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  1. Aquarium Setup
    Have a 75g sitting empty and been wanting to start a mbuna tank. I thought my LFS would be a good place to start since they carry a ton of cichlids and the store owner seemed knowledgeable. I wanted to walk out of the store with some substrate to start and was recommended CaribSea Eco-Complete...
  2. General Aquaria Discussion
    Petrotilapia sp. "mumbo yellow". Photo by Ad Konings Found in the waters around Mumbo Island in southern Lake Malawi, Petrotilapia sp. "mumbo yellow" is a large and colorful mbuna. Like other Petrotilapia, this species can reach lengths of 7 inches, which is unusual for most mbuna. P. sp...
  3. General Aquaria Discussion
    Petrotilapia genalutea. Photo by Ad Konings Found in shallow waters where rocks are abundant, Petrotilapia genalutea feeds on algae and small organisms it finds living within the algae. Males can be very territorial, claiming an area to themselves and keeping other males and females out...
  4. General Aquaria Discussion
    Petrotilapia ***** from Lake Malawi. Photo by Ad Konings Rarely seen in the hobby, Petrotilapia ***** is a cichlid that has only been found in four isolated locations of southern Lake Malawi. The genus Petrotilapia is known for including some of the largest mbuna. Some species in the genus...
  5. 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...
  6. General Aquaria Discussion
    Cynotilapia zebroides Magunga. Photo be Greg Steeves Cynotilapia zebroides is the species name for most of the fish once known as Cynotilapia afra. Just like C. afra, C. zebroides has many location variants displaying different color schemes. Most are light blue with either black or dark blue...
  7. General Aquaria Discussion
    Tropheops macrophthalmus. Photo by Ad Konings Tropheops macrophthalmus, formerly Pseudotropheus macrophthalmus, can be found in several locations throughout Lake Malawi. Despite being widespread, the largest concentrations are found on the eastern shores of Mozambique and Tanzania. Like other...
  8. General Aquaria Discussion
    Tropheops sp. "Boadzulu" Makokola Reef. Photo by Ad Konings Tropheops sp. "Boadzulu" Makokola Reef is another example of the colorful and varied Lake Malawi mbuna. T. sp "Boadzulu" isn't a recognized species and as such there is some confusion in hobby. The image above is sometimes used when...
  9. General Aquaria Discussion
    Pseudotropheus demasoni. Photo by Dave Hansen A popular and easily recognizable Pseudotropheus demasoni is a favorite of Lake Malawi mbuna aficionados. The well defined black and blue bars of both males and females make them an attractive fish. Originally described by Ad Konings in 1994 and...
  10. General Aquaria Discussion
    Chindongo bellicosus, formerly Pseudotropheus sp. "Elongatus Aggressive". Photo by Ad Konings A new Lake Malawi mbuna genus has been described and several other species of mbuna have been reclassified. A recent publication by Ad Konings, Shan Li and Jay Stauffer describe a new genus in Lake...
  11. General Aquaria Discussion
    Cynotilapia aurifrons Mphanga Rocks. Photo by Greg Steeves Cynotilapia aurifrons Mphanga Rocks is a variant of C. aurifrons from the Mphanga Rocks area of Lake Malawi. The different locations and variants of C. aurifrons show slight color differences. Male Mphanga Rocks variants show a little...
  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
    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...
  14. General Aquaria Discussion
    Another great in the wild video from African Cichlid Hub. This time the footage is from the waters surrounding Masimbwe Island, 30+ minutes of HD goodness. If you've been following the blog, it will come as no surprise that I'm a big fan of in the wild videos. Seeing cichlids in their natural...
  15. Lake Malawi Species
    Tank of Merit July 2014 by Iggy Newcastle The latest Tank of Merit was submitted by Iggy Newcastle. Iggy's tank is titled Malawi 'Deep' and is an effort to recreate the rock biotype of Lake Malawi. The tank is inhabited by several mbuna species and looks like it is non-stop action. Biotype...
  16. Lake Malawi Species
    Labidochromis caeruleus, aka yellow labs. Photo by Robert De Leon Just a little over a week ago we posted a blog about a study of fish intelligence. Now it appears some scientists from MacEwan University in Canada have done some experiments on cichlid intelligence. The experiments were...
  17. Lake Malawi Species
    Melanochromis wochepa formally M. dialeptos. Photo by Ad Konings There have been changes in the classification of many mbuna species. Over the next few weeks you'll see some major updates to Cichlid-Forum's mbuna profiles. The fish pictured above is just one example. For a long time it was...
  18. General Aquaria Discussion
    Cave of the Cichids is another great, quality video from EarthTouch. In this episode we get a great view of some of the caves at Otter Point in Lake Malawi and the cichlids that live within them. According to the narrator, cichlids that make their homes within the caves are more colorful to make...
  19. General Aquaria Discussion
    httpv://youtu.be/h1-rDrtK9rE A recent diving video in Lake Malawi. There is no mention of the location within the lake. Wherever it is, it's rocky with tons of mbuna.
  20. Lake Tanganyika Species
    This video shows a great technique for getting Tropheus to feed like they do in the wild. It probably also works for other grazing cichlids like mbuna. What this hobbyist did was pull a flat rock from his tank and while it was wet, sprinkled it with spirulina flakes. When the rock dries, the...
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