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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
    Mbipia sp. "porthole". Photo by Greg Steeves Originally collected from Yala Swamp on the northeast shores of Lake Victoria, Mbipia sp. "porthole" made its appearance in the hobby over 10 years ago. References to this Mbipia species variant go back even further. It gained some popularity among...
  3. General Aquaria Discussion
    Astatotilapia aeneocolor. Photo by Dave Hansen A new article on Astatotilapia aeneocolor by Greg Steeves has been added to the site's library. Originally found in Lake George and Kazinga Channel, this Lake Victoria Basin species spends most of it's time feeding along the papyrus reeds, while...
  4. General Aquaria Discussion
    Pseudocrenilabrus pyrrhocaudalis. Photo from article - A new species of Pseudocrenilabrus (Perciformes: Cichlidae) from Lake Mweru in the Upper Congo River System A new species found in Lake Mweru has been described. Lake Mweru is southwest of Lake Tanganyika and forms part of the upper Congo...
  5. General Aquaria Discussion
    'Lamprologus' brevis male and female. Photo by Dave Hansen Another interesting shelldweller species from Lake Tanganyika is the 'Lamprologus' brevis. What these little fish lack in size they make up for in behavior and attitude. In the wild, 'L' brevis is widely distributed throughout the lake...
  6. General Aquaria Discussion
    The rumors and speculation can finally be put to rest. Cichlids of Africa Volume II is finally out and a limited amount copies are available before full distribution is set up in the U.S. The book is available in Europe directly from one of the authors, Anton Lamboj. In the U.S., the book is...
  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
    'Lamprologus' sp. "Ornatipinnis Zambia". Photo by Dave Hansen 'Lamprologus' sp. "Ornatipinnis Zambia" is one of the wonderful species of shell dwelling cichlids from Lake Tanganyika. Shell dwellers make their homes in empty Neothauma tanganyicense shells. The shells offer shell dwelling...
  9. General Aquaria Discussion
    Steatocranus irvinei. Photo by Dave Hansen Often referred to as the blue-lipped blockhead, Steatocranus irvinei isn't often seen in the hobby. Originally from the Volta River Basin in Ghana, this West African cichlid is very drab. Despite the lack of color, many Steatocranus fans find beauty...
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    Prognathochromis sp. "silver stiletto". Photo by Dave Hansen Prognathochromis sp. "silver stiletto" is a predator from Lake Nawampassa in the Lake Victoria Basin. Using its slender body, the "silver stiletto" will lie in wait among the reeds and quickly ambush unsuspecting fish. In the...
  11. General Aquaria Discussion
    Neochromis sp. "madonna". Photo by Dave Hansen Another out of the ordinary fish from the Lake Victoria Basin. Neochromis sp. "madonna" is native to Lake Kyoga, which is north of Lake Victoria. Lake Kyoga is an unusual lake. Despite covering 660 square miles, its maximum depth is around 6 feet...
  12. 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...
  13. General Aquaria Discussion
    Great video from the Chester Zoo showing the rare Sarotherodon lohbergeri with a mouthful of eggs. Sarotherodon lohbergeri is one of those species of cichlids that isn't seen in the hobby very often. Like the other species of cichlids from Lake Barombi Mbo, S. lohbergeri comes from an...
  14. General Aquaria Discussion
    Haplochromis cyaneus. Photo by Greg Steeves Haplochromis cyaneus, originally known as Haplochromis sp. "blue rockpicker", was found in the southeastern part of Lake Victoria. The collection points for this fish was around Makobe Island. Unfortunately, like many species from Lake Tanganyika, H...
  15. Aquarium Setup
    Mbipia lutea. Photo by Dave Hansen. An interesting article has been added to the library section. The article, titled Mbipia lutea, tells of how a huge fan of Lake Victoria cichlids came across and managed to identify a species that had only recently been described. Greg Steeves is know in the...
  16. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    A new article has been added to the cichlid conservation section of the library. The article titled C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program, highlights a program which all cichlid hobbyists should be involved. The best part of the program is that you can participate by keeping fish in your tanks. The...
  17. General Aquaria Discussion
    Exochochromis anagenys. Photo by Ad Konings Exochochromis anagenys is a predatory cichlid from Lake Malawi. The nickname "Three Spot Torpedo" accurately describes its shape and markings. Its genus name is widely misspelled as Exochromis. Exochochromis anagenys' shape and mouth scream predator...
  18. General Aquaria Discussion
    Tropheus moorii Isanga OB. Photo by Ad Konings Tropheus moorii Isanga is one of the few species of Tropheus from Lake Tanganyika that comes in the orange blotch color pattern. This out of the ordinary OB Tropheus is sought after by enthusiasts, but its availability is limited and often...
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    Neochromis omnicaeruleus Makobe Island. Photo by Don Greg Steeves. Another great Lake Victoria species article courtesy of Don Greg Steeves has been added to the Species Profiles section. Neochromis omnicaeruleus is an interestingly colored cichlid found in several locations in Lake Victoria...
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    A show tank that not only looks beautiful but also demonstrates how best to keep several aggressive species of Lake Malawi mbuna together. Years ago I learned a hard lesson about keeping mbuna. While many species of mbuna are relatively small, often they are also very aggressive. Case in...
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