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JBL Pro Flora u501 Co2 Kit- finally installed

Hi Guys,

Now I have had this CO2 Kit for a few months now and just didn't have time to set it up. Something always got in the way. Having five kids seems to distract me from the aquariums from time to time. However, I did find the time recently and wished I had just done it months ago. It took me less than 1 hour to fully install and run the Pro Flora u501 kit from JBL.

When  you choose to use live plants in your aquarium, wether its a full on aquascaped tank or simply some bunches of plants for decoration, care is required to insure your plants remain healthy and look their best.

Aquatic plants breath in carbon dioxide (Co2) and exhale oxygen. They find food sources from the water and soak in in via their leaves. They also require light in same way trees do.

We can provide all these factors by introducing high output lighting, liquid fertilisers and by installing Co2 Kits like the one above. I am no expert on any of these subjects. This installation was the first time for me and…

Cichlid Addicted - African Rift Lakes

Hi Guys, 
For this weeks Cichlid Addicted blog, I want to focus on Lake Malawi Cichlids.  The cichlids of Lake Malawi consist of two groups which are generally known as haplochromines and the tilapiines. Within the first group, there are two subgroups. The first one live in the open water with sandy substrates. The males have some amazingly bright colours. Females show a silvery coloration with sometimes irregular black bars or other markings.  The second subgroup is known both locally and popularly as Mbuna, which means "rockdwellers". The Mbuna species tend to be smaller, often specialized in eating green algae on rock surfaces. Both sexes have vibrant bright colours with males having several egg shaped gold spots on their anal fin. All haplochromines from Lake Malawi are mouthbrooders The second group, the Tilapiines, comprises the only substrate-spawning species in the lake (Coptodon rendalli), in addition to the five mouthbrooding species of chambo (Nyasalapia, a subgenus…

Cichlid Addicted - Introduction


A family of fish that includes over 1600 species already described and the same amount still to be described. This makes Cichlids one of the largest groups of vertebrates on the planet. Found mostly in South America and Africa, the variant in size and shape is vast. For this reason, you will see many cichlids living happily in a community tank without any problems.

Dwarf Cichlids like Apistogramma are one of the smaller most popular cichlids. Especially amongst the Lothian Fishkeepers. Hailing from South America and with over 100 species described so far, these are very nice little fish. I have only recently discovered the attraction of keeping these fish. In the shops you will find a great selection of either captive bred or wild caught species. All offering beautiful colours and stunning fins.

To get the best out your Apistogramma, leaf litter and slightly darker water is advised. This can be created by adding tannins which you can get from most fish stores.

At the other e…