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  1. General Aquaria Discussion
    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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    Female Pelvicachromis sacrimontis. Photo by Mummymonkey , (CC BY-SA 4.0) Found somewhere in southeastern Nigeria, the exact collection points of Pelvicachromis sacrimontis are unknown. Originally thought to be a variant of Pelvicachromis pulcher, P. sacrimontis is its own species. Reaching 4...
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    Thysochromis ansorgii. Photo by Dave Hansen Found in many locations throughout West Africa, Thysochromis ansorgii is both at home moving or swampy waters. T. ansorgii is a pair-bonding cichlid that prefers cave-like locations to spawn. Sometimes commonly called the five-spot cichlid, it is not...
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    Benitochromis batesii. Photo by Dave Hansen Not often seen in the hobby, Benitochromis batesii inhabits various rivers and lakes from southwestern Cameroon to northern Gabon. These fish don't get much larger than 3-4" and males and females look very similar. B. batesii shares the same type of...
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    Unknown Thoracochromis species. Photo by Greg Steeves Arriving in a shipment of wild fish from West Africa over 10 years ago, this unknown Thoracochromis species has flourished in a hobbyist's tanks. Despite help from Dr. Loiselle and Anton Lamboj, this species could not be identified by name...
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    Nanochromis teugelsi. Photo from publication A new species, Nanochromis teugelsi, from the Kasai River area in DR Congo has been described by Anton Lamboj and Robert Schelly. Published in Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, the article can be found on the Researchgate.net website. From...
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    A great in the wild video by Adrian Indermaur showing a pair of Coptodon thysi guarding their fry. Lake Bermin is a small volcanic lake in the Southwestern region of Cameroon. Despite measuring only 700 meters in diameter, it is home to nine endemic cichlid species. How such a small lake...
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    Steatocranus gibbiceps. Photo by Dave Hansen Steatocranus gibbiceps is one of a handful of described species in the Steatocranus genus. The genus has been under revision for some time and there is still some confusion of what species are included. S. gibbiceps was first described in 1899...
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    Steatocranus tinanti. Photo by Dave Hansen Found in the area of Malebo (Stanley) Pool, Steatocranus tinanti sports the body of a fish born for fast moving waters. Its sleek, elongated body and reduced swim bladder allow it to "hop" along the river's bottom without being swept away by the Congo...
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    Benitochromis ufermanni. Photo by Dave Hansen Benitochromis ufermanni can be found in various rivers and streams around Korup National Park in Cameroon. B. ufermanni is a small cichlid. The largest males rarely reach 4 inches in length. In the wild B. ufermanni feeds on both plant matter...
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    Pseudocrenilabrus pyrrhocaudalis. Photo from article - A new species of Pseudocrenilabrus (Perciformes: Cichlidae) from Lake Mweru in the Upper Congo River System A new species found in Lake Mweru has been described. Lake Mweru is southwest of Lake Tanganyika and forms part of the upper Congo...
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    Chromidotilapia guntheri with fry. Photo by Michael Negrini CC BY-SA 3.0 . Chromidotilapia guntheri is a unique cichlid with widespread distribution along the coastal basin of West Africa. There is also a critically endangered subspecies, C. guntheri loennbergi, found in and around the...
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    Thoracochromis demeusii. Photo by Dave Hansen A fish rarely found in the hobby, Thoracochromis demeusii comes from the lower Congo River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Males develop a hump on their head as they mature, but nothing as large as Cyphotilapia frontosa or other cichlid...
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    Gobiocichla wonderi. Photo by Dave Hansen The Cichlid-Forum staff would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year 2017. This year will mark the 15th year Cichlid-Forum has been online. Of course, C-F would be nothing if not for the dedication of the staff and the daily contributions from hobbyists...
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    Tilapia joka. Photo by Dave Hansen Tilapia joka is an unusual looking cichlids found in rivers and streams of Sierra Leone and Liberia. Fish from the genus Tilapia are not usually seen in the hobby, but T. joka is one of the few. Its attractive barring an small size have earned them a place...
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    Ctenochromis polli. Photo by Dave Hansen Ctenochromis polli is thought to be among the first West African cichlids imported into the U.S. The first specimens were caught in Stanley Pool (Pool Malebo) but it is thought to be in several locations throughout the lower and mid Congo River. C. polli...
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    Myaka myaka. Photo by Dave Hansen There are a series of volcanic crater lakes in the West African country of Cameroon. One of the largest, Lake Barombi Mbo, is home to a variety of cichlids unique to its waters. An article by Greg Steeves titled Insight on Barombi Mbo, Cameroon gives a...
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    Anomalochromis thomasi. Photo by Dave Hansen Commonly known as the African butterfly cichlid, Anomalochromis thomasi is found in small streams of Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. Males can reach sizes of about 3 inches while females are slightly smaller. Their size makes them a great choice...
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    The rumors and speculation can finally be put to rest. Cichlids of Africa Volume II is finally out and a limited amount copies are available before full distribution is set up in the U.S. The book is available in Europe directly from one of the authors, Anton Lamboj. In the U.S., the book is...
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    Parananochromis longirostris. Photo by Dave Hansen Parananochromis longirostris can be found in rivers and streams mainly throughout Southwestern Cameroon and Northern Gabon. This West African cichlid is not often seen by hobbyists, but it is occasionally available on stock lists. Not...
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