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What's New ©by Laif DeMason

Many aquarium fish hobbyists around the world seem to have turned to cichlids as their favorite fishy pets. Amazingly enough, due to the wealth of information currently available on the internet and books, people in small countries are even joining the hobby. And as always the most popular cichlids vary in each region of the world. What’s most popular in Hong Kong, is different than Poland, and even different than Cleveland, Ohio. And, as most of us “old-timers” know, this cichlid fascination never really stops. Just as you tire of one group of cichlids, another different group peeks your interest as thus the quest continues. Today it may be big Central American guapotes, and tomorrow it will be large predatory Malawi “Haps”. So many cichlids to choose from! So many fascinating fishes to keep! Real cichlid hobbyists will never call it quits!  

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

Lake Tanganyika 

Reports of collections from the northern section of Congo have preceded this issues’ printing.  Of course this area is still dangerous as rebels largely control these northern shores, thus completely closing access for the past several years. Other collection areas along Zambia, South Congo, Tanzania, and Burundi are still producing exports. One sad bit of news:  Thierry Brichard, son of the great African fish collector Pierre, has died after a bout with cancer. Thierry was a great scuba diver and boatman who lived most of his life in Burundi on Lake Tanganyika. A great, jovial guy and a lover of cichlids; we will miss him dearly. 

what's new: Lake Tanganyika

Collected in Keseke, Tanzania, Xenotilapia sp. red fleck, named for the small red spots in the dorsal fin, is available again.  

Also from central Tanzania, a dark form of  Neolamprologus cylindricus have been collected and exported. 

Collected near Karilani Island, Tanzania, Aulonocranus dewindti from this area, reportedly show more blue coloration in the body. Photo A. Konings.

First collected and exported over one decade ago, Petrochromis sp. red fin Ubwari has been collected again.

From Apembwe, Tanzania, a new Eretmodus cyanostictus that sports strong gold body bars.  

Originally collected by the Brichard family in Congo, Tropheus moorii  Zongwe, is similar to the T. moorii Murago, but exhibits a more tawny yellow juvenile coloration.  

Lake Malawi

Open season has been called on Lake Malawi! Seemingly all collectors from all exporting countries are collecting in each other’s turf and there has been widespread trading by “independent” divers from many locals. Trading seems to be brisk and one wonders where it will all end, as the distances traveled to deal fishes are great. Fishes from Mozambique, Tanzania, and Malawi are offered for sale with disregard for traditional national boundaries. 

what's new: Lake Malawi


Seasonally shipped from Tanzania and elsewhere, Rhamphochromis esox has been recently exported. Photo by A. Konings.

Newly discovered on Mbembe Point, Likoma, this Gephyrochromis species sports bumblebee-like barring.  Photo by A. Konings. 

A staple from Florida cichlid farms of the past, Hemitilapia oxyrhynchus is now being offered again.  Photo by A. Konings. 

Also being bred in earnest, due to demand in the Far East, Tyannochromis macrostoma can be purchased as juveniles. 

Lake Victoria

There is still a lack of collections in most countries in the Lake Victoria basin.  Some similar species are collected occasionally elsewhere. The most reliable sources for Victorian cichlids are from established breeding facilities with known and established breeds. 

what's new: Lake Victoria


Originally from Tanzania, ‘Haplochromis’ nyererei Python Island is available from European breeders.  Photo by O. Seehausen. 

Exported from Burundi, this Victoria-like ‘Haplochromis’ burtoni actually hails from Lake Tanganyika and its tributary rivers.  Photo by A. Konings.

West Africa

Cichlid exporting nations of West Africa are active and eager to strike when the metal is hot!  Fishes from Cameroon, Guinea, Nigeria, and Congo (riverine species) are currently collected and exported.  Now, suppliers’ stocks are very good and have been keeping up with the recent demand. 

what's new: West Africa


One of the many yellow varieties from Cameroon, Pelvicachromis taeniatus Nyete is newly exported.  Photo by O. Lucanus.  

Occasional bred by avid hobbyists, Thysochromis ansorgii  is a very peaceful cave brooder from West Africa.  


It is collecting season again and exports are arriving in good numbers from most regions in South America. Seasonal dwarf Apistos, discus, and pike cichlids are regularly sold. Some specialty cichlid breeders are selling directly to importers and many new and unusual items are making their way into stores for hobbyists to buy. 

what's new: Neotropics


Originally from Peru, this red headed Heros sp. ‘rotkeil’ is now available from specialty breeders. Photo by J. Rapps.  

Available from discus breeders, one of the blue cobalt varieties with strong solid blue hues.  

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