OASE aquarium products

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If you’re a pond person, then you’ve probably heard of OASE. They’re noted for their pond and water feature pumps, which drive many of the hotel water gardens and fountains around the world. In fact, founded in 1949, the German company claims to be the world market leader in water gardening products. For the past several years, the company has been busy expanding via the acquisition of several competitors, including the Italian pump company Eden as well as Atlantic Water Gardens.

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Filter redundancy

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Have you ever gone out of town for a couple of days, returned, and discovered that the filter you have on your tank(s) failed at some point (e.g., just stopped working)? Many aquarists rely on a single filter to both clean the water and provide surface agitation. If you’re in that group and the filter fails, your fish will suffocate long before they’ll die of poisoned water. So how do you address that? Filter redundancy.

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Hey, find your own spot!

75g Tanganyikan community tank. Photo by author.

Territory disputes? With both species only and community tanks, this can be a potential problem. It can be mitigated by overcrowding, i.e., having so many fish that no single fish can claim a territory. Even if your tank isn’t overcrowded, you can still sometimes ease such disputes if you move things around in the tank frequently (e.g., rocks, caves, decorations).

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Interesting research or just bad science?

Male Maylandia greshakei. Image from https://de.wikipedia.org/.

Do you feed your cichlids commercial foods that contain probiotics? Many of the larger market food brands (e.g., New Life Spectrum, Cobalt) and even some smaller ones (e.g., AquaLife) offer probiotic infused foods espousing the benefits to fish digestion.

I came across a recent study (October 2017) in the World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research that looked at the effects of probiotics on reproduction.

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Ohio Cichlid Association (OCA) 25th Extravaganza

In less than three months, the Ohio Cichlid Association (OCA) will be hosting their annual Extravaganza. Billed as the “…largest celebration of cichlids and catfish on the planet,” the event takes place November 22-24 at the Holiday Inn in Strongsville, Ohio.

To register, go to the 25th Extravaganza registration page. I plan to attend and I hope to see you there. If you attend, introduce yourself to me, let me know you read the blog, and what you think about it. Good or bad, I’m always interested in feedback and I love to meet other cichlidophiles.

More information about the event, including the speaker list, can be found on the 25th Extravaganza website.

New flake and stick food

Image from Aquarium Life Support Systems.

There are lots of well known and not-so well known commercial brands of fish foods available for your cichlids. In addition, some hobbyists make their own food. While some of the bigger brand names like Northfin, Cobalt, Hikari, Omega One, and New Life Spectrum dominate the American market, there are several lesser known companies who sell good food products.

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Finding blog content

If you’re new here or only drop by on occasion, you might not be aware of the various content on the site and how to get to it. If you’re on a desktop or tablet, there is a right side bar that contains the following in order (from top to bottom):

  • a list of interviews I’ve done,
  • a list of recent posts,
  • a dropdown menu to search by post category (there are six categories),
  • a dropdown archive menu to search by month,
  • a list of websites
  • and a list of cichlid Facebook groups.

This same content can also be found on mobile devices but you have to scroll toward the very bottom to get to it. Since roughly half of the site viewers use mobile devices, this isn’t ideal. However, I’m happy with the WP theme that I use and am reluctant to change it. Also, I haven’t received any complaints about this, so…

On the positive side, I have made searching quite easy by providing search tools at the top of the page that appears on all devices. The search tool is quite powerful, so I encourage you to use it to look for older content.