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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    A short video of a pair of Paretroplus maculatus digging out a pit. The video come from the africancichlids2010 Youtube channel. The video was taken at the San Antonio Zoo. Paretroplus maculatus, with its distinctive black spot, was originally found in several locations in northwestern...
  2. General Aquaria Discussion
    Young Katria katria. Photo by Dave Hansen. Endemic to the Nosivolo River in Eastern Madagascar, Katria katria is a species not often seen in the hobby. Originally classified as Ptychochromoides katria, K. katria was given its own genus in 2006. Males can grow up to 6 inches and will develop a...
  3. General Aquaria Discussion
    Haplochromis sp. "KK Beach". Photo by Greg Steeves The Hill Country Cichlid Club will be hosing a very special meeting on April 23rd. Guest speaker will be Jose Gonzales and will probably involve Madagascar cichlids and/or endangered species. That is not all, the HCCC meeting will also include...
  4. General Aquaria Discussion
    Ptychochromis mainty from southeastern Madagascar has been described in a recent publication by Magnolia Press. Unfortunately, the article is behind yet another paywall. The first page of the article can be found HERE and some more information about P. mainty can be found on the One species a...
  5. General Aquaria Discussion
    Paretroplus kieneri. Photo by Dave Hansen This uniquely colored cichlid can be found in the rivers and lakes of western Madagascar. Like many species from Madagascar, Paretroplus kieneri has not broken into the mainstream of the cichlid hobby where east African and New World species dominate...
  6. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Ptychochromis insolitus (London Zoo) Seven months ago a worldwide search was on to find a mate for what was believed to be the last two males of an endangered Madagascar cichlid. Ptychochromis insolitus, affectionally called "gorgeously ugly" by zookeepers, was believed extinct in the wild as a...
  7. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Terrific video with a dramatic score of a pair of Paretroplus menarambo spawning. The video goes into great detail showing the actual egg laying and eventually the free swimming fry. Make sure to watch it all. You won't be disappointed. Paretroplus menarambo is an endangered cichlid from the...
  8. General Aquaria Discussion
    Paratilapia polleni. Photo by MidgleyDJ Paratilapia polleni is one of the cichlid species from Madagascar. Like other cichlids, P. polleni will excavate a pit in order to spawn. Here is where P. polleni differentiates itself from other egg layers. Its eggs aren't sticky so they wont adhere to a...
  9. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    Paretroplus maculatus. Photo by Paul Loiselle A collecting expedition to Madagascar by John S. Sparks, curator of ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History, resulted in some disappointing results. Native cichlids, even the most common species, were hard to find in several bodies of...
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