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  1. #11

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    I forgot to add this last time: If you are not doing so yet, you should start adding a buffer to get the pH to 8.2 and you should also add some salt made specifically for Lake Malawi. For both i use Seachem brand. This will help keep the water as close to they would have in nature, which means they will do that much better. They are hardy so not doing so won't outright kill them, but doing so will allow for better long term effects like increased lifespan, better colors, better growth, more likely to breed, and better ability to thrive.
    Aquarist since 1995
    Biologist and Published Author in Multiple Aquarium Magazines
    Owner: Aquarium Maintenance Company
    Advanced Aquarium Concepts: Articles about many aspects of aquarium care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reptileguy2727
    I forgot to add this last time: If you are not doing so yet, you should start adding a buffer to get the pH to 8.2 and you should also add some salt made specifically for Lake Malawi. For both i use Seachem brand. This will help keep the water as close to they would have in nature, which means they will do that much better. They are hardy so not doing so won't outright kill them, but doing so will allow for better long term effects like increased lifespan, better colors, better growth, more likely to breed, and better ability to thrive.
    Thanks Reptileguy!
    My PH stays at 8.2
    I have crushed coral substrate and tuffa rocks which help.

    I am using aquarium salt now, but the Malawi salt has been ordered.
    30 gallon salt water tank
    Protein skimmer
    2 power heads
    2 clowns and 3 hermits

    Joe C.

  3. #13

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    Good, the aquarium salt is not what they need, so when you get the Malawi salt, start using it with water changes, dosing according to the amount of water you change, not the volume of the tank.
    Aquarist since 1995
    Biologist and Published Author in Multiple Aquarium Magazines
    Owner: Aquarium Maintenance Company
    Advanced Aquarium Concepts: Articles about many aspects of aquarium care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reptileguy2727
    Good, the aquarium salt is not what they need, so when you get the Malawi salt, start using it with water changes, dosing according to the amount of water you change, not the volume of the tank.
    OK,
    So if I remove 15 gallons of water, I add back 3 tablespoons of salt, or is the malawi salt different??
    30 gallon salt water tank
    Protein skimmer
    2 power heads
    2 clowns and 3 hermits

    Joe C.

  5. #15

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    Follow the directions on the Malawi salt when you get it. So if it is one teaspoon per 5 gallons and you take out 15 gallons, you will add three teaspoons (one tablespoon).
    Aquarist since 1995
    Biologist and Published Author in Multiple Aquarium Magazines
    Owner: Aquarium Maintenance Company
    Advanced Aquarium Concepts: Articles about many aspects of aquarium care.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reptileguy2727
    Follow the directions on the Malawi salt when you get it. So if it is one teaspoon per 5 gallons and you take out 15 gallons, you will add three teaspoons (one tablespoon).
    I got a call from the Pet place and they cannot ship Malawi salt at this time.
    I looked on line and all I find is Malawi/Victoria buffer???

    I see Cichlid salt but not specifically Malawi salt.

    Is there an on line source for Malawi salt?
    30 gallon salt water tank
    Protein skimmer
    2 power heads
    2 clowns and 3 hermits

    Joe C.

  7. #17

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    Seachem's is called Cichlid Lake Salt, not specific to Malawi because all three of the major rift lakes have the same salts in the same proportions, just in different concentrations. So the directions give different dosing instructions for each lake. The buffer is used to bring the pH up to about 8.2, not really to supply all the trace salts the way the salt does.
    Aquarist since 1995
    Biologist and Published Author in Multiple Aquarium Magazines
    Owner: Aquarium Maintenance Company
    Advanced Aquarium Concepts: Articles about many aspects of aquarium care.

  8. Default OK, I'll order it


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    Thanks again...

    I will have to re-check with the LFS on this.

    I think I may have to order online.
    PetSmart has it online, but not in the store, go figure!


    For now, I don't think the aquarium salt will hurt, but it isn't exactly what they need.
    I'll get on it ASAP.
    30 gallon salt water tank
    Protein skimmer
    2 power heads
    2 clowns and 3 hermits

    Joe C.

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