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I think everyone should use some type of buffer. African cichlids or not. Otherwise your PH will fall overtime.
 

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What are you keeping ph/ alkalinity / calcium hardness at jb ?
 

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PH 7.0 -7.3. KH 8. GH 6. That's where I try to keep the numbers to accommodate my plants.
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Absolutely! My tropheus are pigs and messy, so with a high bioload and w/o any buffers, the pH is unstable - not a good thing for trophs and any stresses can lead to bloat. Watch for GH/tds for your water too.
 
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