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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This is not a comprehensive
every product I use. Rather these are specific products that I feel
good about recommending. There are many other excellent products that
might work better for you so, please don't think that I am implying
that these are the only appropriate products for keeping dwarf
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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
Shrimp Pellets Fish Food 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.
Algae Wafers are
staple food in my fishroom. I feed them to all of my dwarfs and they
really eat them up. I break the wafers into smaller pieces and the fish
pick on them until they are gone. These wafers were originally
developed for algae eating catfish and they are lower in protein than
some foods. I don;t feed them as a primary food but I offer them to my
fish a couple of times a week.
Tropical Crisps is
one of my favorite supplemental foods. My
fish love these small slowly sinking crumbles. They are made with color
enhancing carotenes and other color enhancing ingredients 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 supplement to enhance colors and not as a
staple diet. I have used this food for years.
Tropical Granules Fish Food This is a
great staple food that can be fed on an every day basis. It is a slow
sinking granule that is perfect for dwarf cichlids. The food has a good
balance of nutritional ingredients and my fish take it
readily. I use this food as my staple dry food. Since I
usually don't feed flake food this sinking granule is perfect.
AquaClear 20 Power Filter Aquaclear has been the only brand
of power filter 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 usually only
power filters in tanks larger than about 20 gallons as I find them to
be too much in smaller tanks where I use sponge filters.
Sponge Filters 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.
There are many different sizes and styles of sponge filters and I
recommend you buy whichever brand or style that seems to fit your needs.
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 Plus 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.
Marine Black Water Stimulater is 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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