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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    Pundamilia nyererei from Lake Victoria. Photo by Kevin Bauman (CC BY 1.0) . A new report put out by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) has some bad news about Lake Victoria. The lake's native species are no strangers to mass extinctions. The...
  2. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    European Cichlid-Forum members will be glad to know that Aquatis, the largest freshwater aquarium in Europe, has opened its doors this past weekend. Originally envisioned over 15 years ago, the project is finally completed and open to the public, although not all the exhibits are fully stocked...
  3. 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...
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    A 24/7 live stream of the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium. One of the largest aquariums in the world is the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium located in Okinawa, Japan. The aquarium houses over 2.5 million gallons of water in 77 tanks. Visitors are treated to spectacular marine displays and unarguably the...
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    Lake Tanganyika. Photo: NASA The governments of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo have signed an agreement for joint exploration of oil and gas in Lake Tanganyika. It is believed that oil and gas can be found in and around the lake. Gas and oil production is an untapped...
  6. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Oxbow lake, Yasuni. Photo by Geoff Gallice (CC by 2.0) Despite an international effort to protect the Yasuni National Park in Ecuador, oil drilling has begun in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. An initiative to preserve the pristine park began in 2007. Ecuador asked the international community...
  7. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Fish caught with mosquito net. Source RIPPLE Africa Fish Conservation quick guide PDF . RIPPLE Africa is working to ensure the future of fish stocks in Lake Malawi. While preventing the depletion of fish species used for food they are also protecting cichlid species. As over-fishing has led to...
  8. General Aquaria Discussion
    Screen capture from Google Earth of an island off of Kipili in Lake Tanganyika. Google Earth and Maps has recently gotten an image resolution update. Along with the update the service has also made images available without cloud cover. While this isn't exactly cichlid related, having the...
  9. General Aquaria Discussion
    The American Cichlid Association Convention 2016 registration is now open. This year's event will be in Cincinnati, Ohio and hosted by Greater Cincinnati Aquarium Society. The event is still two months away but everyone should start making plans to be in Cincinnati on July 7th - 10th. Scheduled...
  10. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Australian red-claw crawfish. Photo by Department of Fisheries & Allied Aquacultures, Auburn University. There is a new threat to Lake Tanganyika. Invasive crayfish have been making their way toward the lake. When crayfish get into bodies of water for the first time, their impact on the local...
  11. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Lake Poopó in Bolivia. Photo by NASA A depressing article by New Scientist magazine tells the story of vanishing lakes around the world. Pictured above was Bolivia's second largest lake that has recently dried up. Granted Lake Poopó was very shallow and it has dried up before, but this time...
  12. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Cleanup at spill site. Photo via twitter ‏@vozdelatierra Two oil spills have dumped 2000 to 3000 barrels of oil into two separate rivers in the Peruvian Amazon. Both spills occurred within 10 days of each other into tributaries of the Amazon River. This isn't the first time oil has spilled...
  13. General Aquaria Discussion
    Photo by Delvin Gandy/The Boiling River Project A legendary boiling river has been found in the Amazon forest. While there are no cichlids in this river, or probably any fish whatsoever, the story is still interesting. Despite the legends of a boiling river deep in the Amazon jungle...
  14. General Aquaria Discussion
    A short video on the winners of the largest aquascaping competition. Every year hobbyists from around the world create breathtaking aquascapes for the International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest. After watching the video, visit the Aqua Design Amano website to see pictures of the top 27...
  15. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Photo by Chris Bowling; The Daily Nebraskan . This article about cichlid test subjects up for adoption is about 10 days old, but there still might be some left. The Central American predatory cichlids were used to see how their presence would affect the development of platyfish. Once the study...
  16. General Aquaria Discussion
    Crenicichla tuca (top) and Crenicichla tapii (botton). Photo from publication . A recent published paper has described two new Crenicichla species from the Iguazu River in South America. Crenicichla are commonly known as pike cichlids and depending on the species, can range in size from a few...
  17. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Italdraghe harvester to remove water hyacinth from Lake Victoria. Photo from DredgingToday.com An Italdraghe harvester is heading to Lake Victoria to attempt to alleviate some of the problems caused by water hyacinth. As has been reported in this blog, water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is...
  18. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Amazon river heavily loaded with sediment. Photo by NASA Dam construction continues at a fast pace to meet the growing demand for electricity in South America. It is estimated that there are over 400 existing, in construction or planned dams dotting the Amazon river basin. The dangers to the...
  19. General Aquaria Discussion
    Maskaheros argenteus. Formally of Paraneetroplus and Vieja. Photo by Citron / CC-BY-SA-3.0 A recently published article details naming revisions to many popular Central American cichlid species. Using previously compiled DNA sequencing and morphological characters, the study has reclassified...
  20. General Aquaria Discussion
    Scaleless black fish. Photo by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation This fish is definitely not a cichlid, but its discovery along with other unusual fish found in an extinct undersea volcano are worth noting. The discovery of the fish is only part of the story. An...
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