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What's New ©by Laif DeMason

As summer wears on, cichlid hobbyists adjust their activities to encompass other fair weather interests.  The previous past few months have seen diverse but active interests in a wide range of species.  Interestingly, several “out of favor” species, which normally sit on the shelf for months, have suddenly been snapped up by customers.  This leads me to believe that hobbyists are constantly branching out to experiment with forms that they aren’t currently keeping.  Today, cichlid hobbyists have been especially bombarded with hyper-sales pitches from sellers’ web pages.  Unfortunately, many buyers have found that they certainly will not get rich by listening to promoters’ opinions.  All of which lends well to the current trend:  buy what YOU like!

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

Lake Tanganyika 

Collections have been brisk along the Zambian and Tanzanian coasts of Lake Tanganyika. Congo has cracked open its doors to those who pay heavy entry bribes. While cichlid inventories are up, exporters complain about marginal shipments. Certainly in Zambia, it would be hard to believe that all six current exporters can actually have enough business to survive over the next year..

what's new: Lake Tanganyika

Reportedly from Kampampa (Congo), this new version of Julidochromis marlieri sports a blotchy body pattern.

This particularly strikingly-colored Cyprichromis leptosoma is from Bulu Point (Tanzania).

Out-of-the-norm featherfins, like this Opthalmotilapia ventralis “Sibwesa,” have peaked hobbyists interests.  Photo by A. Konings.

Reportedly from Zambia, an intermediate variety, Tropheus moorii “red sunspot” has arrived on the scene.

Lake Malawi

Currently there seems to be at least seven collectors on Lake Malawi between Tanzania and Malawi. Again, it is difficult to see how all of them can succeed.  Some don’t even have permanent facilities to keep their fishes! Hapless importers who fall into the trap of ordering from these exporters will certainly encounter problems with their shipments. Infrequent collections in Mozambique and other restricted reserve areas still occur.

what's new: Lake Malawi


From Pombo Reef (Tanzania), Labeotropheus trewavasae sports an orange head and body markings.

Several Lethrinops varieties, such as L. marginatus, have been received recently from Tanzania.  Photo by C. Kacirek.

One of the “marmalade cats”, this male Metriaclima zebra from Manda (Tanzania) has an interesting “blueberry” pattern.

Exported from Tanzania, a Copadichromis virginalis marked with a gold and white blaze is sold as “daisy cap”.  Photo by C. Kacirek.

From the National Park near Thumbi East (Malawi), Aulonocara sp. “yellow collar” has been imported again.  Photo by A. Konings.

Selected from an OB strain of Metriaclima estherae, this albino red OB zebra is a strikingly colored fish developed in Florida.


While no new imports have been reported from the Victoria basin, different color morphs developed by breeders appear from time to time.  These new developments often give Victorian cichlid enthusiasts something novel to keep. 

what's new: Victoria


A new morph selected from a Ugandan piebald haplochromine, this florescent pink form lacks black markings for the most part, but sports a yellowish flank.
Mutated naturally from wild-type stock, this albino Astatotilapia latifasciata, also known as “albino zebra obliquidens”, holds promise.


As more and more hobbyists travel to both Central and South America, interesting varieties of cichlids and habitats are found.  These travelers also learn the interrelationships within these fishes’ natural communities and thus branch out into other groups of fishes. Will we see a re-birth of the community aquarium? 

what's new: Neotropics


A new color morph of Archocentrus nigrofasciatus is known as the “calico convict.”  Photo by J. Rapps.

Apistogramma cacatuoides “gold double red” is a new color strain available from European breeders.

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