Lake Malawi Species • Unusual Cyno. White Top behaviour...

Discussion regarding only Lake Malawi species.

Moderators: Chester B, DJRansome

Postby cichlidaholic » Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:10 pm

RAM333 wrote:Great to hear the long pelvic and the white tops get along.

Thanks,
Ron


They should...They are actually both from Galireya Reef in Lake Malawi! :wink:

Kim
110G - Perspicax Red Top Ndumbi, Demasoni, Yellow labs, Metriaclima Callainos

Check out the blog on the home page if you haven't already!!!
User avatar
cichlidaholic
 
Joined: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:48 pm
Location: Western Kentucky

Share On:

Share on Facebook Facebook Share on Twitter Twitter

Postby Kanorin » Thu Apr 10, 2008 8:57 pm

What do the adult Cyno. white top females look like?
User avatar
Kanorin
Moderator
 
Joined: Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:06 pm
Location: St. Louis, MO

Postby walleye » Fri Apr 11, 2008 7:47 am

The adult females look alot like subdom males. Here is my female right in the middle. The subdoms on the bottom and the dom to the right.

Image
walleye
 
Joined: Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:53 am
Location: Jesup Iowa

Postby cichlidaholic » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:12 am

One thing I've noticed (and really like) about this species is that subdominant males tend to colour up much nicer than in alot of other species.

I have 5 males fully coloured (nice blue/white) in a 55G.

Of course, I have tons of females in there, too, but it's very unusual for that many males to take on nice colouration, IME.

Kim
110G - Perspicax Red Top Ndumbi, Demasoni, Yellow labs, Metriaclima Callainos

Check out the blog on the home page if you haven't already!!!
User avatar
cichlidaholic
 
Joined: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:48 pm
Location: Western Kentucky

Postby why_spyder » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:13 am

cichlidaholic wrote:One thing I've noticed (and really like) about this species is that subdominant males tend to colour up much nicer than in alot of other species.

Kim


I see this species being the next "saulosi/demasoni" powerhouse species. There is no way this species will be fading out.... :thumb:
User avatar
why_spyder
 
Joined: Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:35 pm
Location: Sioux City, IA

Postby cichlidaholic » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:31 am

why_spyder wrote:
I see this species being the next "saulosi/demasoni" powerhouse species. There is no way this species will be fading out.... :thumb:


I agree. Everyone loves the Cynotilapia, but so many of the species have plain drab females, so this gives everyone an option. And, IMO, the female White tops are the closest to purple you will come with mbuna.

Kim
110G - Perspicax Red Top Ndumbi, Demasoni, Yellow labs, Metriaclima Callainos

Check out the blog on the home page if you haven't already!!!
User avatar
cichlidaholic
 
Joined: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:48 pm
Location: Western Kentucky

Postby teqvet » Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:41 am

Kim convinced me to add them to my stocking list, and I have! Just waiting now to be able to afford a bulk order of a few species :)
teqvet
 
Joined: Mon Mar 24, 2008 5:33 pm

Postby walleye » Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:21 pm

It's fun watching the subdom males flare white and spar, then watch them turn deep blue when the big boy comes around the corner. I had a 3.5" subdom challenge my 5" dom male the other day. That was interesting to watch for a few seconds. The tank boss had to put him in his place. :thumb:
walleye
 
Joined: Mon Aug 20, 2007 11:53 am
Location: Jesup Iowa

Postby cichlidaholic » Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:12 pm

I did have to separate my two wild males after about a year. They couldn't seem to come to terms with who was in charge, and after a couple of weeks of constantly trying to kill each other, I had to pull one out.

The large wild male is okay with all the younger males being flared up and fighting all the time, he totally ignores them. I'm sure it will be different once they start to get closer to his size. Right now, he rules by having an extra inch on them! :lol:

Kim
110G - Perspicax Red Top Ndumbi, Demasoni, Yellow labs, Metriaclima Callainos

Check out the blog on the home page if you haven't already!!!
User avatar
cichlidaholic
 
Joined: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:48 pm
Location: Western Kentucky

Postby why_spyder » Fri Apr 11, 2008 2:43 pm

cichlidaholic wrote:And, IMO, the female White tops are the closest to purple you will come with mbuna.


I the black mbamba species females are actually a brown/dark purple at times - but nothing like you'd get with the sp. hara. The male black mbamba's, however, do get a true purple.
User avatar
why_spyder
 
Joined: Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:35 pm
Location: Sioux City, IA

Postby cichlidaholic » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:25 pm

I had a wild group of the Mbamba Nkhata Bay for awhile, but the male looked almost black - he was so dark. The females were a dark brown with a bit of amber in their dorsals, never purple.

You must be talking about a different variant!

Those were nice Cynotilapia, though. The females were more attractive than most.

Kim
110G - Perspicax Red Top Ndumbi, Demasoni, Yellow labs, Metriaclima Callainos

Check out the blog on the home page if you haven't already!!!
User avatar
cichlidaholic
 
Joined: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:48 pm
Location: Western Kentucky

Postby why_spyder » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:36 pm

cichlidaholic wrote:You must be talking about a different variant!


As far as I know - these aren't actually in the "mbamba" group - but they are called Cyno. black mbamba Lupingu. That's as much as I can really tell you about them. As you can see, they really don't look like the "mbamba" group at all as far as dark body with a blaze of some kind. The body shape in the males is about all that is the same - a deep bodied species.

Image
User avatar
why_spyder
 
Joined: Wed Mar 01, 2006 11:35 pm
Location: Sioux City, IA

Postby cichlidaholic » Fri Apr 11, 2008 4:48 pm

Very nice!

Kim
110G - Perspicax Red Top Ndumbi, Demasoni, Yellow labs, Metriaclima Callainos

Check out the blog on the home page if you haven't already!!!
User avatar
cichlidaholic
 
Joined: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:48 pm
Location: Western Kentucky

Postby Sid_P » Sat Apr 12, 2008 8:34 am

I took me nearly 8 months before I could get hold of some Cyno White Top Gallireya's from someone near my area...managed to buy 5 wild-caught..and they were beautiful ...the dom male was the most stunning fish in my main tank...until he was assassinated!! :( though not before fathering some offspring so hopefully soon there will be some look-alikes appearing.
I know have around 20 small white-tops living in and amonst the rocks...they certainly have done a great job surviving in a tank full of large fish... and I'm not looking forward to pulling out my piles of rocks to harvest them all!! What a mission!! :roll:

Highly recommended species to keep!
Sid P
490L
5 C Moorii 6 C Borleyi
9 L Caeruleus 4 Pl Electra
2 Al OB
4 Al Red 5 O Lithobates Zimb
17 Ps Demasoni 2 Pl Milomo
3 Prot sp Taiwan Reef
7 Cyno sp WhiteTop Gallireya
Sid_P
 
Joined: Tue Feb 20, 2007 10:10 am

Previous

Return to Lake Malawi Species

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests