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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    Spathodus marlieri. Photo by Ad konings Goby is a general term for several genus of cichlids from Lake Tanganyika. Gobies have a deflated swim bladder that makes them less buoyant. As a result, they tend to hug the rocks and "hop" around instead of swimming. The goby group is made up of...
  2. General Aquaria Discussion
    Female Neolamprologus caudopunctatus. Photo credit Michael Bernkopf-Vetmeduni Vienna Research in cichlid cannibalism, specifically what triggers a cichlid to go from caregiver to cannibal, was conducted by the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. Some interesting and surprising...
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    Haplotaxodon microlepis. Photo by Ad Konings Found throughout the open waters of Lake Tanganyika, Haplotaxodon microlepis is usually spotted alone or in pairs. Occasionally, schools of H. microlepis have been seen close to rocky shores. A lot about H. microlepis' behavior in the wild is...
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    Limnochromis auritus. Photo by Ad Konings Limnochromis auritus is widely dispersed throughout Lake Tanganyika and found at depths of up to 400 feet. L. auritus feeds primarily on invertebrates living in the fine sand. This species is a mouthbrooder, but one of the handful of species where both...
  5. General Aquaria Discussion
    Xenotilapia boulengeri, Photo by Ad Konings Xenotilapia boulengeri is a bi-parental mouthbrooder found throughout Lake Tanganyika. Their habitat is over the sandy bottom close to rocks. Adult pairs group with other X. boulengeri sifting through sand looking for small crustaceans. Males build...
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    Xenotilapia flavipinnis. Photo by Dave Hansen Xenotilapia flavipinnis is a delicate and peaceful fish found throughout Lake Tanganyika. In the wild, X. flavipinnis spend their time in open water over the sandy bottom where they sift the sand looking for small creatures. This species can be...
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    Eretmodus cyanostictus. Photo by Dave Hansen Happy Father's Day Cichlid-Forum fathers. Thought it would be appropriate to highlight male cichlids that take their parental responsibilities seriously. In most mouthbrooding cichlids, holding the young is something that is only done by the female...
  8. General Aquaria Discussion
    Benitochromis nigrodorsalis. Photo by Dave Hansen Benitochromis nigrodorsalis is found only in a couple areas of western Cameroon, making its home in various rivers and streams. This pair bonding riverine cichlid gets its name from its black dorsal fin which contrasts its lightly colored body...
  9. Lake Tanganyika Species
    Short video of a pair of Eretmodus cyanostictus spawning. This goby from Lake Tanganyika is an ideal addition to aquariums with other herbivorous cichlids like Tropheus and Petrochromis. Eretmodus cyanostictus is a pair bonding bi-parental mouthbrooder with a distinct, comical personality...
  10. Lake Tanganyika Species
    The final episode of the Earthtouch Lake Malawi series is all about mouthbrooding cichlids. The final Cichlid of Lake Malawi episode, like all the others, is full of high quality in-the-wide footage. The episode focuses on mouthbrooding cichlids and the care it provides their young. This...
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