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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    For cichlid hobbyists that collect stamps or even if you are not a stamp collector, cichlids depicted on stamps are fun and interesting. As expected, several African nations put out a variety of stamps with cichlid artwork (just google "cichlid stamps"). Most stamps depict species local to...
  2. General Aquaria Discussion
    Plecodus straeleni teeth. Photo by Ad Konings Pictured above is a closeup view of the specialized teeth of a Plecodus straeleni. The genus' name is derived from Greek and roughly translates to folded teeth. These hook-like teeth are designed to pull scales off of other fish. Scales are the...
  3. General Aquaria Discussion
    Plecodus straeleni. Photo by Ad Konings Plecodus straeleni is another dedicated scale-eating cichlid species from Lake Tanganyika. Not only does most of its diet consists of other fish's scales, P. straeleni's appearance is intended to mimic the less predatory and aggressive Neolamprologus...
  4. General Aquaria Discussion
    A short video showing a feather star swimming. Definitely not a cichlid or even a freshwater creature, but impressive enough to post a video. This is a crinoid and they've been around for at least 300 million years. They are usually found on rocks where they feed on food particles with the...
  5. General Aquaria Discussion
    Perissodus eccentricus. Photo by Ad Konings One of the many scale-eating species from Lake Tanganyika, Perissodus eccentricus is found in deeper waters ranging between 200 to 300 feet. Occasionally, the species has also been seen in the shallows along the southern rocky shores of the lake...
  6. General Aquaria Discussion
    This blog has featured various new tech products. Many are taking advantage of WiFi and digital streaming technologies commonly available today. Some seem practical, while others not so much. One good thing is that as technology becomes more accessible, we are bound to see new items that will...
  7. General Aquaria Discussion
    Pundamilia x Neochromis hybrid cichlid. Photo from publication A recent publication details how a female hybrid cichlid, in this case a cross between a female Pundamilia pundamilia and a male Neochromis omnicaeruleus, developed male reproductive organs and self-fertilized. While very rare...
  8. General Aquaria Discussion
    Julidochromis dickfeldi "midnight blue". Photo by Dave Hansen What appears to be a random mutation led to a uniquely colored Julidochromis dickfeldi. Known in the hobby by a variety of names, but most commonly as "midnight blue", this strain of J. dickfeldi appeared at least 10 years ago. It is...
  9. General Aquaria Discussion
    Etia nguti. Photo by Dave Hansen This West African gem clearly falls into the category of out of the ordinary. Etia nguti was only recently described about 12 years ago after being discovered in Cameroon. Dr. Melanie Stiassny, who coauthored the species' description, has referred to E. nguti as...
  10. General Aquaria Discussion
    Peckoltia greedoi. Photo by J. W. Armbruster. A new species of South American catfish was discovered during a visit to a Brazilian museum over 10 years ago. The discovery was just recently published in a research article. The article included 3 new catfish species, but most notable was one...
  11. General Aquaria Discussion
    Representatives of Anglerfish. Photo from Evolutionary history of anglerfishes . CC BY 2.0 Most people have seen pictures of the Anglerfish. These fish get their name from a modified ray with luminous flesh that they dangle to attract prey. These fish also look very scary with their strange...
  12. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Snailfish. Oceanlab, University of Aberdeen Not a cichlid, not even a freshwater fish, but noteworthy nonetheless. A previously unknown species of Snailfish was captured on camera at a depth of almost 28,000 feet at the bottom of the Mariana Trench. The camera was part of a study to understand...
  13. General Aquaria Discussion
    Teleogramma brichardi. Photo by Dave Hansen Teleogramma brichardi is found in the rapids near Kinsuka in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The fast moving waters of the Congo River lead to some unusual evolutionary traits in fish. T. brichardi, like other rheophilic fish, developed a...
  14. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Rhynchohyalus natalensis has two sets of eyes. What is believed to be a new species of fish has been discovered deep in the Tasman Sea. What makes the new fish unique is that it has two sets of eyes. Rhynchohyalus natalensis, aka glasshead barreleye, uses one set of eyes to watch for predators...
  15. Unidentified Cichlids
    Test your River Monster identification skills with Animal Planet's Name that River Monster quiz. A couple weeks ago we blogged about the marathon of shows that were going to be running. If you had the opportunity to watch the shows or you've always been a big fan of Jeremy Wade and his monster...
  16. Lake Malawi Species
    An interesting article with an equally interesting title. The Angelina Jolie Project touches on two evolutionary topics; evolutionary change and parallel evolution. Axel Meyer, professor at the University of Konstanz, has spent a good part of his career studying fish evolution and sequencing DNA...
  17. Illness, Health & Nutrition
    Ocellated Ice Fish The only captive specimens of the Ocellated Ice Fish are housed in the Tokyo Sea Life Park. Aside from its rarity in captivity, this clear-blooded fish has the distinction of not having hemoglobin. All vertebrates, with the exception of Channichthyids, are supposed to have...
  18. Unidentified Cichlids
    Wow! Stuff iPad Aquarium. Pocket-lint If you need something to help you relax or you just can't be away from your tanks, Wow! Stuff's iPad aquarium might be just what you need. This device, which is currently under development, will turn your iPad into the aquarium you've always wanted; sans...
  19. General Aquaria Discussion
    Bathynomus giganteus The term Giant isopod is used for as many as 20 species of large crustaceans in the Genus Bathynomus. Giant isopods are important scavengers in the deep-sea and are most commonly found 500 to 7000 feet underwater. At these depths, food is scarce and they have adapted to...
  20. General Aquaria Discussion
    We've seen Cyathopharynx furcifer nests, but this mysterious fish nest had scientist baffled. Underwater crop circles. World Mysteries and Bristol University Discovered by Yoji Ookata off the coast of Japan, this 6-foot wide mysterious fish nest caused quite a stir. Not only was the pattern...
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