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This is a tropical fish site for all tropical fish enthusiasts from beginner to expert. It has some nice tropical fish pictures and will hopefully have something of interest for all freshwater and marine fish keepers. These tropical fish pages provide some information about some of my favourite fish, along with tropical fish pictures of them. I have kept fish for many years now, ranging from community to marine. Over this period I have been drawn towards catfish, and the cichlids, which I must confess, through there antics have become my favourites. I now keep African and American cichlids, along with some catfish and plecs.

 
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Tanganyikan cichlid tropical fish tank setup

Tanganyikan cichlids can be very aggressive towards each other, particularly the males. They require a lot of rocks in the tank to provide, hiding places, spawning areas, and also lots of territories where dominant males can set up home and ward of intruders. Lots of rocks along the back with plenty of open space swimming at the front is good. Ocean or sea rock is good because it acts as a natural buffer for the ph, along with a coral sand or coral gravel substrate again helping to buffer the ph. Many Tanganyikan cichlids are shell dwellers so shells should be placed in the tank if these varieties are being kept.

The water conditions must be good for the fish to thrive. The fish are intelligent like most cichlids. Fish to be constantly active, whether they are trying to attract a female, scouring the crevices and caves, or building homes. The shell dwellers are fascinating, constantly excavating homes, making paths to the entrance, guarding, etc.

The terrain is important for a Tanganyikan community. Plenty of rocks and hiding places, where the fish can lurk in crevices and lure other fish to explore with them. Plants can be put in with Tanganyikan cichlids as they will not turn them into salad bars like Malawi's do. Hardy plants like Anubias barteri which is a low light species and can take the higher pH and salt content without shrivelling up are good. The leaves are nice and thick, so it is harder for fish to take a bite, eat, or attack the plants.

A high pH up to 8.6 is best with a mix of Tanganyika buffer and Tanganyika salts to help duplicate their natural environment along with a water temperature around 26C is good. To keep the water conditions good and the tank clean, a partial 25% water change per week with a gravel siphon, and a day of fast once a week. Add water additives carefully by diluting them first as a concentrated squirt of plant additives or too much buffer may have adverse effects.

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