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How to Feed Cichlids Properly
Cichlids look so beautiful and
fascinating, which deserves us to learn
how to feed cichlids in aquarium. Here,
Fanway provides some cichlids feeding
tips to make fish and aquatic plant won
healthy and vivacious life.

Keywords: cichlid feeding, cichlid feeding guide, cichlid feeding schedule, tropical fish
feeding, how to feed cichlid

Cichlids are tropical fish living in the tropical
rivers and lakes in Africa and central and
south America. In virtue of the beautiful
appearance and bright colors, cichlids own
great ornamental value, which have been
introduced around the world. No matter as a
professional breeder or as an amateur
tropical fish lover, it’s necessary to know
how to feed cichlid properly.

Email: info@fishfeedmachinery.com

Feeding cichlid in aquarium,
you need to notice several
important tips, including
water temperature, water
quality requirement, feeding
food, lighting control and
disease prevention, etc.

In order to make the aquarium breeding work
successful from the start, FANWAY plans
“golden rules” to eliminate the uncertain
factors or accidental success from luck, which
is a kind of natural rules ensuring to cultivate
cichlids successfully. The rules, in other words,
are to make fish and aquatic plant won
healthy and vivacious life, and make the
aquarium play its role.
Email: info@fishfeedmachinery.com

Sand and Water Temperature in the Aquarium
Laying heating line at the bottom of aquarium can compel the heated water to ascend, thus
making sand become a part of chemical and physical systems in the whole aquarium. With this
heating system, temperature will evenly disperse to the aquarium, meanwhile the nutritive
salt generated from sand can also flow along with water to leaf segment of water plants.
And vice versa, when water flows into bottom sand, oxygen gas will enter bottom sand along
with water flow, so sand can keep longer action time and avoid the substrate to darken.
Besides, adopting 24V low voltage, this heating system is pretty safe for human and fish and
can be used to imitate the horizontal and vertical natural flow of ground water in tropics.

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Stable Water
As we know, in tropical waters, the water
quality of fast flowing water is always stable
and some water quality factors, like PH value,
carbon dioxide content and hardness, rarely
So in the aquarium, you need to adjust the PH
value to neutral and hold acidity steady,
that’s to say, the carbonate hardness is at
least 3-4 degrees DH. Neutral PH value is
controlled by carbon dioxide addition, but this
control should maintain the carbonate
hardness at 3-4 degrees DH at any rate so as
to guarantee necessary stability.

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Fish Feeding in accordance with Cichlids

Only fish feed with high quality, high in vitamins and easy to digest can feed healthy and
lively cichlids. Please note that the salt content of fish feed pellets must be very low
because cichlids usually come from water area without salt. Otherwise, it’s very easy
for cichlids to feel ill by suffering from intestinal diseases. By the way, the process of
water quality is equally important as fish feed, so it’s necessary to deal with the water
quality effectively when changing the water, reducing the harm from water quality.

Email: info@fishfeedmachinery.com

Fish Feeding in accordance with Cichlids
To be specific, you need to figure out what species your
cichlids belong to because it determines which food to feed
your fish. Generally speaking, most cichlids are more
starving in the morning because they are through whole
night without eating food, and you’d better feed them
according to their stomach rumblings. The first-rank feeding
time is twice per day, feeding what your cichlids can eat
before sinking to the bottom of aquarium, and your fish will
grow faster than once per day feeding. For grown cichlids,
the occasionally fasting is advisable, like one day per week,
which assists in regulating the metabolism. Please watch
out for overfeeding your cichilds because too much fish
feed would raise the nitrate levels and cause water quality
issues when food sinking to the bottom of aquarium.
FANWAY strongly recommends you to control the amount
of food cichlids eat within thirty seconds because cichlid
fish are greedy and able to consume a good deal of fish
feed at short notice.

Tips: if you produce fish feed by yourself, please take notice of fish feed formulation and fish feed extruder
you are using!
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Suitable Lighting Intensity
According to the size and shape of aquarium, lighting control can use
fluorescent tube, finsen lamp or metal halid lamp. Just using any of these light
sources, it’s able to maintain natural colors of fish and good growth of
aquatic plants, while its primary goal is to ensure the aquarium has
appropriate amount of oxygen supply in daytime.

It’s not enough for fish feeding aquarium with only 100%
saturated dissolved oxygen because not only cichlids need
oxygen, even the bacterium also need oxygen to make
decomposition of wastes (the wastes come from fish bait,
water plants and the like). Moreover, water plants also
require a certain content of oxygen especially at dusk.
Therefore, for fear that oxygen is not enough in night, you
need to complement the oxygen in daytime by using the
suitable lighting.
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Disease Prevention

As the aquatic creature, it’s troublesome
and difficult for cichlids to get treatment
after illness, neither easy to inject medicine
nor oral drugs, so it’s generally regarded
that stress should be put on the prevention
of cichlids disease. At the same time,
Fanway suggests several tips during the
p rocess of p revention a n d tre at m e nt
combination, achieving the disease
prevention and earlier treatment for illness.

First, strengthen the health status and
disease resistance ability of cichlids
themselves in normal management. In
addition, pay attention to reduce and
co m p l ete l y e ra d i cate t h e h a r m to
cichlids caused by pathogenic
microorganism and parasite.

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