Serious cichlidophiles understand the importance of effort when it comes to providing the most optimal environment possible for their fish. Effective fish keeping isn't about the quantity or cost of the equipment you use (dependability aside). It's about the quality of the fish you get and your effort as a fish keeper.
I encounter fish keepers frequently who are more interested in doing less work and taking short cuts rather than exerting effort. Folks, being a good aquarist requires effort. Do the work - water changes, water testing, substrate cleaning, filter cleaning, glass cleaning, decor cleaning. At the end of the day, performing those tasks are the only way to ensure quality tanks and healthy fish.
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American Cichlid Assoc.
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