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  1. The C.A.R.E.S. Preservation Program
    The Ohio Cichlid Association is holding their annual Extravaganza on November 17-19, 2017 in Strongsville, Ohio. This will be the club's 23 year of cichlids and catfish. The event will include lectures, fish show competition, swap meet, and auction. Various speakers are schedule to appear...
  2. 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...
  3. General Aquaria Discussion
    The Species Profiles section is adding new content! Over that last couple months, many new images have been added to the already great catalog of images. There have also been some corrections to reflect reclassification of species and all new profiles. These changes happen periodically and here...
  4. General Aquaria Discussion
    Zetlight, the makers of a variety of aquarium lighting products, is coming out with an aquarium Wi-Fi camera. Currently, the Zetlight Cam doesn't appear to be available for purchase, but it shouldn't be long before it is. Most of the marketing is geared toward reef aquariums, but that doesn't...
  5. General Aquaria Discussion
    Female Cynotilapia sp. "hara" holding her fry. Photo by T. Montgomery (GTZ) Some great photography can be found in the forum. A great example is a topic by our own GTZ showing some closeups of mbuna and Tropheus. The topic titled "Some Pics" not only has many detailed photos, but as the topic...
  6. General Aquaria Discussion
    Cyphotilapia gibberosa Mikula. Photo by Russ Fairburn (aka Razzo) Over the last few years a new variant of Cyphotilapia gibberosa has become available as wild specimens are imported and hobbyists have been breeding them. The variant known as Cyphotilapia gibberosa Mikula gets its name from its...
  7. 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...
  8. Aquarium Setup
    A new photography article helps hobbyists understand the basic elements of photography for getting great fish pictures. Frank Mueller explains how aperture, shutter speed and sensor sensitivity work together in his article Getting Sharp Aquarium Photos By Understanding Exposure. Many people take...
  9. 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...
  10. General Aquaria Discussion
    Photo by Gerry Verrier In the past we've blogged about aquarium photography tips by various photographers. Unfortunately, many experienced photographers tend to gloss over the basics. For those of us who aren't versed in the finer points of digital photography (or photography in general), the...
  11. Lake Malawi Species
    The Labidochromis profiles have received a much needed update. Around 30 different species and variants have been added, including all in the wild photos! Most hobbyists know the popular Labidochromis caeruleus. Its striking yellow body contrasted by the black fins make an excellent addition to...
  12. General Aquaria Discussion
    Pale Wind, Takayuki Fukada. Japan. 2013 IAPLC Gold Prize The International Aquatic Plants Layout Contest (IAPLC) holds an annual competition to determine the best aquascapes in the world. The 2013 results are out, and everyone is a winner. The participants in this competition take their art...
  13. Unidentified Cichlids
    Bioluminescent phytoplankton in Maldives beach. Photo by Will Ho. We reported on bioluminescent phytoplankton that appeared in Australia a year ago and now it's back. This time the phytoplankton bloomed on the beaches of the Maldives Islands in the Indian Ocean. Photographer Will Ho captured...
  14. General Aquaria Discussion
    The other day I stumbled on some unique cichlid art and thought I would share it with other cichlid fans. A South African artist by the name of Lucas Grant paints cichlids and other creatures on old dictionary pages creating these out of the ordinary works. Lucas not only does paintings, but is...
  15. General Aquaria Discussion
    Started over a year ago, the Cichlid Guessing Game topic is still going strong. If you think you have what it takes to identify cichlids, stump the rest of us or just want to see what unusual cichlids other members keep, stop by and check it out. The topic creator, bernie comeau, kicked off...
  16. General Aquaria Discussion
    Altolamprologus compressiceps Muzi gold head. Photo by Razzo (Russ F.) Altolamprologus compressiceps Muzi gold head is one of the many variants of A. compressiceps from Lake Tanganyika. This predator has an easily identifiable laterally compressed body and sloping forehead. Although similar in...
  17. Unidentified Cichlids
    Clean your glass, charge your batteries and start clicking. Omega One, makers of a variety of fish food products, is having their 3rd annual photo contest. For a chance to win, submit your 3 best fish photos in high resolution JPG format to [email protected] Finalists will receive a...
  18. General Aquaria Discussion
    Photo by Kyle Ford, popphoto.com Next time you visit a public aquarium, don't go home with the same, bland photos. Make sure you come prepared with some aquarium photography tips and get a spectacular photo. Although we have some nice articles on how to photograph your fish at home in the...
  19. General Aquaria Discussion
    bolly12345 has put together a video displaying some of his cichlid photography. Most of them are mbuna with a few haps and peacocks thrown in. He also has over 100 plus videos covering everything from setting up aquariums, maintenance, breeding and how to take better fish pictures. For more...
  20. General Aquaria Discussion
    Discus Scales, Dr. Havi Sarfaty Nikon's Small World competition showcases the beauty and complexity of like as seen through a microscope. Above is the 2009, 6th place photograph by Dr. Havi Sarfaty of discus scales. Other photographs include a fish louse, fish scale mounts and fish embryos. For...
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