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  1. 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...
  2. General Aquaria Discussion
    A video of a pair of Tropheus sp. black Bulu Point spawning by PISCES. Breeding cichlids in your aquarium is one of the most interesting aspects of the hobby. Properly preparing and understanding your fish's needs will improve the chances of successfully spawning and subsequently raising the...
  3. Lake Tanganyika Species
    An unusual aquarium design by Zoo Med may open up new possibilities for breeders or those looking to maximize their tank's footprint. At only 10 inches tall, Zoo Med's Low Boy Aquarium is billed as a breeder tank (50 gallons - 48" x 24" x 10"). Its low height will make it easy to stack multiple...
  4. General Aquaria Discussion
    A great video showing a pair of Red Spotted Severum spawning. Video courtesy of Jim Cumming The Red Spotted Severum is variant of Heros efasciatus, not a Heros severus. More specifically, the Red Spotted variant is a line bred Gold Severum for the red coloration. The different color variants...
  5. General Aquaria Discussion
    Julidochromis regani. Photo by Regani One of the larger species of Julidochromis from Lake Tanganyika is the Julidochromis regani. Although they are said to grow quite large in the wild, their maximum size is the aquarium is around 6 inches. The other Julidochromis species tend to spend all...
  6. General Aquaria Discussion
    A short video by Thomas Jetter showing a pair of Uaru amphiacanthoides guarding their fry. Native to Brazil and Guyana, Uaru amphiacanthoides makes its home in both brackish and freshwater rivers and streams. In the wild U. amphiacanthoides feeds on both plant matter and crustaceans, but does...
  7. General Aquaria Discussion
    Metriaclima lanisticola. Photo by Frank Mueller (fmueller) Metriaclima lanisticola is a species of shell dwelling cichlids that make their home in Lake Malawi, not Lake Tanganyika. The naming of these species has undergone some changes over the years including Pseudotrophues, Maylandia, and...
  8. General Aquaria Discussion
    Paracyprichromis nigripinnis. Photo by Ad Konings Just this week we did an out-of-the-ordinary profile on Paracyprichromis nigripinnis. While doing the blog, I noticed that there wasn't much information about this species. Most web searches turned up very basic info without first-hand...
  9. Lake Tanganyika Species
    Altolamprologus compressiceps pair. Photo by Russ Fairburn. Altolamprologus is a Genus of cichlids from Lake Tanganyika comprised of two species; calvus and compressiceps. Their appearance is rather unique among cichlids with their laterally compressed body and upturned snout. Make no mistake...
  10. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Terrific video with a dramatic score of a pair of Paretroplus menarambo spawning. The video goes into great detail showing the actual egg laying and eventually the free swimming fry. Make sure to watch it all. You won't be disappointed. Paretroplus menarambo is an endangered cichlid from the...
  11. General Aquaria Discussion
    A breeding pair of Cichlasoma dimerus looking after their many fry. This South American cichlid can be found in the Paraguay-Paraná River System. This river system flows through various countries including Brazil, Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina. Cichlasoma dimerus appears to breed easily...
  12. Lake Tanganyika Species
    The Princess of Lake Tanganyika (Neolamprologus pulcher), a cichlid fish which is popular in home aquariums, are cooperatively breeding fish with a dominant breeding pair and several 'helper' fish that do not normally breed but instead assist with raising offspring. Helpers also play a crucial...
  13. General Aquaria Discussion
    Cichlids from Madagascar don't always get much love so here is a video showing two different species, Ptychochromis oligacanthus and Ptychochromis grandidieri. Each pair is guarding eggs or fry. You can also see a third species, Paratilapia polleni, for a brief moment in the background. All...
  14. General Aquaria Discussion
    Video showing a breeding pair of Cichlasoma dimerus taking care of their fry.
  15. Lake Tanganyika Species
    httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB6qmpzYcKs This is a great video showing the breeding process from venting all the way to growing out the fry. It also shows egg stripping and tumbling.
  16. General Aquaria Discussion
    Astatotilapia burtoni / Karen Maruska A study of Astatotilapia burtoni mating has turned up some interesting findings related to sound and its role in matchmaking. Apparently color and dominance aren't the only factors in choosing a mate. Take a look at the article in Natural History Magazine...
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