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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    A short video showing a feather star swimming. Definitely not a cichlid or even a freshwater creature, but impressive enough to post a video. This is a crinoid and they've been around for at least 300 million years. They are usually found on rocks where they feed on food particles with the...
  2. General Aquaria Discussion
    An amazing video of the Liquid Rainbow River of Colombia by Ivan Mikolji. The Liquid Rainbow River, or Caño Cristales, runs through an isolated mountain range in the center of Colombia. For a brief period each year the river explodes with colors ranging from reds, pinks and yellows thanks to...
  3. General Aquaria Discussion
    A video showing the first release of Melanochromis chipokae at Chidunga Rock. The video shows Pierre le Roux releasing 68 Melanochromis chipokae he raised into waters where they have almost disappeared. The video was taken by le Roux's son, Jean. The release was made possible by donations to...
  4. General Aquaria Discussion
    A great in the wild video by Adrian Indermaur showing a pair of Coptodon thysi guarding their fry. Lake Bermin is a small volcanic lake in the Southwestern region of Cameroon. Despite measuring only 700 meters in diameter, it is home to nine endemic cichlid species. How such a small lake...
  5. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    A short video in the waters around Nakantenga Island in Lake Malawi. The video was taken just this year by Pam Chin. Pam is well known around the hobby. She is an Honorary Life Member of the Pacific Coast Cichlid Association and has served on the American Cichlid Association's board. Pam...
  6. 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...
  7. General Aquaria Discussion
    The fifth edition of Malawi Cichlids in their Natural Habitat is now available. Through every edition, Ad Konings' books have been a great resource for both beginner and advanced hobbyists. A review of the 4th edition by Peter Hofman can be found in the library. The latest edition of Malawi...
  8. General Aquaria Discussion
    Tyrannochromis macrostoma in the wild. Photo by Ad Konings Commonly known as the big-mouth hap, Tyrannochromis macrostoma is widespread throughout Lake Malawi. Adults can be found in deeper shores along rocky areas. T. macrostoma is a piscivore and mbuna are what is usually on the menu...
  9. General Aquaria Discussion
    A short video from LightSearch showing the boulder-filled waters of southern Lake Tanganyika. The vast differences of habitats in Lake Tanganyika almost make it seem as if they couldn't belong in the same lake. This lake has everything from endless sandy terrains to rocky cliffs, or in the...
  10. General Aquaria Discussion
    A great hour-long dive video in the waters off of Chizumulu Island in Lake Malawi. For Malawi cichlid fans, the name Chizumulu should ring a bell. There are many species in the hobby today that were originally collected from around Chizumulu Island including mbuna, peacocks and haps. While...
  11. General Aquaria Discussion
    A great in the wild Callochromis macrops courtship video. Callochromis macrops makes its home along the shallow sandy bottoms of southern Lake Tanganyika. As seen in the video above, C. macrops will dig small depressions in the sand for spawning. If given enough space and the right...
  12. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Hypsophrys nicaraguensis. Photo from publication . A recent study in crater lakes of Nicaragua revealed details of how different cichlid colors play a role in aggression levels and why some colors may be rarer than others. The focus of the study revolved around Hypsophrys nicaraguensis and...
  13. General Aquaria Discussion
    A short video of a dive in Lake Malawi. Video's author describes the location as Nakatenga Rock. Possibly Nakantenga Island in the southwest part of the lake? Regardless of the location, the footage shows just how many different types of cichlids, especially mbuna, inhabit the large rocks...
  14. General Aquaria Discussion
    A short video on west African cichlids. It appears to be promoting a west African cichlid event held last year. Normally Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika footage get all the attention. However, there is a video out there that is perfect for fans of west African cichlids. Above is what I assume...
  15. General Aquaria Discussion
    Another great video from African Cichlid Hub. This one is from Ndumbi Rocks in Lake Malawi. Ndumbi Rocks is a location just north of Likoma Island. If Ndumbi and Likoma sound familiar, it's because there are several cichlid species that carry one of those names as a variant or collection...
  16. Lake Tanganyika Species
    A short video of some of the cichlids of Ndole Bay in Lake Tanganyika. This video of Ndole Bay was captured by LightSearch3D, the same people who put together the Battle of the Shells documentary. According to the video's description, all the scenes take place just a few yards into the water...
  17. Lake Tanganyika Species
    A great video showing an Aulonocranus trying to fend off an Oreochromis that has taken an interest in his pit. Male Aulonocranus will build pits in order to attract potential spawning females. In this video, a young Oreochromis seems to have decided he likes the pit as well. Oreochromis are...
  18. Lake Malawi Species
    Taeniolethrinops laticeps builds pit shaped bowers. Photo by Ad Konings. Another study was recently published about cichlid bowers. This study, titled "Evolution of bower building in Lake Malawi cichlid fish: phylogeny, morphology, and behavior", tries to determine why some cichlids from Lake...
  19. General Aquaria Discussion
    Screen capture from the reeds and silt video. An interesting video of a biotope that doesn't get much attention. The reeds and silt areas along some shores of Lake Tanganyika are a contrast to the rocky or sandy areas we are all use to seeing. Despite the differences, some of the species often...
  20. Lake Tanganyika Species
    Tanganyika Cichlids in their natural habitat 3rd Edtion The much anticipated third edition of Tanganyika Cichlids in their natural habitat by Ad Konings is finally here. It has been over 15 years since the last edition and there have been many changes. The third edition includes over 1200...
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