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You are in for a real treat if you are thinking about setting up a cichlid tank! Cichlids are known for their beauty and for the great entertainment they provide. In fact, cichlids each have a unique personality, and in addition to the entertainment they provide, they are among the most interactive fish as well. At the same time, however, cichlids can be temperamental, and can be difficult to take care of. You will risk the failure of your cichlid experiment as long as you do not know what you are doing. If, on the other hand, you know how to take care of your cichlids, you will find that it is a rewarding experience.
When you purchase cichlids, it is absolutely vital that you know where they came from. Cichlids come from a number of different regions, and each one of these regions is slightly different from the other regions. The biggest difference is the type of water that each region has. If you mix cichlids from different regions, you will be unable to keep the water just right for all of them. Instead, you need to buy fish from the same region so that they will require the same type of water.
Another thing to keep in mind when purchasing cichlids is that they are territorial. You will have a disaster if you put too many cichlids in a tank together! It is up to you to make certain each cichlid has enough space to mark their own territory inside of the tank. Furthermore, you need to make sure that the tank has plenty of distinct areas. There should be a lot of hiding places and foliage in the tank, instead of a lot of open area at the bottom of the tank. Cichlids will feel safer and more comfortable with this setup, and it will also help them each to set up their boundaries.
Finally, cichlid maintenance is extremely important for you to understand if you want to have a cichlid tank. For instance, a healthy cichlid tank needs to have its water closely monitored. Cichlids also require a regular feeding schedule, and must be fed three times each day. Without the proper knowledge of tank maintenance, you will find that these beautiful, engaging fish of yours are not living very long at all.
Taking care of cichlids can be fun and rewarding if you know what you are doing. But before you start your own cichlid tank, make sure you know how to do things correctly!