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Peacock Cichlid : Living jewelry of Lake Malawi



Peacock Cichlid: Living jewelry of Lake Malawi

          This article talks about how to culture Peacock Cichlid, which is in the Cichlids Family. There is spreading of Peacock Cichlid species throughout Lake Malawi in Africa and nearby area. Since Peacock Cichlids is a beautiful and easy to grow, it is still popular so far.

    Let’s imagine large endlessly Lake Malawi in Africa where water and the sky converge. And it is the place where we can look with unlimited boundary. There are lots of islands, rocks, aquatic plants and moss. The water is clear like glass. Here is their habitat. The beautiful Peacock Cichlids swims in this atmosphere. They have different colors based on their habitat. It can be classified into 28 species and many sub-species including new species that wait for discovery. At here, Lake Malawi is motherland of all Peacock Cichlid because it has about 500 types of Cichlid.

    Go back to the tank in your home. Look at your aquarium and your new Peacock Cichlids which are swimming in plastic bag.( It is not the same emotion.) Let's talking how to decorate your aquarium. The Peacock Cichlids like to stay in corner stone. They eat small plankton or moss. Thus owner should prepare stones that make your aquarium like natural habitat of these kinds of fish. If you want wide swimming area for the fish, you can have sand at the bottom of the aquarium. But a filter is important, because the level of sand will make the aquarium dirty. It is harder to clean. So the good filter's system is necessary. It is better to use an effective filter system in the aquarium or filter tank, such as high performance filter. It allows you to easily culture your fish. Besides, fish in this family prefer water with high hardness level. These kinds of fish like high pH water. Thus you can use Coral Sand to decorate. You can use coral. (But in some country, If you own coral, it is illegal.). However it is hard to find plant that can survive in high pH water because most of aquatic plant can't survive in high pH water. There a little kinds of plant such as Arnubias or Krib. You should set your aquarium like this. The pH is 7.5-9.0.The dH is estimate 10-20 degree. The temperature is 23-28 Celsius degree. You can set temperature by heater in winter and chiller in summer.