How to Setup a Cichlid Fish Tank


There is a lot that you need to take care of if you are going to set up an aquarium. Each and every point should be properly paid attention towards in order to get all of it to be done properly. if you are willing to set up a cichlid tank, this article might prove to be of some help to you. The points that are mentioned down below will surely be able to help you and establish a cichlid tank. There are a lot of things listed down below that are helpful for you to take care of the cichlid species. This guide will provide you great help with the whole procedure and makes it so easy for you to take care of the fishes.

Follow the following steps:

  1. You are required to replace all the live plants in the aquarium with the plastic ones if you are deciding to keep the cichlid species. As these species have the habit of digging down and uprooting the plants and might end up destroying the real ones. that is why it is considerably more practical to keep the artificial plants.
  2. You are required to create the natural habitat for the betterment of the species, as this will allow the fishes to provide a natural environment to live in. the basic point and factors that you are required to pay attention towards and try to mimic are the setup, temperature, and the lighting facilities.
  3. Also, you are required to pay attention towards properly maintaining the pH level of the water according to the requirements for the cichlid fishes. Have the rock setups in the tank as these fishes are a little bit sensitive towards it and will love to have these kinds of decorations in the tank.
  4. Cichlid fishes are quite sociable and do not like to live alone, that is why you are required to have more than two fishes in order to keep them engaged and happy. At least three or more fishes in a group can easily survive in there without getting bored.
  5. Pay well attention when you are thinking of fixing up these species of fishes with the other ones. They are quite aggressive in nature and might as well harm the other species inside the tank. You need to properly check these things when buying out the cichlid species and thinking of putting them in the same tank as the other present fish species.
  6. If you are thinking of breeding these fishes you should be very careful and make sure to properly know about this procedure. Also, pay attention towards the fact that the female cichlid fishes are well fed and kept healthy in order to be able to breed. Also, it is important for you to provide them the little food during the breeding periods.
  7. You should know the proper manner to feed them, though it is not that hard to feed these fishes still you are required to know a little bit about it.

Aquarium Driftwood – Your Aquarium Fishes First Love


aquarium-driftwoodA driftwood is a “Wood floating in or washed up by a body of water”. Fish love natural driftwood. As soon as the centerpiece is introduced into the aquarium the fish will go to the wood. Fish that normally stay close to the bottom will begin swimming in the middle and upper levels of the tank.

Natural driftwood pieces for aquarium use comes in various sizes and no two items are the same. These mangrove hardwood are usually found floating near Ocean shoreline south of Philippines. Cured by Ocean water for decades these are the perfect natural habitat for fish in your aquarium. Unlike other artificial driftwood which takes it shape from this natural driftwood we carry, this product has a natural color and perfect for saltwater applications where they are mostly found so ph levels of aquariums are still maintained.

Types of Driftwood

There are several driftwoods in use. Some types of driftwood mainly used:

Asian Driftwood: A favorite for aquariums & terrariums, they are self-sinking and will not discolor water.

Asian Driftwood (Small): These are the smallest Asian Driftwood pieces. Average between 5-9″.

Caribbean Driftwood: Gorgeous new stock.  Lighter than Asian or Florida Driftwood. It has no tannins to it cannot discolor water. Smaller pieces may require mild boiling to sink. Tends to be very smooth. A favorite of Dart Frog and Terrarium enthusiasts.

Planted Driftwood: African driftwood pieces with java fern, java moss or Anubias nana growing atop. Absolutely beautiful! Buy a single, a trio or a six piece set.

Branchy: Gorgeous driftwood from the Florida coast, these are also self-sinking and will not foul your aquarium. They are by far the most attractive pieces of Aquarium Driftwood sold anywhere and also the most RARE. What you see is what you get.

Stump: More Gorgeous driftwood from the Florida coast. Very rare and unique. The piece you see is what you get.

Assortment Kits: Driftwood assortments ranging from 5-17″. These are not necessarily the exact pieces shown. Assortments are purchases sight unseen.

Driftwood has a tendency to leach out a little tannin, causing the water to be tinted a light brown color. Just like in the Amazon River. This will usually clear up in time after a few water changes. It’s no big deal. And some driftwood will cause a slight lowering of the pH. This is certainly no problem in a plant tank or in any tank inhabited by acid loving fish such as Angelfish, Tetras, and Barbs etc.

Without proper preparation of your driftwood and understanding the water requirements of your fish, driftwood can do more harm than good. But when properly prepared, driftwood can be a wonderful addition to your tank and make you look like an expert aquascaper!