08-14-2010, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by weareoceansaway
I currently converted my 30 gallon to a cichlid tank. I always wanted a cichlid tank, but heard they were much harder to keep than tropical. After keeping a fifty five gallon tropical tank for two years with no issues, I figured it was time. ^-^
I recently traded some baby guppies for a very healthy, and very aggressive, red zebra mbuna. He is a beautiful and very vibrant fish. I already read enough about limestone and substrate to make my head spin, so that topic Im pretty good about. This next topic, not so much.
Ive looked everywhere, it seems, for the answer to this question...do lake malawi cichlids prefer saltier water than tropicals? My tropical tank gets one tablespoon per five gallons of 50 marine salt, 50 regular aquarium salt. (I never knew if there was much difference, but with this combo my fishes colors have really never been so vibrant and rich). I added what my trops would get but have been hesitant to add more. My LFS doesnt really seem to know about their cichlids, and even told me that they do well in brackish conditions....true?
Thank you for any help!
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South American cichlids are brackish, however, ALL African Species (tanganyikan, Malawian Etc) prefer fresh water!
Add salt and they will be uncomfortable. I don't know why you put salt in your regular tank anyway.
All the best. Keep that fish alive.