Here is some video footage of my 75 gallon aquarium. It houses several Tanganyikan species, namely Lepidiolamprologus nkambae, Neolamprologus buescheri Kachese, and Synodontis multipunctatus. There is also a lone Neolamprologus leleupi female in the video. She has since moved on to another home elsewhere. Enjoy.
I have a short video of these fish with their fry and a few tankmates. This footage is a bit old - I don't even own the fish any longer - but it takes me a while to put the video together. It is more work than posting photos. Anyhow, enjoy!
This goofball took a long walk off a short pier. I recently moved a rack of 5.5 gallon aquariums that I emptied out and cleaned up to sell. This sad fella was behind it. He or she is a Lepidiolamprologus sp. 'meeli kipili' from Namansi in Lake Tanganyika. I always try to warn people that Lepidiolamprologus are leapers and will find their way out of any openings. The tank this fish jumped from had only a small opening for an airline (maybe 2" by .5"), but this individual managed to find it and make the worst possible use of it.
I almost have to laugh because this photo reminds me of one of those pictures of a specimen that has been collected for scientific study and is all colorless and nearly unrecognizable. This fish actually has more color left in it than those specimens typically do.
There is a new article in the Cichlids of Africa category. I hope it is helpful to those considering keeping Lepidiolamprologus nkambae. This species is uncommon in the hobby though not impossible to find, and it makes for an interesting change of pace from the various Neolamprologus species.
I finally managed to get my aquarium maintenance back on a regular schedule. Those of you who have multiple tanks - and, to a greater degree, those of you who have many, many tanks - understand how easy it can be to fall behind on your regular maintenance of the aquariums that house your precious pets. I found myself allowing my aquariums to suffer for extended periods of time. Never to the extent that the fish were dying directly from poisonous conditions, but to the point that their health was suffering and they were becoming susceptible to disease. This was a disapointment to no one as much as it was to me. I recently, say seven or eight weeks ago, decided I needed to get my act in gear or start to decrease the number of aquariums I had until it was a managable task. I chose the former and began a three week rotation. I currently have fifteen 10 gallon aquariums on one rack, sixteen 5 gallon aquariums on a second rack, and several larger tanks (one 75 gallon, one 90 gallon, one 30 gallon breeder, and one 50 gallon breeder). I also have a twenty gallon plastic vat in which I house a colony of Gammarus shrimp, known as scuds. This is a feeder colony from which I infrequently harvest some live treats for the fish. Every Saturday I do a roughly 75% water change on one third of the tanks at a time. One week it is the 10 gallon rack, the following Saturday the 5 gallon rack, and finally the four larger tanks. This is thus far a manageable shcedule that is promoting great health and better growth in my fish. I know people who do 50% weekly water changes on all of their aquariums. This is excellent fot the fish, but not really something I can manage without an automatic system in place.
Hopefully I will have some photos and videos forthcoming soon. Here are just a couple of pics I took recently. Also, check out the Currently Keeping page for an updated list of fish I have at present. I sold a good deal of fish at a recent swap meet to make room for some of the others I have growing up. A second round of selloffs is coming soon, as I still have too many fish for the space I have. It is difficult to prioritize species when they are all so amazing and worthy of our interest. By the way, while I do occasionally sell some of my fish, I am not a retailer and do not have many fish available to sell. Only when my fish spawn do I typically have anything for sale. I do not mind the inquiries, but keep that in mind.
This is a male Pseudochrenilabrus nicholsi from Africa. They are a river dwelling, mouthbrooding cichlid that can be quite aggressive. I liken their behavior to that of the mbuna of Lake Malawi except that they are not rock dwellers or plant eaters. The spawning activity and territoriality of the species, however, is almost identical to most mbuna. The stunning male coloration of this species makes it well worth the troubles.
Here are a few fry of Lepidiolamprologus sp. 'meeli kipili'. They are a substrate spawning species that will readily accept shells for the purpose of laying their eggs. Below are photos of a female with a new brood of fry upon reaching the free swimming stage of their lives. I have never kept Lepidiolamprologus attenuatus, but from the photos and videos I have seen, these two species are very similar in appearance.
I love these predatory Tanganyikan cichlids. Lepidiolamprologus nkambae (arguably the same fish as L. kendalli) are solitary predators who spend their time cruising for meals. Shaped like a torpedo and armed with a decent set of chompers, these fish are formidable. I have a pair who have not spawned in a couple of years, but still intrigue me. Their demeanor could best be described as mock timidity. They will usually hover in or around a cave they have excavated as if they are afraid to join the masses, but when some unsuspecting fish wanders too near their home, a quick - and sometimes vicious - strike sends the unwary wanderer fleeing in fear and pain. The male is often abusive to the female, but she is no slouch when it comes to inflicting damage on other tank inhabitants.
I am debating purchasing some more youngsters at the upcoming GCCA swap meet on February 16th. Here are a few recent photos of my pair. The last picture is the only shot of the female.
As anyone with eyes can see, my website is slow in taking form. I have only three of the "Species Articles" complete thus far. Actually, I believe only one is truly complete in its current state. Having said that, which species of those listed - or even those unlisted, would you, the viewers, like to see finished first? I will try to accommodate your wishes in as much as it is possible.