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African Cichlid Tropical Fish Tank by the Fish Tank Kings


The Fish Tank Kings are at it once again.  Adding drama to the production of quality aquatic habitats in the tropical fish tanks they construct and deliver.  In the latest episode, they create a true living reef for a high end customer where they ordinarily try to save the corals by using artificial replicas and they convince a Miami Outreach Program to take ownership of a beautiful new tank populated with my favorite species, African Cichlids from Lake Malawi.

The more I watch the Fish Tank Kings, the more I am impressed with their dedication to providing the beauty of the oceans and freshwater habitats in an environmentally conscientious way.  They seem to do their best to screen their clients and find the perfect combination of fish and habitat that will suit them, and that can be responsibly maintained over a long period of time.

As mentioned, this episode has two aquarium installations, one, a living reef in a home is impressive.  The living picture it provides is truly amazing.  But the more important tank, as far as I am concerned, is the lobby aquarium they created for Miami Heat’s retired superstar Alonzo Mourning’s Overtown Youth Center for Kids.  He already has a stunning salt water reef tank in his home, but wanted to add some life to the lobby of the Youth Center.

When dealing with the Youth Center tank, Episode 5 concentrates on creating a tank that is easy to maintain and providing solid ownership by the kids in the center, but satisfying their enjoyment of very colourful species like saltwater.  The choice of African Cichlids from Lake Malawi, in particular, provides bright colours and lots of activity to keep young minds occupied.  At the same time, these cichlids require much lees maintenance and care than a delicate marine environment would demand.  The choice is ideal, and the reaction of the kids that attend the reveal demonstrates that clearly.

African Cichlids in a Youth Center Tropical Fish Tank was the Right Choice

There are other factors that make these cichlids the perfect inhabitant for the Overtown Youth Center’s tropical fish Tank.  They are colourful and active. Their constant movement adds flashes of light and colour to the tank as they patrol it.  But African Cichlids are very prolific.  As the tank ages, a number of generations will start living together.  This is mainly due to the way Africans from Lake Malawi generally have exploited a mouth brooding style of procreation.  The female will lay her eggs, the male will fertilize them and then she will pick those eggs up and hold them in her mouth for the time it takes for the eggs to turn into fry big enough to survive on her own.

The rock aquascape offers lots of places for the fry to hide and move around out of sight of the adults who will try to eat them if they can.  As time goes by, those babies will grow to a size where they are no longer food and finally from juveniles to breeding adults on their own.  These kids have a lot to look forward as they observe the activity of the aquarium and the way it evolves and matures.

Overtown Youth Center African Cichlid Tropical Fish Tank

This African Cichlid Tropical Fish Tank has become the focal point of the lobby of the Overtown Youth Center in Miami. The aquarium was built and installed by the Fish Tank Kings – Living Color

OYC Kids viewing their new African Cichlid Tropical FIsh Tank at the reveal

OYC Kids viewing their new African Cichlid Tropical Fish Tank at the reveal

OYC Kids viewing their new African Cichlid Tropical Fish Tank at the reveal

OYC Kids viewing their new African Cichlid Tropical Fish Tank at the reveal

 

 

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Steve Pond, of Tropical Fish Aquarist, has kept fish both personally and professionally for over 50 years.  He writes regularly on the wide range of current topics that are important to people who keep tropical fish tanks as a passion and a hobby.

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4 Comments

  1. Amit kumar balFebruary 27, 2013 at 3:29 pmReply

    The cichlid tank is amazing

    • PietroMarch 5, 2015 at 8:32 pmReply

      Here are some compatible fish:-5 CometsThe same size would be good, so they do not fight. They do not get on with fish that look dienfreft to them-i don’t mean the genes/mutations, but the breeds.They would need:-A big tank (30g is good)-Quality flakes fed twice a day.-Treats: Grated carrot, meat, frozen bloodworms, live triops, brine shrimp e.t.c-Gravel, a pump and ornaments with plants for oxygen. A filter is good.If not, then about five fan tailed fish. (Black moor-the tiny ones, and the others that are white with red heads, golden e.t.c.)INFO: Keep with the own breeds-they do not have very good sight-well, the black moors especially and other fish will take the food before them and then they would go hungry or have very little food. On themselves, they will eventually find it and have a equal and certain chance of getting foodThey need the same as moors.Some goldfish would be good too.Good luck:)I love animals.

  2. fish magazineMarch 5, 2015 at 1:20 amReply

    Howdy, You publish some wonderful blogs, I adore nearly all of your current articles or blog posts. I always check back here often to see when you have modified. Carry on blogging!

  3. LahcenMarch 6, 2015 at 12:11 amReply

    Option one: Two fancy goldfishoption two:female (Not male! ) betta fish. otiopn three:A mix of Kuhli loaches , and guppies. Option four:Platy fish. Five:Mollys six (community tank):Female bettas, Angle fish, a few mollys, and kuhli loaches.Many, MANY more. Just remember goldfish need twenty gallons for the first one, and ten gallons for each additional fish. and, the only fish that will get along with one of them are Kuhli loaches and Koi. Make sure you have a double power filter and check your water often I love animals.

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