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The video, just above, shows Tom's new African Cichlid aquarium that has about 20 Cichlid Stones, which look like rocks and are hollow. This video was taken about 10-weeks before the pictures, shown below, were taken of the same fish, which grew to be larger and much more colorful during the 10-weeks.
The fish shown, above and below, are all from Tom's 55-gallon African Cichlid aquarium. The fish just above is the same fish that's shown in the two pictures just below. Tom knows that it is a male albino or partial albino, and Tom thinks it may be a Pseudotropheus Maylandia greshakei or perhaps a very similar species called Pseudotropheus Maylandia mbenjii. Pseudotropheus is a genus of Mbunas from Lake Malawi in East Africa. Maylandia is a subgenus, which some experts think should be a genus.
Tom can't quite tell if the fish in the pictures just above and just below are the same fish. He thinks they are both the same species, Pseudotropheus Maylandia estherae, which was originally called the "Red Zebra" and was later named after Esther Grant, the wife of Stuart Grant, who shipped lots of fish from Lake Malawi to Tom and Nevin a long time ago.
The fish, shown just above, is a male Labeotropheus trewavasae, which had these dazzling colors for just 2 or 3 days. This species has an unusual mouth.
The fish shown in the two pictures, just above, is a Pseudotropheus socolofi, which was named after Ross Socolof, a famous Florida fish farmer and collector. A couple of weeks later this fish spawned and is shown below with a mouthful of eggs. You can see the slight bulge just below her mouth. You can see also the yellow egg-spots on her fin. Females can have prominent egg-spots. Tom actually thought this fish was probably a male, until she spawned.
This fish is a so-called "OB morph", which is an abbreviation for "Orange Blotch". It is probably a male Pseudotropheus zebra. But there are OB patterns in other Mbuna species, and so this may not be a Zebra.
The fish, shown above and below, is a colorful male, who's ancestors most likely lived in Lake Victoria, which is about 800 to 1000 kilometers north of Lake Malawi in East Africa. Tom and Nevin do not know the name of this fish. Do you? Call during the show and tell them.
The same male Victorian Cichlid is shown above trying to catch and eat one of the many baby Mbunas that hide among the Cichlid Stones in Tom's aquarium. We received emails saying this fish is probably Pundamilia nyererei, which is a species from Lake Victoria. If you know more about this fish, please call during a show and talk with tom and Nevin about it.
The Catfish, shown in the two pictures just above, also lives in the same 55-gallon aquarium with the African Cichlids, shown farther above. This catfish is one of the many species that aquarists call a Plecostomus or Pleco. The actual species name is unknown to us now. You can see this fish has a so-called omega iris in it's eye. This iris expands and contracts to control the amount of light entering the fish's eye. This fish is very nocturnal and rarely leaves its cave, until the lights in the aquarium are turned off.
We've received several emails stating that this fish is probably a member of the genus Leporacanthicus and may be the species named triactis. Leporacanthicus have long teeth and for that reason are sometimes called Vampire Plecos. It is thought they eat snails and freshwater sponges in their wild habitats.
Tom and Nevin plan to talk about these fish and Tom's aquarium during this show. You are welcome to call and ask questions or make comments.
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Links to "Fish in the News" from Heather in PL.
In the travel section of the Times this weekend, there was a pretty wild story about scuba diving with tropical marine fish and sharks being kept in saltwater ponds in Utah! We plan on visiting whenever we end up near Salt Lake City.
Evan from Colorado
says he got
calls and talks
two new male
using RO-water, AquaSoil,
and pH of
asked Joe if
he had bred
so Tom and
fry are more
The Bailey Brothers
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during the show and talk about your pet fish.
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