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What's New ©by Laif DeMason

A new year is finally here! It seemed like 2005 would never end. Mother Nature has dealt many severe blows across the world. Here in Miami, Florida, we had to endure the destruction of two hurricanes in one year. The young Hurricane Katrina flooded many of the South Florida cichlid farms before she matured and dealt massive destruction to Louisiana and Mississippi. Hurricane Wilma then came and destroyed power grids in over five counties of southern Florida, leaving most to make due with no electricity for two weeks. Hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and earthquakes also cause major disruptions in other areas of the world. 
With the onset of Winter, are your aquarium back-up systems in place? Storms can knock out power and leave your tanks, and fish, with no electricity. Be prepared to operate for at least 72 hours on your own back-up systems when catastrophe occurs!

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

Lake Tanganyika 

Interest and, fortunately, supplies are strong this season. Collections and exports are occurring at all points on the Lake. In the United States, shell-dwellers, altolamprologines, and other substrate-spawners remain popular. In other areas of the world, Tropheus and sand cichlids are more popular. I guess there is something for everyone! 

what's new: Lake Tanganyika

Caught in the northern extreme of Ubwari, Congo, Tropheus sp. Muzimu looks somewhat like the form from Mboko, nearby. Photo by M. Lillie. 

Of all the popular blue Cyphotilapia frontosa forms, the variety from Moba, Congo seems to exhibit the strongest deep blue coloration. 

Collected from Ikola, Tanzania, Callochromis sp. Ikola red line has not been exported for some years. Photo by A. Konings.

Displaying characteristically strong coloration, Xenotilapia ochrogenys Ndole Bay is a favorite of many enthusiasts. Photo by A. Konings. 

Lake Malawi

Collections and exports remain strong from most points along Lake Malawi. Active searches for new items have brought forth the usual mix of new species and not-so-new varieties. Many “new” Aulonocara are actually caught between the more routine collection areas and, thus, look somewhat like better-known forms; time will tell if any are different enough to remain of interest to hobbyists. Bred items are also available in good numbers and in a wide range of species and varieties. 

what's new: Lake Malawi


Seasonally available during December and January, Buccochromis spectabilis is now also available from bred sources. 

Small mbuna from Lake Malawi remain popular with hobbyists; pictured here, Labidochromis freibergi is well known to many “old timers.”

Now available on a regular basis, Cynotilapia afra yellow Mara has gained in popularity. 

Newly-discovered on a reef off Likoma Island, Malawi, Pseudotropheus cf. heteropictus with black trim is an infrequent export. Photo by A. Konings. 

Collected near Charo, Malawi, Aulonocara Mkondiwe sports coloration similar to the “flavescent Usisya” with stronger blue hues. Photo by A. Konings. 

Newly-collected from Chitimba, Malawi, Copadichromis virginalis has a pleasant sky-blue body color. 

West Africa

Exports from the usual countries in West Africa continue per normal. While few actual new species are reported, many of the recent exports are still unknown to most cichlid hobbyists. Some of these West African species are being bred in larger numbers by different specialists, thus increasing the awareness of the most popular forms. 

what's new: West Africa


From Nigeria, Pelvicachromis pucher Isokpo is a colorful and recently- imported form of the ever-popular “krib.” Photo by A. Bornstein. 

Seasonally collected downriver from Kinshasa, Congo, Pelvicachromis subocellatus Moanda is also occasionally bred by specialists. Photo by O. Lucanus. 


Several exporting countries in South America are currently undergoing their low season for collecting. However, bred cichlids from many neotropical specialists are available. Some species not seen for a while are often “recycled,” and some newer varieties are produced in larger numbers. There always seems to be plenty to choose from with cichlids from the Americas!

what's new: Neotropics


Occasionally imported from Iquitos, Peru, Apistogramma eremnopyge is also bred by a few suppliers. Photo by O. Lucanus. 

Exported somewhat regularly now and collected from the Tapajos River area of Brazil, Teleocichla cinderella. Photo by O. Lucanus. 

Imported from Peru as Aequidens sp. “Rojo”, A. diadema makes a nice addition to the Neotropical community tank. Photo by A. Bornstein.

One of the big winners in the recent American Cichlid Association show, Archocentrus spinossisimus. Photo by K. Friesen. 

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