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Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:59 pm
by nijlpaard
Hello, I am a bit new to this board. My name is Sibrand. The last 7 years I kept Centrals, but now I keep Tanganyika cichlids again.
Some years ago I posted a photo and desription about my L-tank at the "Aquarium Gallery" here.
I tried to edit it today. I had some problems with updating the photos :-?

I kept them Tanganyika cichlids for over 30 years. Mostly Tropheus, but also other species.
The seize of our tank is: 4.10 x 1.00 x 0.73m.

My wife Anneke likes to shoot photos and I like to make movies of our fish. Some of you might recognize some of my movies at my
YouTube-account.

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Above a picture of some months ago.


The cichlids we keep today are:

2/6 Cyathopharynx foai "Magara" F2

14/14 Cyprichromis microlepidotus "Kasai"

1 proven couple Lepidiolamprologus attenuatus F0

3 Mastacembelus ellipsifer F1

7 Neolamprologus multifasciatus (with some fry)

7 Synodontis polli white Zambia


Here a movie I shot almost 3 months ago.




And some photo's :wink:


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And another movie.


Re: Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 5:04 pm
by nijlpaard
And a photo of one of the foai males.

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Re: Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 9:30 am
by Fogelhund
Great tank and size. How much territory do the attentuatus take when they breed? I've bred them, and found them to be very aggressive at spawning. Brave keeping them with the foai, but then you've got all that space.

Re: Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 5:59 pm
by nijlpaard
Fogelhund wrote:Great tank and size. How much territory do the attentuatus take when they breed? I've bred them, and found them to be very aggressive at spawning. Brave keeping them with the foai, but then you've got all that space.

I still have to find out about that :wink:

We only had a batch of eggs once... and they were all eaten by the male.

This couple is a proven couple and F0. They had a lot of fry when someone else kept them. The fry was sold to different stores in Holland.
I hope they will not be to aggressive, but so far so good.

The male measures about 15cm and the female about 10cm.

I bought them because the multifasciatus had a lot of fry, about 50. Today only 10 of them survived. So it works out fine for me.
I don't want to catch fish from this tank, because it is very difficult.

Re: Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:13 pm
by Fogelhund
I kept mine in a 180cm x 45 cm tall x 60cm wide tank.

I ended up having to take everything else out.

Re: Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2016 7:38 am
by nijlpaard
Fogelhund wrote:I kept mine in a 180cm x 45 cm tall x 60cm wide tank.

I ended up having to take everything else out.

Thank you for your comment!

Not all the fish of one species have the same behaviour.

It might work out fine here, because the tank is bigger and other fish can easily get out of the way.
But we will have to wait and see what happens.

Re: Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 4:00 pm
by nijlpaard
One of our Cyprichromis microlepidotus males has a bit of a head injury the last few days.

This wound is cleaned by a Synodontis polli white Zambia.

The photos were shot during daytime with a flash at a dark spot in the tank. The quality of the photos is not that good, but it
shows that the microlepidotus moves into position and that the polli cleans the wound.

The white spot at the background is where the polli hides during daytime.

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Re: Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:45 pm
by DJRansome
Interesting behavior.

Re: Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Sat Aug 27, 2016 5:43 am
by nijlpaard
DJRansome wrote:Interesting behavior.

Just natural behavior :wink:

Re: Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Thu Sep 01, 2016 5:34 pm
by Razzo
Magnificent tank!

Re: Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:07 pm
by nijlpaard
Enjoy :wink:


Re: Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2016 12:16 pm
by Iggy Newcastle
I remember this tank with CAs. The sheer size of it is amazing. I have not gone on YT much lately and missed you switching to Tanganyikans. So awesome...

Re: Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 2:24 pm
by nijlpaard
Iggy Newcastle wrote:I remember this tank with CAs. The sheer size of it is amazing. I have not gone on YT much lately and missed you switching to Tanganyikans. So awesome...

Thanks a lot, Iggy!

We switched this month, 1 year ago.

Re: Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2016 2:20 pm
by nijlpaard
We decided to add a group (9) of Xenotilapia spilopterus to our tank. They are still small (between 4 and 5 cm). The attenuatus
male and female tried to attack them from the start. When they found out that the spilopterus are simply too fast for them,
they stopped the attacks. Probably only a waste of energy for them :roll:

Some more pictures by my wife.

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And a foai "Magara" male in the sunlight this afternoon :wink:

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Re: Tanganyika cichlids again

PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2016 3:03 pm
by nijlpaard
This afternoon the attenuatus were courting.

Here is a photo shot by my wife Anneke :wink:

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And another photo of a foai male.

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