Welcome to my "store" - well, not
really. What you will find here are an assortment of items for keeping
dwarf cichlids that I personally use and recommend. I get asked a lot
about what specific products I use so here are a few.
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Note: There are many excellent fish foods that provide proper nutrition
to your fish. These are some of my favorites. I usually feed pelleted
foods to my fish once a day and live food once a day. For more about
feeding dwarf cichlids see our Good
Premium Shrimp Pellets - 4.5 oz. are one of the staple foods in
my fish room. These
hard pellets are very nutritious and my dwarf cichlids pick at them for
a long time before they completely eat them. I have found that Bolivian
Rams really like these pellets but all of my fish eat the eagerly. I
feed them as often as every other day alternating with a general
purpose pellet or one of my supplemental foods.
Spectrum Cichlid Formula - 1 mm is a great general
purpose sinking food.
These smaller sized pellets are formulated for all types of cichlids
be used as a daily food for most dwarf cichlids. The pellets sink
and soften nicely so that the fish can tear off small bits.
Exceptionally high quality ingredients make this an excellent staple
food. If you are only going to feed one food to your dwarf cichlids
this is a great choice.
Tetra Color Bits Granules - 2.65 oz. is one of my favorite
My fish love these small slowly sinking crumbles. They are made with
color enhancing carotenes and other color enhancing ingrediants and I
believe they really bring out the red colors in my fish. I have
noticed improvements in as little as a couple of weeks with some fish.
I give a feeding every other day or so to my fish on a regular basis. I
think this food is best used as a upplement to enhance colors and not
as a staple diet. I have used this food for years.
Cichlid Vegi Pellet - Small It is important to make sure you
get plenty of vegetable based food into your dwarf
cichlids. These Small
Cichlid Vegi Pellet are specially formulated for small and
juvenile herbivorous (algae-eating) cichlids and will also suit other
small-mouthed herbivorous freshwater fish. They are lower in protein
and rich in vitamins to provide balanced and ideal nutrition. Vegi
formula boosts color, immunity and vitality of herbivorous African and
South and Central American Cichlids and will not cloud aquarium
water. I try to feed this at least three times a
AquaClear 20 Power Filter have been the only brand I have
used for the
past 15 years. I like that they use a washable sponge, they easily take
bagged media, almost any replacement part is available and
they operate dependably. They are available in a variety of sizes and
can be used on most tanks larger than about 15 gallons. I only use
power filters in tanks larger than about 30 gallons as I find them to
be too much in smaller tanks where I use sponge filters.
Dual-Action Foam Filter these are the primary filters that I
use in my
tanks. They are easy to use and clean, and they keep your tank water in
good condition. Sponge filters are air powered and by adjusting the
bubble rate you can control the water flow. Sponge filters are great in
breeding tanks where they keep the water clean and also provide a great
feeding surface for newly hatched fry who will graze on their surface.
NovAqua Plus Water Conditioner
I do not use many water conditioners in my tanks. However, the
exception is the duo of novaqua and amquel. These products are
developed by Kordon and are specifically formulated to work together in
a complimentary fashion.Novaqua is a great additive that promotes the
healthy slime coat that protects the fish. It neutralizes heavy metals
and chlorine. Add it after water changes or any time that your fish
might be stressed.
Amquel Amquel neutralizes ammonia and chlorine.
Ammonia is naturally
excreted by fish and can reach harmful concentrations, but a
few drops of amquel will eliminate any ammonia in your tanks. (Note: in
an established aquarium natural biological processes will eliminate the
ammonia from the water so amquel is not required on an ongoing basis.)
I always add some amquel to fish that are being shipped to be sure
there is no ammonia build up in the bag. I add a few drops to my newly
hatched brine shrimp and achieve much better success.
BlackWater Conditioner for Freshwater Aquariums
is about the only other water conditioner that I ever use. I
find it to be an excellent tonic for all of my fish and put a little in
their water on occasion. For species that come from blackwater habitats
I add it with every water change. It helps to soften the water and
provides valuable trace minerals. Be aware that this will discolor your
water. At higher concentrations it will give the water a distinct dark
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