biotope, but 3 out of the top 5 were cichlid biotopes. Biotope aquariums are designed to recreate the natural environment of the fish that live in the aquarium. Not only...
  10. General Aquaria Discussion
    2000 Gallon Tanganyikan Project. Photo by h0nkzz An excellent topic for anyone who likes big tanks or is thinking of building their own large tank. The 2000 Gallon Tanganyikan Project topic documents the construction each step of the way, from bare concrete walls to finished product. The topic...
  11. General Aquaria Discussion
    Tanganyika - Shell dweller tank. Tank of Merit May 2014. Photo and tank by rck1984 Some forum topics capture the interest of members more than others. One topic in the Aquarium Setup section was started just over six years ago and is still going strong today. With 2700+ replies and over 750,000...
  12. 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...
  13. General Aquaria Discussion
    Although not generally associated with cichlids, planted aquariums can be a real treat to cultivate and enjoy. While many cichlids can destroy all your hard work in a matter of hours, some groups like Apistogramma and Mikrogeophagus do very well in a planted aquarium. If you are looking for some...
  14. General Aquaria Discussion
    Fluval Aquatics has come out with an all-in-one aquarium package that includes a tank, filter, heater and lighting. While an all-in-one aquarium is nothing new, the Fluval Accent aquarium offers a little extra. The Accent aquarium is not only uncluttered with wires and pipes, but includes a...
  15. General Aquaria Discussion
    A short video from the My piece of Lake Tanganyika topic. A great topic started by Cichlid-Forum member sumertiw on the creation of his little slice of Lake Tanganyika. The video above and great close-up photos of Altolamprologus sp. compressiceps "Sumbu shell" and 'Lamprologus'...
  16. Equipment & Supplies
    DIY Acrylic Aquarium by Brad Newton For a while I've been considering purchasing a large acrylic aquarium. I really like how clear acrylic looks compared to glass. On a whim, I stopped by a local shop to have a look at what they carried. I knew they were expensive, but I was still taken aback...
  17. General Aquaria Discussion
    Here's a quality video of some beautiful discus (Symphysodon aequifasciatus). At about 1:40 you'll see feeding followed with brood care just past the 3:00 mark. For more information of keeping Discus, visit the Library's Breeding Discus From a Beginner's Perspective and My Experience Raising And...
  18. Equipment & Supplies
    There are plenty of LED lights being announced lately, but this one stands out from the crowd. Its impressive feature -expansion slots that allow additional lamps to snap into place. It also features a three-position power switch, which includes moon-glow accents. A 'Day White' LED lamp is...
  19. 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...
  20. 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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