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Pets Cichlids of all species have be.e more and more popular over recent years. The reason for this is that they are really suited to aquarium life. Generally they feed without any problems, and it is not too difficult to get them to breed. So it is easy to see why they are the aquarium fish of choice for many people. However, this does not mean that you can .pletely ignore them and they will be ok. That sort of approach will lead to a tank full of dead fish. An important aspect of cichlid care is the correct diet for your fish. There needs to be sufficient variety on their diet to ensure that they remain healthy. This variety .es from live food, frozen food, flakes and pellets. Food should be given in moderation. Cichlids are like other aquarium fish, they will continue to eat when full, so it is important not to over feed them. There are many different species of cichlids. Some species are carnivorous and feed on live food almost exclusively. There are herbivores that feed on plants and weeds, and there are omnivores that feed on both. It is important to know what species you have in your tank. You will not have happy, or indeed healthy, carnivorous fish if you only feed them plant based flakes. Water temperature is another key factor in ensuring a healthy aquarium. The correct temperature should be between 74 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit. It is important to keep the water temperature constant. Cichlids do not like fluctuations in water temperature. Fortunately, this should not be a problem as most tank heaters can be set to specific temperatures. It is also important to think about where you position your tank. Do not place it where there could be big changes to the surrounding temperature, such as next to a radiator or window. Sun shining brightly through a window and into the tank can raise the water temperature significantly. Cichlids prefer alkaline water. This is in the region of 7.5 to 8.5 on the pH level. Alkaline testing kits are freely available at pet suppliers as are water treatment chemicals. Treat tank water at least two days before introducing your fish to make sure that pH levels have settled down. You should also recheck pH levels after every partial water change. Your tank should have a filter that is of the correct size and power for the size of your tank. A filter that is not powerful enough will not be able to keep water in your aquarium clean. Apart from affecting the visual appearance of your tank, it will lead to problems with the health of your cichlids and makes them more susceptible to disease. An appropriate filter and regular water changes will help to maintain the health of your fish. You need to try and replicate some of the cichlids natural conditions in the wild. These means, for example, putting plants and rocks in your tank. You also need to have a reasonable thickness of gravel in the bottom of the tank. The gravel helps to regulate the water alkaline levels. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: