While I was in Ohio in November, I picked up a dozen Lepidiolamprologus nkambae around three to three-and-a-half inches in length. I have had these Tanganyikan cichlids in the past and really like them. I'd been longing to keep them again, so I didn't waste the opportunity to obtain some. My plan is to keep about four to six of them for myself and sell the remainder. They are probably around four months from sexual maturity. Maybe more. In any case I hope to breed them again. Enjoy these photos of the fish and be sure to check out the species specific article.
It has been over a year since I posted anything to this site. In that time the Neolamprologus nigriventris featured in the last post did indeed spawn again. It was a small batch of seven fry. I kept them in the hopes of raising them up to become the next generation of breeders as I don't believe I am going to see much more activity from their aging parents. The juveniles are now between 2 and 3 inches long and quite healthy. I just recently moved them from a heavily planted 40 gallon breeder aquarium to a 75 gallon that is also housing some recently acquired Lepidiolamprologus nkambae of similar size as the nigriventris, a few haps, around fifteen yellow Labidochromis caeruleus, and a couple of medium sized L128 plecos. Most of the occupants are temporary residents. I will try to post some photos soon.
There have been many changes in my tank inhabitants recently. Take a look at the updated Currently Keeping page. The newbies came from two events, the December swap meet held by the Greater Chicago Cichlid Association and the Ohio Cichlid Association's Extravaganza. This is second consecutive year I have attended the annual convention held in Strongsville, OH. It is a great event that I would recommend to any cichlid or catfish enthusiast, and most any other aquarium enthusiast as well. They have a slate of intelligent, well informed speakers, a fish show displaying a variety of beautiful adult catfish and cichlids, a packed vendor room, an evening hospitality suite featuring some grub for attendees, and a huge Sunday auction. On top of all that, attendees set up elaborate mini pet stores in their rooms from which can be purchased all manner of interesting fish, inverts, plants and dry goods. That alone makes a one-time trip worthwhile.
Allow me to mention that the auction is one of the best I have seen for a few reasons. First, despite an entire weekend of fish trading hands in hotel rooms and at local fish shops, the content of the auction - and this is true for both of the auctions I attended - was comprised of a lot of quality stock. Yes, there were some unsightly entries, that is to be expected at any auction, but the majority of the fish were desirable, healthy specimens. I picked up some nice adult Neolamprologus cylindricus breeders, some uncommon Victorian Enterochromis paropius, and a few others. The second reason I like this auction is that there are a large number of buyers to compete for the available fish. And these buyers are all largely insane by normal standards - most of them having double digit aquariums in their home, some triple digit. These wackos - and I include myself in this group - are willing to spend for what they want. That leads to good prices for the sellers, in general, which in turn encourages sellers to enter better stock into the next auction. As I said, it is a very good example of a fish auction. Mind you there are always deals to be had, you just have to be patient, attentive and decisive. There were many bags of fish that I wanted, but ultimately lost out on in the bidding war. Still I went home very happy with my purchases.
I will attempt to post some photos and videos of the fish in upcoming weeks. I also really want to add to the species articles located within the Cichlids of Africa tab too. We'll see.
Stay tuned to see some info about the Parathelphusa pantherina, panther crabs, that I recently purchased.
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.
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 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.