A new species of cichlid from Iran has been described. Iranocichla persa joins I. hormuzensis in what was once a single species genus. Like I. hormuzensis, I. persa has only been found in drainage rivers along the Persian Gulf coastal region. The article titled “Iranocichla persa, a new cichlid species from southern Iran” by Hamid Reza Esmaeili, Golnaz Sayyadzadeh and Ole Seehausen can be found in its entirety on the ZooKeys website.
According to the publication, Iranocichla persa is genetically close to I. hormuzensis, but different enough to be considered a separate species. Visually, I. persa stands out from I. hormuzensis by the orange coloration in the chest and lower part of the head. To find out more about I. persa including the collection locations and methodology used in describing this new species, visit the ZooKeys website. To discuss I. persa visit the Lake Victoria Basin, West African, Madagascar & Asian Species forum.
A Tropheus moorii Kasanga feeding video by RonnyM88 to kick off Thanksgiving.
One of the most popular variants of Tropheus is the Red Rainbow. However, the name Red Rainbow is used for several T. moorii location variants including Kasanga (in video above) and Kambwimba (pictured below). T. moorii Kambwimba also produces orange-blotched (OB) specimens which are very attractive.
Tropheus are very active cichlids that are prone to becoming stressed and sick if dietary and tank requirements are not properly addressed. Tropheus can also be very aggressive toward each other. For those reasons they are often not recommended for beginning hobbyists. Despite their “difficult” reputation, once a hobbyist is committed to properly keeping Tropheus they are a pleasure to have and not too difficult to maintain. To learn more about keeping Tropheus moorii and other Tropheus species visit the Tropheus Corner library section. Discussion can also be done in the Lake Tanganyika Species forum.
Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae. Photo by Greg Steeves
A unique cichlid found in rivers and streams in the Lake Victoria basin and even in the upper Nile River. Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae is one of two subspecies, the other being Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor multicolor. The two subspecies have different color patterns and are not found together in the wild. P. multicolor victoriae, with its golden body and red fins, is considered the more attractive of the two subspecies.
Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor has been in the hobby for over 100 years and was one of the first species bred in captivity. Other the years it lost its popularity and isn’t seen much anymore. Regardless, due to its hardy nature and attractive coloration it is still considered a great beginner fish. Reaching less then 4 inches in length, P. multicolor adapts well to a variety of water conditions, accepts all types of foods and breeds easily. Males can be aggressive even toward other species so care should be taken when considering tankmates. Due to the likelihood in interbreeding, Pseudocrenilabrus multicolor victoriae and P. multicolor multicolor should never be kept together. To discuss either of the two subspecies visit the Lake Victoria Basin forum.
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.