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  1. Hlompho Lion

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    From 21, I have 19 juvenile Malawis, they already took out the weakest 2 in a few minutes.

    Can anyone advise on where I can get the best rocks, I picked up mine from hiking site along side a river however I don’t really like them.

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    Hi Hlompho Lion

    Sorry to hear of your loss,

    What other fish do you have in the tank.

    How long have you had that layout like that and what size is the tank.
     
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    Only African Cichlids, setup was completed yesterday, I have a 240 litres tank.
     
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    If you don't mind saying.
    Where did you buy them from?
     
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    The fish I got from LFS and rocks from the veld.
     
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    So you bought all of them together ?

    No other fish was in the tank before adding these fish ?

    Can you tell us what happend to the fish that died ? Where there any fighting.

    How long has the tank been running ?

    You said the the setup was completed yesterday. Is it a brand new setup.

    What filtration are you running on the tank

    Sorry for all the Q's but we need a bugger picture of what went wrong.
     
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    @Hlompho Lion, did you cycle the tank before addidng all those fish in or are you adding any bacteria in a bottle like Seachem Stability to help establish bacteria in your filter?
     
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    @Hlompho Lion , most LFS's sell rocks for the tank

    If you collect rocks from the veld, you must make sure they tank safe. Usually we pour a bit of vinegar on them and if it doesnt bubble, they ok

    There is also a place in Pretoria called C & M Landscaping, they have the most amazing variety of stunning rocks and wood and their prices are excellent
     
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    Yes, ran the tank for 3 days before adding the fish, they are strong and happy in the tank, I got 10 new fish today and got 11 last week, they are fighting for territory hence the 2 died. I placed the rocks yesterday so that they can each claim they own space it’s been better.
     
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    I haven’t seen any rocks yet at LFS, nice ones that is, please PM me the address I will go and visit the place when I get a chance.
     
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    @Hlompho Lion running a tank for 3 days does not cycle a tank.... cycling a tank can take over a month sometimes
    Cycling a tank in easy words means enough good bacteria must grow in your filter so that when you add the fish, the good bacteria can consume the fish poo and left over foods
    Once this is done you start adding fish but only 2 or 3 at a time
    If you dont do this, you land up losing most of the fish

    Now that you have already done it, i suggest you go to the LFS tomorrow and buy a bottle of Seachem Stability and you add that to your tank every day for 7 days to establish the good bacteria in your filter and try avoid any more fish losses

    I have tried to explain in very simple terms but try and read up on the nitrogen cycle
     
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    If you google Aquarium Centre, Fish for Africa or Wazeer's usually have but the most amazing place is C & M Landscaping
    They are a little out being in Pretoria but you will go crazy there with the variety and much cheaper than at LFS
     
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    Great thanks for letting me know.
     
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    Prime is excellent, you must still use the Prime to get rid of chlorine and chloramine with every water change
    The Stability is only used for 7 or 8 days to help grow bacteria in your filter when you start a new tank
     
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    Thank you
     

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