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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    Lates niloticus (Nile Perch). Photo by smudger888 (CC BY 2.0) The introduction of the Nile Perch (Lates niloticus) into Lake Victoria resulted in the devastation of the local ecosystem. The native Haplochromine species became food for the large, fast growing and aggressive new species...
  2. General Aquaria Discussion
    Some of the many haplochromine species An interesting article by Les Kaufman on the importance of biodiversity for an ecosystem's resilience. Kaufman is a professor of biology at Boston University. He has been interested in cichlids since he was a student at Johns Hopkins University. Les...
  3. Aquarium Setup
    Lithochromis rufus from Mwanza. Photo by Don Greg Steeves A new article has been added to the Library highlighting some of the "Haplochromines" that have become available in the hobby. Despite most of the attention on Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika cichlids, Lake Victoria Basin cichlids have...
  4. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    While cruising the interwebs looking for some Lake Victoria fish pictures I came across this image. Could this be the cover of the followup to Cichlids of Africa Volume I: Haplochromines? The original book was reviewed by Ken Boorman and his entire review can be found HERE. According to Ken's...
  5. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Egg-spots on Astatotilapia burtoni. We've all seen egg-spots on mouth-brooding cichlids, particularly on male haplochromines. The assumption has always been that the egg-spots spur the female cichlid to "pick up" the eggs and as a result, fertilize the eggs in her mouth. However a new study has...
  6. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Haplochromine by Andrea Reid Despite the mass extinctions caused by the introduction of the Nile perch into Lake Victoria, some haplochromines species have managed to survive by living in the lake's most inhospitable areas. By escaping to the low oxygen and highly acidic waters surrounding...
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