Here are a couple of shots of some of the fish that I took recently.
Altolamprologus sp. 'compressiceps shell' Mpulungu male peacocking for his lady friend.
A Paracyprichromis nigripinnis male.
A glowing exLamprologus ocellatus "Gold". I believe this is a male, though I am not 100% certain.
The Black Ghost has returned to form. He is once again a rich velvety black color. He and one of the female Neolamprologus nigriventris spawned recently. You can see a young one in the video below.
Here is a shot of one of the albino green dragon bristlenose plecos I recently purchased. They are supposed to be of the long-finned variety, but I have yet to see any sign of extended finnage. I am a little concerned that I may have been duped in that regard. I have seen photos of long-finned bristlenose that are smaller in overall body size than mine and they have noticeably long fins. Either way, I like these fellas.
I also picked up a group of five wild caught L264 plecos (Leporacanthicus joselimai), know as the sultan pleco. Unfortunately I have yet to get any pictures of them, but I will post some in the future. The fish are already around five inches long and my intention is to breed them. Outside of bristlenose plecos, which I would consider very easy to breed, I have never spawned any other pleco species.
In addition to those two, I picked up an another L128 blue phantom pleco, giving me four total. Three of them are too young yet for breeding, but maybe eventually I can breed them too. I also got five calico bristlenose and seven blue eyed albino bristlenose.
Do you recognize these guys? A friend of mine from the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association was kind enough to bring me a bag of ten Thorychthys meeki, aka the firemouth. He gave them to me at the most recent swap meet, October 1st. Take a good look. I didn't. At least not when he gave them to me.
If you are familiar with them, you will know that these are in fact red devils (Amphilophus labiatus). As much as I admire the beauty of this species, I loathe the idea of raising ten of them to adulthood or anything near it. I had one red devil years ago. He, or she, was quite the terror in the mixed tank I kept it in. These youngsters are not long for my aquariums.
I added a few Cyprichromis photos to the Photo Gallery. Take a moment to check them out.
Updated 09-08-17: I apologize to anyone who searched for the photos mentioned above, but didn't find them. I assure you all, they are there now.
I understand that this will come as bad news for some of you, but I am no longer attempting to fulfill the waiting list for Neolamprologus nigriventris fry. I still have the adult fish, but they have been extremely fickle spawners. Those few of you who managed to get some of the fry, rejoice. The last four or five spawns have had very minimal hatch out rates - and that for what are already small batches of eggs. Several of the spawns disappeared days after the eggs appeared. I suspect the adults ate them, though I cannot say why.
To make matters worse, one of the males gave his female partner a terrible beating following a water change in the tank. She nearly bit it, but managed to revive in a solo tank. She is now with the Black Ghost (pictured above) in a 75 gallon aquarium. Hopefully I will get some more activity out of them, but I can't say. If I do manage to raise some additional fry, I will post them when available. My apologies to those of you waiting patiently on fry. Sometimes things just don't work out. Unfortunately, this is one of those times.
I have had very little luck raising Altolamprologus calvus fry, but I seem to have a lot of luck getting them to spawn. Here are a few shots of my yellow calvus spawning. The female is enticing the male to the cave (shell). This is the second pair of yellow calvus I have. The first pair has been spawning on and off for a few months. I have not done well raising their offspring. I do, however, have about thirty or so fry nearing .75". I think my problem is in not feeding them frequently enough with live food. They, like most fish, are more inclined to eat food that is wriggling about in front of their faces than flakes that are resting on the sand.
I purchased ten Enantiopus melanogenys juveniles in April of 2016 at roughly 1.5 inches in length. They grew fairly quickly once I put them into a 75 gallon aquarium. There are now only nine of them, but they are between 3.5 and 5 inches long. And, after all of this time anxiously waiting, they are colorful and fun to watch. It was a long test of my patience. I have to say the payoff was worth the wait.
For your viewing pleasure I offer a video of two male E. melanogenys displaying for the ladies in their newly redecorated home. I find it interesting that the two males have distinct markings in their dorsal fin allowing me to differentiate between them. There are other males in the group, at least two others. I am curious if they will be equally uniquely marked when in full breeding dress.
I have updated the Currently Keeping page. You will notice that I have acquired a number of young Malawi cichlids recently. I slowly sold off all of my Malawians only to find myself with a desire to keep some again. And so I shall.
Also, I have some fry from my Altolamprologus calvus "Yellow". The dominant male is pictured above and below is a shot of some of the girls.
The last photo is one of the Cyathopharynx furcifer Ruziba juveniles I purchased at the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association's February rare fish auction. It was a great event made possible by the laudable efforts of several club members to whom I am grateful. There was a nice mix of cichlids from Tanganyika, Malawi, west Africa, Madagascar and South America. I am usually trigger happy at auctions, but I tempered my impulses and only came away with the one group of furcifer. They look great and I couldn't be happier about the purchase. Perhaps the future will see some photos of a nice beautiful male posted here.