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my brother wants to get some africans, but the guy at our lfs said he would have to set up a brackish tank to keep the ph high. i figured if they would would be ok in freshwater, he could use agronite or something to keep the ph up
 

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as far as i know, they're brackish. they're not specific to salinity, so you could keep a slight salinity level, 1.003-1.008 and they'll stay vibrant and healthy.
 

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They aren't really brackish, but they do like very basic water that's hard enough to stay standing if the tank shatters around it. There are particular blends of chemicals that need to be added to the water to give it the right balance of ions to mimic the profile of one of the three major Rift Lakes. I don't know a whole lot about it, but, were I planning on setting up an African cichlid tank, I'd decide whether I wanted to keep Lake Tanagnyika or Lake Malawi cichlids, and then do some google searching on how to mimic that water. There are a lot of resources out there for cichlid keepers. It's like a cult or something :D
 
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