-Lakes Victoria
500+ different species of haplochromine Cichlids. The pH is alkaline, ranging from 7.2 to 8.6, Carbonate hardness is between 2 and 8 dH. The temperature can be as low as 70 degrees and reaches 81 degrees during tis varied seasons.

-Lake Malawi
Lake Malawi has 500 species of Cichlids that are not found anywhere else in the world. Popular Cichlids are the Mbuna and the Haps. Lake Malawi's pH ranges from 7.8 to 8.6, total hardness of 4.0-6.0 dH. Carbonate hardness ranges from 6.0 to 8.0. Surface temperature ranges from 76 to 85 degrees, at lower levels of the lake a constant 70 degrees.

-Lake Tanganyika
The Lake is over 10 million year old rift valley lake in East-Africa. The lake is home to over 200 unique Cichlid species. It only has one outlet creating a high mineral content. PH levels range from 8.6 to 9.5, Hardness of 11-17 dH, Carbonate hardness between 16 and 19 dH. In the upper 130 feet, the water is oxygen-rich. Tanganiyika Cichlid's water should be as close to saturation as possible. Surface temperature ranges from 76 to 82 degrees, at lower levels of the lake constant 70 degrees.

-Large Cichlasomas
-Geophagine CichlidS
-Geophagine Cichlids
-Pike Cichlids
-Dwarf Cichlids
-Angels & Discus



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The family Cichlidae Bonaparte (1840), is one of the major groups of teleost fishes, comprising more than 1,600 species. Nearly all of them live their entire life in freshwater. Only a few species frequent brackish water.

African Cichlids constitute a large array of almost 600 species, each with unique behavior and differing dietary and habitat requirements. Lake Tanganyika is a spectacular lake in Africa's rift valley where there are 12 different cichlid tribes living in the lake. Ingredients for this type of environment would include stripped rock, snail shells, pebbles, heavy boulder, plate-like layered rocks. Let us help you select the right product to maintain your ph, alkalinity & hardness.

Suitable Fish can include Chalinochromis brichardi, Cyphotilapia frontosa, Julidochromis dickfeldi, Marlieri, Ornatis, and Regani, just to name a few.

South America has at least 420 species of cichlids. Central America Rocky Lake habitat is a volcanic crater lake (Lake Nicaragua, Managua & Atitlan). These lakes are very deep, steep, rocky sides and hard alkaline water.

These rivers have fish who like to be constantly moving and shoaling cichlids such as Firemouth, Black Belt, Red Devil, Gold, Firehead, Tricolor, Rose-Breasted,Rainbow, Blue-Eyed, Jaguar, and Plecostomus, and Rhamada Catfish.

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