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Rusty Wessel ACA 2016 Speaker

Rusty Wessel

Rusty Wessel

Continuing with this year’s American Cichlid Association 2016 Convention speakers we’re highlighting Rusty Wessel. Rusty is an author and photographer whose works have appeared on many fish related magazines and other publications. Several of his articles on Central American cichlids can be found in the New World Cichlids library.

Rusty Wessel keeps many species of cichlids from around the world in his large fish house. However, he is best known for his work and collection of Central American cichlids. Rusty even has a discovery named after him, Theraps wesseli. To hear Rusty and many other speakers share their experiences and knowledge make sure to attend this year’s ACA 2016 Convention. For more details on the convention visit the ACA 2016 Convention website.

Parananochromis longirostris from West Africa

Parananochromis longirostris

Parananochromis longirostris. Photo by Dave Hansen

Parananochromis longirostris can be found in rivers and streams mainly throughout Southwestern Cameroon and Northern Gabon. This West African cichlid is not often seen by hobbyists, but it is occasionally available on stock lists. Not necessarily the best choice for beginners as they are prone to infections if water quality isn’t ideal. Although not aggressive males can reach 6+ inches.

Parananochromis longirostris form monogamous pairs and usually spawn in caves. Both male and female will look after the young until they are old enough to go out on their own. Clean, soft water is a must to encourage breeding. Temperatures should also be kept slightly cool. More details are somewhat limited on this species. If you are looking for something rare and unusual from West Africa, P. longirostris might be the ticket. To discuss this species visit the West African Species forum.

Aequidens superomaculatum described

Aequidens superomaculatum

Aequidens superomaculatum specimen. Photo from publication

A paper has been written describing a new species, Aequidens superomaculatum. Most Aequidens species can be found in the Amazon and Orinoco River basins. Several species of Aequidens have been moved to other genera as classifications are sorted out. A. superomaculatum shares many physical attributes as other Aequidens, but differs enough to receive its own species name. The specimens were collected from several locations in rivers and canals in southern Venezuela between Brazil and Colombia.

The publication appears to be only available in Spanish. For those with just a little understanding, enough can be understood to find out what sets Aequidens superomaculatum apart from other similar species. The publications can be found at redalyc.org. To discuss A. superomaculatum visit the South American Species forum.

Ad Konings ACA 2016 Speaker

ad konings

Ad Konings

Between now and July 7th we’ll be doing a short profile on this year’s American Cichlid Association 2016 Convention speakers. Starting off with a person synonymous with cichlid keeping, Ad Konings. Born in the Netherlands, Ad’s passion for cichlids began at the age of 14. Although he originally studied medical biology at the University of Amsterdam, Ad is now one of the most recognizable names in ichthyology. In 1991 Ad started his publishing company, Cichlid Press and published his first of many cichlid books, Cichlids Yearbook, vol. 1.

In 1996 Ad Konings moved to El Paso, Texas. He has published many of the best books on cichlids and continues his research on the subject. Ad is also very involved with the Stuart M. Grant Cichlid Conservation Fund. Ad’s lectures are always exciting, informative and insightful. Join him and other speakers at this years ACA 2016 Convention.

Tropheus moorii Chaitika from Lake Tanganyika

Tropheus moorii

Tropheus moorii Chaitika, aka Blue Rainbow. Photo by Ad Konings

The Tropheus genus from Lake Tanganyika is made up of only a handful of different species. However, those species are further defined by dozens of different variants. Pictured above is the Tropheus moorii Chaitika, commonly known as the Blue Rainbow. There are several variants commonly referred to as Red Rainbow, but only one Blue Rainbow.

Tropheus have a reputation of being best kept by advanced hobbyists, but with an understanding of their requirements and a willingness to meet thos needs, anyone can keep Tropheus. If you are interested in keeping a species like Tropheus moorii Chaitika check out the Tropheus Corner where you will find a variety of articles. To discuss any Tropheus species visit the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.

Amazon River needs to be connected

amazon river

Photo by Neil Palmer/CIAT. CC 2.0

In past blogs the issues of dams being build on the Amazon River have been discussed. On one side there is the threat to the local ecology and on the other the increase need for sustainable energy. A recent study published in the journal Biological Conservation finds that separate areas along the river need to periodically flood and mix. This mixing of distinct regions leads to healthy and genetically diverse species of fish. Dams will prevent seasonal flooding which can have long-term effects not only on the native wildlife, but also on commercial fisheries.

For more information on the possible dangers dams pose to the Amazon River, read the study on the ReaserchGate.net website. To discuss cichlid species from the region visit the South American Species forum.

Malawi Cichlids in their Natural Habitat 5th Ed

malawi cichlids

The fifth edition of Malawi Cichlids in their Natural Habitat is now available. Through every edition, Ad Konings’ books have been a great resource for both beginner and advanced hobbyists. A review of the 4th edition by Peter Hofman can be found in the library.

The latest edition of Malawi Cichlids in their Natural Habitat includes over 1750 pictures mostly taken in the wild. Descriptions of species’ habitat, distribution, feeding and breeding behavior are included. For the novice hobbyists, this book is a great resource for helping identify and discover the many species of cichlids in Lake Malawi. Advanced hobbyists can also benefit by gaining a deeper understanding of the nature of fish they’ve kept. To discuss Lake Malawi cichlids visit the Lake Malawi Species forum. To pick up a copy of Malawi Cichlids in their Natural Habitat head over to Ad Konings’ website www.cichlidpress.com. The book is also found at a variety of online retailers and maybe your local stores.

Happy Mother’s Day 2016

happy mother's day

Steatocranus bleheri and fry. Photo by Dave Hansen

The staff at Cichlid-Forum.com would like to wish all the special moms out there a happy Mother’s Day.

Pictured above is a Steatocranus bleheri with some of her fry. S. bleheri are found in the fast moving waters of the Luapula River System which eventually feeds into the Congo River. Although not very common in the hobby, Steatocranus keepers love their personalities and unusual behaviors. To find out more about S. bleheri check out the article title A Rheophilic Suprise, Steatocranus bleheri by Dave Hansen. To discuss this and other rheophilic species visit the West African species forum. Again, happy Mother’s Day!

American Cichlid Association Convention 2016

american cichlid association

The American Cichlid Association Convention 2016 registration is now open. This year’s event will be in Cincinnati, Ohio and hosted by Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society. The event is still two months away but everyone should start making plans to be in Cincinnati on July 7th – 10th. Scheduled lecturers include Ad Konings, Greg Steeves, Rusty Wessel, Jeff Cardwell, Vin Kutty, Steve Lundblad, and Wayne Leibel.

Activities during the convention will include tours to the Newport Aquarium, several Cincinnati Craft Breweries, and the Cincinnati Zoo. What better way to do it than with other cichlid enthusiasts. For more information on the year’s American Cichlid Association Convention visit their website at acaconvention2016.com. More updates will be posted as the event date draws closer.

Invasive crayfish threaten Lake Tanganyika

invasive crayfish

Australian red-claw crawfish. Photo by Department of Fisheries & Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University.

There is a new threat to Lake Tanganyika. Invasive crayfish have been making their way toward the lake. When crayfish get into bodies of water for the first time, their impact on the local ecology is devastating. They are voracious eaters that will consume algae, plants, invertebrates and fish.

Past experiences with the introduction of crayfish into African waters have all ended badly. Even the Okavango Delta, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, is at risk from the invading crayfish. To read more about the invasive crayfish and their past and potential impacts check out the article on The Huffington Post.

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