Anthropogenic noise and fish development

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As I have pointed out a few times here on the blog, I am not a fan of unnecessary noise inside (e.g., air stones, sponge filters) or outside tanks. Back in 2020, I posted about a study on the effects of anthropogenic noise on cichlids, specifically Astatotilapia burtoni. 

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Choosing filtration for your tank

 

Aquarium filter types. Image by https://thepetsupplyguy.com/ on Pinterest.

Trying to decide what type of filtration for your tank? I have touched on this subject many times here on the blog. How should you decide? That is a tough question, and the easiest answer is “it depends.” 

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Bare bottom tanks and tank stand buffers

20g long segregation tank with 1/4″ fitted styrofoam between tank and stand. Photo by the author.

Many cichlid enthusiasts, in fact most fish keepers, utilize some type of substrate in their aquariums. It might be sand, gravel, some type of stratum for plant growth, or a combination. Nothing wrong with having a substrate. However, if you’re not keeping shell dwellers, eartheaters, tunnelers, or plants, you might consider keeping a bare bottom tank. Why?

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Online cichlid vendors – revisited

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Looking for cichlids but your LFS doesn’t have what you want and can’t/won’t get it for you? If this is you, don’t be afraid to order from an online vendor. As with any business, quality, service, and price will vary, so you might reach out to fellow cichlid keepers, who have ordered online, for recommendations before ordering. I am not advocating online ordering over buying from your LFS. In fact, I encourage you to support your LFS when you can. 

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