HOT TIP ON FILTRATION | Keeping Strong Beneficial Bacteria In Your African Cichlid Aquarium Filters

Use Tank Water when cleaning your filters to avoid killing beneficial bacteria. Spread the Maintenance out so you are not cleaning too much at once. This is what I do and this works for me.

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Current Stock List:


Aulonocara Dragon Blood – Firefish
Aulonocara Baenschi – Albino Sunshine Benga
Aulonocara Jacobfreibergi Otter Point – Malawi Butterfly
Tramitichromis Intermedius – Lethrinops Intermedius
Copadichromis Mloto Undu – Ivory Head Mloto
Sciaenochromis Fryeri Maleri Island – Iceberg
Nimbochromis Venustus – Giraffe Cichlid
Placidochromis Gisseli
Cyrtocara Moorii – Blue Dolphi
Aulonocara Maleri – Sunshine Peacock
Copadichromis Kadango – Red Fin Borleyi
Protomelas Lobochilus – Hertae
Sciaenochromis Fryeri – White Knight
Aulonocara Stuartgranti Chiloelo – Red Shoulder
Aulonocara Maulana – Bi-Color
Protomelas Taeniolatus – Super Red Empress
Placidochromis Phenochilus Tanzania – Star Sapphire
Protomelas Imperial Tigress – Blue Gold
Protomelas Ovatus – Sulfur Head Hap
Protomelas Steveni – Taiwan Reef
Aulonocara Lwanda – Red Top Lawanda
Aulonocara Stuartgranti – Ngara Flametail
Aulonocara Rubescens
Aulonocara Turkis – Turkish – Turquoise Peacock
Fossorochromis Rostratus – Malawi Sand Diver
Mylochromis Ericotaenia – Manda
Malawi Eye Bitter
Mylochromis Anaphrymus
Sunshine Benga



2x – Fluval Fx5
1x – Sunsun HW-304B



Seachem Matrix
Culture Max Freshwater Live Biological Filter Media
Polyfil Filter Floss
Foam Pad
Seachem Purigen
Boyd Enterprises Chemi Pure Elite


Lighting System:

Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED Plus Pro – 48 inch


Aquascape & Rockscape:

Quikrete Commercial Grade Medium Sand – 100 LBS Bags
Aquadecor Background
Classic A Model
Aquadecor Custom Rocks


Surface Agitation:

3x – SunSun JVP-102 1300 GPH Wavemaker

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