Ten tips that can help establish and maintain a successful African Cichlid tank. Taken from some hard won experience.
A big shout out to the following YouTube channels that have been very helpful to me: KG Tropicals, Pond Guru, Jay Wilson, Lou9294, Cichlid Madman, Mbuna Marcus, Steve Poland, Robert Lee, IFG, HalfMan HalfCichlid, robOzwrld and those I know I missed (sorry).
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SunSun 302-B (265 gph): https://amzn.to/2Y6Ylhy
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Suggested Bio Media that I use in my canisters:
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Chemical Filtration I’ve Used with Good Results:
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Heaters I use:
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Cobalt Neo Therm: https://amzn.to/2N5eFZU
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