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  1. Hi all, I'm getting back into fish keeping after a couple of years off due to moving to the south island. I have a lot of experience keeping freshwater aquariums (south american and community tanks mostly). So I want to try something new. I'm thinking Lake Malawi cichlids. I have a Blue Planet Vista Aquarium (167L) with a EHEIM classic 250 external canister (in addition to the built in filter). I know this is on the small side for Africans, but I was thinking of keeping it pretty simple. I have read a lot about how to stock an African tank but most assume a massive tank. I am thinking along these lines: 2x Male Electric Yellows, 6x Females 1x Male Red Zebra 3x females 1x Male Blue Orchid 1x Male Butterfly (Freiberg) Would this work? I know mixing rock dwellers with haps/butterfly can be problematic, but I am thinking that this combination should work. Any recommendations? Am I on the right track or way off? Thanks
  2. Hi everyone, I have a 600l African cichlid tank which runs pretty smoothly most of the time. I have sand substrate, plenty of rocks, two cannister filters and do a water change every week. Earlier this week I woke up to find a normally healthy frontosa dead and a dying aurora who didn't survive. we did a water change and everything tested up fine. Ammonia, nitrate and nitrite 0, pH 8.2. Water temp 24c. our lemon cichlid also looked worse for wear along with quite a few other fish who recovered nicely with the water change. The lemon cichlid hasn't however, he's a bit sluggish, panting with funny white ?spikes around one gill cover. Photo below. Any ideas? Very difficult to pull fish out of this tank due to rocks. Another blue peakock isn't well with clamped fins, hanging out at the top and generally unhappy with a raw area by his fin Sorry it won't let me upload another photo, as it's too big I think?
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