At one time or another we’ve all experienced the frustration of having a sick cichlid. This is especially true for hobbyist who are new to the hobby. Fortunately, Cichlid-Forum has a couple of great resources for those looking to save their fish. The Illness, Health & Nutrition forum is where you can ask specific questions about your fish’s health. The forum’s moderators and members all contribute to help with specific health related questions.
If you are looking for more general information on fish diseases, including a detailed bloat cure procedure, the Health section of the library is the place to go. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure couldn’t be more true when it comes to fish. Although it can happen, cichlids rarely get sick from other cichlids. Most of the time having a sick cichlid is the result of stress. A fish’s ability to fight off diseases is compromised when there is poor water quality, improper diet or a stressful environment. Making sure your fish are eating the proper food, breathing clean water and are comfortable in their surroundings is the best thing you can do for them. When that fails, the resources mentioned above are your best bet for turning things around.
Male Neochromis sp. ‘Entebbe’. Photo by Don Greg Steeves
A new addition to the forum’s library is a short description of the Victorian cichlid Neochromis sp. ‘Entebbe’. Despite the brevity of the article, it is not short on pictures. The pictures include a male in full display and several shots of a pair spawning. Although Neochromis sp. ‘Entebbe’ isn’t exactly rare, it is also not found in many tanks, including fulu fanatics. Like many other Victorian species, N. sp. ‘Entebbe’ appears to be a prolific spawner. What sets this species apart from many other cichlids is the striking red coloration on its fins. For more information on Neochromis sp. ‘Entebbe’ visit the species article in the library. To discuss this species and any other Victorian cichlids, make sure to stop by the Lake Victoria forum.
A special thanks to Don Greg Steeves for allowing us to use his article. You can listen to him on his monthly radio show Let’s Talk About Cichlids.
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 habitat isn’t just enjoyable to watch, but it sheds some light on some of the unusual behavior they exhibit in your tanks. This video showcases the diversity of cichlids living in and around the large rock formations in the lake. Aside from the multitude of mbuna, there are even some open water species hanging around the rocks.
For more information on the many great fish that come from Lake Malawi, visit the Lake Malawi forum. There is always great discussion of everything Lake Malawi related.
Mbuna from Masimbwe Island, Lake Malawi. Screenshot from video
A recent study is indicating that the recent drought in Brazil may be the result of years of unchecked deforestation. It appears that trees in the Amazon jungle do more than remove carbon from the air. Trees also draw water from the ground and add moisture to the air. It is estimated that two-thirds of the rainfall in southeaster Brazil can be attributed to moisture released by trees into the air. Trees pump about 20 billion metric tons of water into the atmosphere every day, about 3 billion tons more than the Amazon river dumps into the ocean. For more information on this study and its impact on the drought in Brazil, check out the article on the ABC News website.
A proposal to allow a uranium mine company to discharge its sludge could threaten Lake Malawi. The discharge, which includes uranium rock, acids and arsenic used in processing the uranium ore, could make its way into rivers just 30 miles upstream from the lake. The company maintains that it will take all precautions to meet World Health Organization guidelines, but local leaders and civil groups are concerned. Lake Malawi isn’t just a lake where so many wonderful cichlids are found, but is also the source of drinking water and food for millions of people. For more information on the uranium mine discharge proposal, visit the Environmental News Service website.
Haplochromis sp. ‘Kenya gold’. Photo by Don Greg Steeves.
One of site’s oldest species profiles is getting a reboot. The original Haplochromis sp. ‘Kenya gold’ article may have even been published when this site was known as VatoElvis.com. The new article, written by Don Greg Steeves, adds some new insight into the species and also includes photos.
The Victoria Basin species Haplochromis sp. ‘Kenya gold’ gets its name from its color. As seen in the picture above, the gold color is unusual for cichlids and adds contrast to any tank setup. H. sp. ‘Kenya gold’ is often sought after in the hobby, especially among Victorian cichlid enthusiasts. Unfortunately it isn’t often found on many stock lists. For more information on this endangered species, read the new Species Profile.
Amazon deforestation has declined by 18% over the last year. An estimated 1,870 square miles of rain forest were destroyed between August 2013 and July 2014, down from 2,275 sq. miles over the same period the year before. A new conservation bill is credited with helping to reduce deforestation. Despite the apparent gains in the reduction of rain forest loss, environmentalist are sounding the alarm that deforestation may be on an upswing. Conservation of the rain forest directly affects the native habitats of many cichlid species popular in the hobby. Runoff from deforestation and chemicals used in the subsequent farming surrounding the river have resulted in drops of native species. For more information on declines in the Amazon rain forest, visit the articles on Mongabay.com and TheGuardian.com.
The largest online retailer of pet products is being purchased by one of the largest pet supply retailers. Most of us have at the very least browsed Drs. Foster and Smith’s website for the latest products and pricing. What this buy-out holds for the future of Drs. Foster and Smith is uncertain. Will they shift their products and pricing to match the availability of what is found at most Petco stores or will they maintain their own product lines and pricing? A real bonus for hobbyists will be if the Petco pricing will be comparable or matching online prices. Only time will tell. For information of the upcoming deal, visit PR Newswire.
An excellent topic for anyone who likes big tanks or is thinking of building their own large tank. The 2000 Gallon Tanganyikan Project topic documents the construction each step of the way, from bare concrete walls to finished product. The topic creator, h0nkzz, answers questions and addresses concerns from other forum members. Stop by to check out the project and give your input. Hopefully it will be fully stocked and submitted into the Aquarium Gallery. The 2000 Gallon Tanganyikan Project thread can be found in the Lake Tanganyika species forum. A special thanks to h0nkzz for taking the time to document the entire project and sharing it on the forum.
Labidochromis sp. “gigas mara”. Photo by Ad Konings
It’s probably safe to say that anyone who has ever had a Lake Malawi mbuna tank has at one point or another kept at least one Labidochromis caeruleus. Commonly known as a yellow lab, the L. caeruleus with its bright yellow color and mild temperament is a mainstay of many hobbyist’s aquariums. Aside from the yellow lab and maybe a Labidochromis sp. “Hongi”, most hobbyists have little experience with other Labidochromis species. However, the variety of colors and sizes of other Labidochromis species should not be overlooked. For instance, the Labidochromis sp. “gigas mara” pictured above is a perfect example of the different varieties of Labidochromis available. Granted, most stock lists won’t include much more than the yellow labs or Hongi, but some importers and breeders do have them available. They add wonderful colors and make for interesting discussion. As an added bonus, they are less likely to cross-breed with your Pseudotropheus.