When we do our weekly maintenance and water changes, we should always condition the water BEFORE we put it into the aquarium. This insures all the toxic chemicals have been removed prior to your tap water entering your aquariums ecosystem and have damaging effects.
Why do water changes? Water quality ensures your aquarium and the wellbeing of the inhabitants within the underwater neighbourhood are good. Water changes are a fundamental aspect of maintaining high water quality and managing your fishes health. Why does it matter? Even with an efficient filtration system, water changing is a basic requirement of any aquarium. Siphoning a percentage of the water from the aquarium and replacing it with new, “clean” water helps remove waste and organic material (uneaten food, dead plant matter), breaking down in the aquarium. Dissolving organic matter will contribute to the concentration of nitrate...
Caring for these small cichlids in the home aquarium is not to demanding. To get the best colour, behaviour and breeding it is best to try and replicate their natural environment. Using readily available aquarium sand, you can create a similar setup to the amazon basin. With the addition of some driftwood and branches along with some smooth river stones and aquatic plants your fish will be very happy.
First, it’s good to understand what algae is. Algae is a plant that grows with significant amounts of uneaten food and waste. Different types of algae can bloom. Some appear free-floating, others can seem scummy. They can also create filmy layers of the sides of your tank and on features in the environment. They can also appear grass or seaweed-like or be a dirt-brown colour.