Hello, dear colleagues. I am glad to welcome you again on my blog and today we will talk about the design of an aquarium for cichlids. Every year, these aquarium fish began to be in demand and popularity.
Honestly, I don’t like cichlids very much. For them, you need such an aquarium, the appearance of which does not cause any emotions in me – solid stones and everything.
I am a lover of aquariums full of vegetation, so cichlids are not mine.
By the way, who has not read my last post about the aquarium fish girinoheylus, read, can anyone have such a small fish at home and you still do not know what kind of fruit it is. Meanwhile, we will return to the conversation about the design of an aquarium for cichlids.
The effect of tsikhlidnik is achieved by placing massive and heavy decorations in the form of snags and stones in the aquarium, as well as the presence of dark colors: dark brown, bronze or dark green. The basis of the design is taken rock rock, with which recreates the landscape with a wide variety of caves, depressions and through passages.
As a rule, the construction of rocks in aquariums is done using the background, or else take pieces of 3-4 rock massifs. Rocky arrays need to be laid so that the fish left room in the aquarium for swimming and for shelter in the caves. You can lift a hill of stones almost to the very top of the aquarium, or build platforms and plant broadleaf plants in them.
In general, you can adopt two ways, why not.
When building arrays, take care to get flat large stones with which you can make terraces for aquarium soil. For a cichlid, it is better to take a dark soil with a large fraction size, and in principle there is no limit on the size of the soil itself.
In addition to stones, you can also take beautiful and interesting snags, just place them in such a way that thin branches enter the ground and create the effect of thickets, and the thick edge of the snag is directed to the top of the aquarium. There is another option to use log cabins at the very bottom of the aquarium, so you will emphasize the created landscape.
Since we are using large and rather heavy elements, you should think about fixing them securely in an aquarium, that is, sticking with silicone. Pay special attention to prefabricated structures of individual pebbles. If you are still seriously thinking about settling your aquarium with rather large inhabitants – cichlids, akaras or astronotuses, then you should know that these fish are difficult for any kind of redevelopment in aquariums, so before you run the fish in a can, think about the whole design of your future aquarium.
If you still decide to make some changes to the composition, it will be very hemorrhoid. Sorry for my french 🙂
As a rule, such aquariums are populated by such species of fish, the habitat of which is rocky biotopes. Fish from Tanganyika and Malawi lakes are gaining wide popularity.
In addition to their color variations, the fish also attract aquarists with their behavioral factors, their ability to care for offspring and territoriality. So that you can observe all these moments, try to create all the necessary conditions for this. To avoid conflict situations among males, choose 1 male for 2-3 species of female.
What are rocky landscapes being made for in such aquariums? The fact is that in such landscapes, fish behave in the same way as their natural environment and almost never experience stress.
In aquariums of this kind can perfectly live small fish of large species. Just keep in mind that the above types of fish are predators, so carefully pick their neighbors and a couple. It is ideally considered to take young cichlids and grow couples out of them.
Among cichlids, shark balls, metinises and packs look great. The presence of such fish, in addition to creating a kind of decoration of the reservoir, also does not allow cichlids, who swim alone in the bank all day long, to relieve the stress of lonely wandering around the reservoir.
I want to immediately talk about the plants. In such aquariums, live plants are almost never used. And if they are used, then only with rigid leaves and a sufficiently strong root system.
And these plants are best planted in pots, this is for sure. For aquariums of this kind are taken artificial plants, since natural is unlikely to survive in it, and if they survive, they will be badly battered.
But still, if you want to use natural plants, then some types of Echinodoruses and cryptocoryne with hard and wide leaves that need to be planted in pots are suitable for this purpose.
Pots with plants sink into the ground almost to the very neck of the shard, and in the appendage they are pressed down by several large stones. All plants, whether living or artificial, have in the tsikhlidniki separate bushes among the snags and stones.
If you made the ground under the slope or created some kind of landscape, then you did it for nothing 🙂 The fish in the aquarium will live large and they will level it in a couple of weeks.
Pay special attention to filtering the water and cleaning the aquarium soil. Since large fish live in an aquarium, they consume a lot of oxygen and emit a lot of nitrogen and organic matter into the water. Every week it is necessary to replace more than 10% of water.
The duration of the aquarium lighting is best to take a standard – 10 or 12 hours, this will be more than enough. Know that a long light day will adversely affect the aquarium, as there are practically no natural plants and organic matter will glow, and this in turn will cause the rapid development of lower algae. And we will talk about the consequences of reproduction of lower algae.
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