Altolamprologus fasciatus is the lesser known cousin of Altolamprologus calvus and Altolamprologus compressiceps. Both A. calvus and A. compressiceps are easily recognizable by their laterally compressed body and unique profile. Although A. fasciatus’ body is somewhat similar to the other species in the genus, it differs enough that it may eventually be reclassified into another genus. For the time being, it is still an Altolamprologus.
In the wild Altolamprologus fasciatus is a predator feeding mostly on fry and small fish in shallow, rocky waters. Adults can reach 6 inches in length. In the aquarium A. fasciatus is peaceful toward other species but can be aggressive toward its own. Because of its peaceful nature it does well with many other species. However, if other fish are too aggressive or active, A. fasciatus may become very shy. Dietary considerations should also be taken. A. fasciatus needs a diet high in protein which may not be suitable for other fish. To discuss Altolamprologus fasciatus visit the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.
The Ohio Cichlid Association is holding their annual Extravaganza on November 18-20, 2016. That gives everyone just over a month to make their plans and attend one of the nation’s best cichlid events. Guest speakers include Ad Konings, Adrian Indermaur, Rusty Wessel and Ingo Seidel. Aside from presentations, attendees can enjoy a swap meet, vendor tables, 29 class fish show and an auction on the final day. A pizza party and hospitality suite is also available for registered attendees.
This year’s event will be held at the Strongsville, Ohio Holiday Inn. Special room rates available for registered attendees. For more information and to register for the 22nd Ohio Cichlid Association Extravaganza visit their Extravaganza 2016 page.
When we think of Labidochromis, the species that comes to mind is Labidochromis caeruleus, the yellow lab. However, the genus Labidochromis is made up of many species including Labidochromis vellicans. Most of the other Labidochromis species with the exception of sp. “Hongi” or “perlmutt” are rarely seen in the hobby. L. vellicans can be found from time to time, usually from other hobbyists.
Sporting a yellow face with a blue body Labidochromis vellicans is an attractive fish. Growing to almost 3 inches it isn’t very large. It can be found in the southern part of Lake Malawi feeding on algae and small invertebrates. Unlike L. caeruleus, L. vellicans are more solitary and are usually only seen in pairs or small groups. A quality flake or pellet made up of vegetable matter and some protein is recommended. To discuss L. vellicans or any other Labidochromis visit the Lake Malawi Species forum.
Mikrogeophagus altispinosus. Photo by Edward D. Burress
A popular dwarf cichlid, Mikrogeophagus altispinosus can be found in various rivers of Brazil and Bolivia. Commonly known as Bolivian rams, they are colorful and a joy to watch. Reaching a little over 2 inches when fully grown, M. altispinosus can easily be housed in tanks as small as 20 gallons. Except when breeding, rams are very peaceful and get along well with other tankmates. Due to water condition requirements it is best to keep them with other South American cichlids. For anyone thinking of getting into Mikrogeophagus altispinosus or those looking for tips on breeding them make sure to check out the two different articles by Kaycy Ruffer and Edward D. Burress. To discuss M. altispinosus visit the South American Cichlids forum.
Telmatochromis brichardi is a small cichlid found along rocky areas in shallow waters. Telmatochromis is closely related to Julidochromis, both having an elongated body and making their home in rocks. Despite this T. brichardi is often assumed to be a shell-dweller and given shells by hobbyists. However, if rock formations are available, they will ignore shells in favor of caves.
Telmatochromis brichardi is a peaceful species that normally doesn’t display much aggression. Both males and females are under 2 inches in length when fully grown. Pairs form temporarily to breed and care for the young but won’t stay together for long. There is some disagreement about their natural diet, being either an algae eater or an egg-stealing carnivore. A good quality flake or pellet should suffice. If small fry are seen, crushed flake or baby brine shrimp are recommended. To discuss Telmatochromis brichardi visit the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.
The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga features many great exhibits including River Giants and the Tennessee River Gallery. There is also the Rivers of the World gallery which includes the Amazon River, Congo River and other rivers in Africa. For those who don’t mind getting wet there are many hands-on exhibits to experience.
Along with all the great exhibits the Tennessee Aquarium has also built a 14,000 square foot facility for the advancement of conservation science. The conservation institute is not only a research facility, but an educational lab for students, conservation professionals and Aquarium members. The facility houses artificial streams to study the effects of humans on the environment as well as temperature changes on stream ecology. If you live in the Chattanooga, TN area make sure to visit the Tennessee Aquarium not only for what they have to offer but to support them in their efforts to protect the environment. For more information visit their website at www.tnaqua.org/.
A short video by Ugur rusen dogan of an aquarium designed to recreate the rocky Tropheus duboisi habitat in the waters around Kigoma in Lake Tanganyika.
In the wild Tropheus duboisi will spend their days grazing on the algae covered rocks. The rocks also provide territory boundaries and protection. In an aquarium a rocky setup not only gives an aesthetic sense of authenticity, but provides hiding places and territory boundaries for the aggressive nature of Tropheus. While T. duboisi are generally considered more hardy and less aggressive then other Torpheus species, they are still Tropheus. For more information on Tropheus duboisi visit the species article in the library. Tropheus can be discuss in the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.
Male and female Astatotilapia latifasciata. Photo by Robert De Leon
A new article on Astatotilapia latifasciata has been added to the library. The original article by Marc Elieson can still be found here. In addition to more details about A. latifasciata, the new article includes more and larger photos.
Astatotilapia latifasciata is an interesting species originally from Lake Kyoga in the Lake Victoria Basin. With the loss of its natural habitat, A. latifasciata has only been seen in an adjacent lake, Lake Nawampassa. A. latifasciata is a colorful and peaceful cichlid making a great candidate for beginners and anyone looking to add color to their aquarium. Its gentile character works will other Victorian cichlids and even many Lake Malawi species. The new article can be found in the library. To discuss this species visit the Lake Victoria Basin forum.
Paralabidochromis chilotes Ruti Island. Female on right, male on left. Photos by Greg Steeves
Paralabidochromis chilotes in a species of cichlid found in Lake Victoria. There are two recognizable variants, the most common from Zue Island. Males have a checkerboard pattern on their body and dominant males will display greens and blues with red on the chest area. Females from Zue Island are silver with not much color. The other P. chilotes variant is from Ruti Island. While the males have a similar color pattern to males from Zue Island, the females sport a distinctive blotched pattern.
Paralabidochromis chilotes have a slightly upturned snout and as they mature their lips become enlarged. They are often referred to as the thick-lipped Victorian. P. chilotes is similar to other Lake Victoria cichlids. They are tolerant to a variety of water conditions, are generally robust, and easy to breed. P. chilotes is not as aggressive as other Victorian cichlids and does well with a variety of fish. To discuss Paralabidochromis chilotes Ruti Island visit the Lake Victoria Basin forum.
Tilapia joka is an unusual looking cichlids found in rivers and streams of Sierra Leone and Liberia. Fish from the genus Tilapia are not usually seen in the hobby, but T. joka is one of the few. Its attractive barring an small size have earned them a place in West African cichlid enthusiast’s tanks. While they grow to around 8 inches in the wild, in aquariums they tend not to exceed more than 5 inches.
Tilapia joka is a mild mannered fish and does best when kept with other less aggressive fish. A pair will bond and remain monogamous. T. joka should be kept in soft, clean water. Diet should include plant matter with some protein. Females will lay up to 200 eggs inside a cave and both parents will care for the offspring. During breeding males can become territorial. To discuss Tilapia joka visit the West African forum.