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.