Cichlids

Currently I am breeding everything on my for sale list.  Texas Holey Rock provides the perfect environment for the small fish fry to hide in the rock crevices.  The many holes in the rock structure provides many places for young fry to hide, for females to avoid aggressive males, and to prevent territorial disputes.  The Bristlenose Plecostomus uses the cave like structures to court a female and protect its young for 21 days until they are free-swimming. 

 

Texas Holey Rock provides necessary minerals in the water by slowly dissolving over time and depositing Calcium, Magnesium, and Carbonate into the water and buffering the water pH.  African cichlids from Lake Tanganyika, Lake Malawi, and Lake Victoria live in natural water conditions that are slightly alkaline with a pH range of 7.5-8.6.  By incorporating Texas Holey Rock into your aquarium environment you will provide a buffer that will help keep your water in this range despite the hardness or softness of the water in your area. 

 

Lake Tanganyika is located in central Africa and is the second largest freshwater lake by volume and depth in the world.  Lake Tanganyika forms the border of  Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, and Zambia.  There are 275 known different types of cichlids found in the lake,  many of which are only found is small sections of the lake. 

 

Lake Malawi forms the border of  eastern Malawi, western Mozambique, and southern Tanganyika.  Like the other Great African Rift Lakes, Lake Malawi enjoys year around warmth with a temperature range of 75-84° F with a pH range of 7.7 to 8.6.  Many of the African cichlids found in fish stores come from Lake Malawi. 

 

Lake Victoria is the second largest lake in the world in terms of surface area and is only about 84m deep at its deepest parts.  The lake has dried up three times with the last time occurring 17,300 years ago.  Due to the large human population around the lake in the 1960’s, massive numbers of Nile Perch were introduced into the lake in order to improve the local fishery.  The Nile Perch’s population expanded in the 1980’s as it rapidly reproduced and devastated the natural fish species present in the lake.  Many Cichlids affected by the Nile Perch are now making a comeback due to the over-fishing of Nile Perch.

 

Where do your fish come from?

http://www.jjphoto.dk/fish_archive/ab_index_cichlider.htm

 

 

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