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What's New ©by Laif DeMason

The fish-keeping season is in full swing, and many importers, exporters, and breeders are actively plying their trade. Due to the airline industry’s heightened security and worldwide alerts, many new measures are being introduced which ultimately increase the costs of shipping. Therefore fishes from many parts of the world will show an increase in landed costs due to, for example, the price of security measures for international cargo. To get around these higher costs and slower sales some of the newer collectors have opted to bypass the usual importers and sell directly to the consumer. This however has contributed to an increase in “designer” names and acclimation problems.

Here’s “what’s new” on the cichlid scene:

Lake Tanganyika 

Rains have been heavy over southern sections of the lake this year. Still, collections from Zambia, Tanzania, and Burundi are strong. Congo is only sporadically visited, and some recent problems have resulted in restrictions in fishing. Hopefully this closure will only be temporary.

what's new: Lake Tanganyika

Collected from Kerenge Island (Tanzania), this Cyprichromis leptosoma sports blue zebra-like bars.

Also from southern Tanzania, this strain of Altolamprologus compressiceps was sold in the late 1980s as “copperhead”, but now occasionally arrives in groups of the “goldhead” variety.

Collected in the Congo near Moliro, this red and green Tropheus moorii is now available from Zambia.

From Kapampa (Congo), Xenotilapia papilio “fluorescent” sports a bright orange dorsal fin and eyering.

Lake Malawi

Airline pullouts and problems in exporting live fish from Lilongwe (Malawi) will cause price increases in some parts of the world. Collectors in Malawi and Tanzania are working hard to sell seasonal items, while Mozambique is visited sporadically. Bred sources still have full complements of Malawian varieties.

what's new: Lake Malawi


Wild Champsochromis caeruleus are seasonally available from the lake but rarely arrive in full color. Photo by C. Kacirek.

Also seasonally collected, Aulonocara rostratum is a jumbo-sized peacock species.

A rarely collected predator, Hemitaeniochromis urotaenia has been exported from Itungi (Tanzania). Photo by A. Konings.

Gaining in popularity with breeders of late, Nimbochromis linni are usually available from wild sources. 

Bred for many years in Florida as “Haplochromis quadrimaculatus”, this cichlid is really Copadichromis borleyi from Mbenji Island. Photo by C. Kacirek.

Exported from southern Tanzania, Pseudotropheus perspicax sports a light blue ground color with white markings. Photo by A. Konings.


Sadly there’s not much new to report from the Victoria basin. Bred fishes are still the best source of select species whenever they are available.

what's new: Victoria


Still a very popular fish, “Haplochromis” nyererei  is available in a number of color forms.
Dropped as a bred variety on many cichlid farms, the original “Haplochromis” sp. “thick skin” or “obliquidens” may soon disappear from the hobby.


Cichlid imports from South America are brisk for the moment. Several newer varieties of wild Symphysodon discus as well as several rarely seen cichlids are now being collected. Dwarf Apistogramma from bred sources are making their way into cichlid shops and gaining popularity. Neotropical cichlids from central America can be procured from breeders as usual.

what's new: Neotropics


Though not new, Copora nicaraguense from bred sources show excellent coloration. Photo by J. Rapps.

Exported from South America, peacock bass like Cichla ocellaris are sold at small sizes. Photo by M. Smith.

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