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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    Petrochromis famula. Photo by Ad Konings In a genus of aggressive fish, Petrochromis famula is said to be a less aggressive species. Not as aggressive as other Petrocromis doesn't mean much considering the genus' overall intolerance of other Petrochormis. Found primarily in the northern part...
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    Sciaenochromis sp. "nyassae". Photo by Ad Konings Sciaenochromis sp. "nyassae" is a Lake Malawi predatory cichlid, closely related to the popular Sciaenochromis fryeri. S. sp. nyassae is found in the southern part of the lake in the intermediate zone between rocks and sand. Here it spends its...
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    Paracyprichromis brieni. Photo by Ad Konings A shoaling cichlid found throughout Lake Tanganyika, Paracyprichromis brieni is closely related to Paracyprichromis nigripinnis and the more commonly known Cyprichromis species. P. brieni prefers deeper waters but will stay close to rocks. Males...
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    Nimbochromis polystigma. Photo by Ad Konings Nimbochromis polystigma is a piscivore found throughout Lake Malawi. Its preferred habitat are areas with a mix of rocks and sand that support vegetation. In this biotype N. polystigma hunts in groups or individually. When alone, N. polystigma can...
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    Crenicichla dandara, female (A) and juvenile (B). Photos by Oliver Lucanus/Publication Formerly known as Crenicichla sp. 'Xingu III', the newest described pike cichlid has been named Crenicichla dandara. This species is a member of the lugubris group, the largest-sized pike cichlids. C. dandara...
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    Aulonocara aquilonium. Photo by Ad Konings Not often seen in the hobby, Aulonocara aquilonium has only been found in the waters off of Mdoka in northwestern Lake Malawi. Mature males have light blue coloration on the face and the fins have distinctive black edges. A. aquilonium live over sandy...
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    Petrochromis sp. kasumbe. Photo by Ad Konings When it comes to being large and very aggressive, the Petrochromis genus arguably is the clear winner from Lake Tanganyika. While some species of Petrochromis are only about 6 inches in length, others can reach well over a foot. Despite their size...
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    Aulonocara ethelwynnae. Photo by Ad Konings Found only around Chitende Island in northern Lake Malawi, Aulonocara ethelwynnae has been in the hobby for some time. Most often found under the common names that describe its collection point: Chitande Aulonocara and Northern Aulonocara. A...
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    Pundamilia nyererei "Makobe Island". Photo by Robert De Leon A new article has been added to this site's library. Written by Greg Steeves, the article gives some insight on what it takes to successfully keep, breed and raise Pundamilia nyererei "Makobe Island". Greg is a frequent contributor to...
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    Coptodon bakossiorum. Photo by Dave Hansen Coptodon bakossiorum, formerly known as Tilapia bakossiorum, is a rare cichlid endemic to the crater Lake Bermin. Like other crater lakes in Cameroon, Lake Bermin is one of the many in the region susceptible to CO2 "burping". CO2 releases like in Lake...
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    Neolamprologus leleupi. Photo by Dave Hansen Neolamprologus leleupi is found throughout rocky areas of Lake Tanganyika, making their home in small caves and crevices. N. leleupi feeds on invertebrates found in the rocks and surrounding areas. Depending on their collection point, the color...
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    Pundamilia sp. "red head". Photo by Greg Steeves Pundamilia sp. "red head" is another colorful species from Lake Victoria that has yet to be officially described. Surprisingly, this species hasn't gained much popularity in the hobby. Its bright red coloration and relatively mild temperament...
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    Placidochromis sp. "phenochilus Tanzania". Photo credit: Placidochromis phenochilus.jpg , © MdE at Wikimedia Commons, GFDL 1.2+ or CC-BY-SA 3.0 Placidochromis sp. "phenochilus Tanzania" is a unique fish found along the Tanzanian coast of northern Lake Malawi. Commonly known as the Star...
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    A short video and species description by Greg Steeves of the Lake Victoria snail eating cichlid Platytaeniodus sp. "red tail sheller". Originally found throughout Lake Victoria, Platytaeniodus sp. "red tail sheller" is one of the many species that has suffered from the introduction of the...
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    Chindongo (Pseudotropheus) demasoni. Photo by Dave Hansen Water quality, adequate diet and quarantine tanks help reduce the chances of illness, but sometimes your fishes get sick. Hobbyists rarely think about fish diseases until something goes wrong. However, good cichlid health can sometimes...
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    A great video on Tom's Tanganyika channel showing a pair of Cyprichromis leptosoma Utinta spawning. Found throughout Lake Tanganyika in its many variants, Cyprichromis leptosoma form large schools numbering into the thousands. C. leptosoma spend their adult life in open water. Males will...
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    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...
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    Eretmodus sp. "cyanostictus north". Photo by Dave Hansen An article on Eretmodus sp. "cyanostictus north" has been added to the library. New pictures and the author's experience with the species help show some of the character and interesting behavior of this pair-bonding bi-parental...
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    Fossorochromis rostratus. Photo by Elizabeth Steffen (CC BY-SA 4.0) Fossorochromis rostratus is a large carnivorous cichlid from Lake Malawi. Commonly known as the Malawi sand diver, F. rostratus will bury itself in the sand when startled. Found in shallow waters over sandy bottoms, F...
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    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...
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