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Pictures: two pictures of a mature male about 3" long and a picture of a group of Leleupis about 1.The African cichlids contain some of the most colorful of all freshwater fishes.
The cichlids are an enormous family of fish and they offer the widest variety of body shapes and behaviors of all freshwater fishes. This wonderful group is further complimented by their remarkable behavior, it is highly complex yet ritualistic.
They are very active and many can be very personable, readily greeting their keepers and begging for food. These are the characteristics that make cichlids a favorite attraction for many hobbyists. The African Cichlids seen in the hobby have a mix of fascinating characteristics and are a delight to keep.
There are many colorful cichlids like the popular varieties of Peacock Cichlids. Others are highly prized for their unique habitat or behavioral characteristics. These can be seen in the goby cichlids, shelldwellers, featherfins, and popular Tropheus genus, to name a few.
Most of the favorite fish are moderate in size and very well suited to home aquariums. Some also reach an impressive size and are great specimens for a large show tank. Only a few are not really suitable for the home aquarium due to size. African cichlids take the prize for the largest and smallest cichlids in the world!
The largest recorded cichlid is the Boulengerochromis microlepis which reaches up to 36" 90 cm in length. In contrast there is the Nanochromis transvestitususwhich is the smallest known cichlid and barely reaches over an inch in length!
The actual number of cichlid species is unknown but estimated at more thanwith at least species scientifically described. With many different shapes, cichlids can range from the disk-like forms of the popular South American cichlids, the Angelfish and Discus, to the cylindrical bodied forms of the sporty African cichlids. They are very active and intriguing freshwater fish.
They are categorized as "secondary freshwater fish" - meaning their ancestors were marine fish. It is believed that cichlids moved to freshwaters from the marine environment, and they have features relating to a number of marine species including the damsels, wrasses, parrot fish, and surfperches. This helps to explain why many species can do well in salty water, and in fact some species extend their range into parts of the ocean.
Most of the cichlids of east Africa come from lakes that formed when two great valleys filled with water millions of years ago, but never connected. These are known as the African Rift Lakes. The rift lake cichlids from Africa have become the most popular of freshwater fish since the early 's. The dominant African Cichlids evolved to contain hundreds of endemic species.
African Cichlids are conservatively estimated at about species. It is estimated Lake Malawi has over species, with about of them currently described. Lake Tanganyika has almost species. Another familiar great lake of Africa is Lake Victoria.
It is also very large but is not a rift lake; rather it is a shallower saucer-shaped lake that lies between the two rift lake valleys. The cichlids of these great lakes are renown for their diversity and beauty, and because they are unique. They are principally endemic to these lakes, with most found only in their respective lake and nowhere else.
As the cichlid species evolved, they successfully exploited every conceivable way of life in the lakes, inhabiting rocky shores, sandy shores, open water pelagic regions, and deep-water regions.
There is a great diversity in the each of the cichlid genera and in their habitats. Here's an overview of each group, but for more in-depth information follow the linked title of each type below.
They live among them for protection and spawns under them. The will also eat algae, insects and crustaceans off the rocks. A good number of rocks forming caves and undercroppings will help create a natural environment for your fish.
Clay flowerpots can also make good caves.Labeotropheus fuelleborni. Both come from East Africa's rift valley both are cichlids, both inhabit the same hard alkaline water so why shouldn't they be kept together?Lake Tanganyika Cichlids in the Wild: People and places
The two lake are actually very different in many ways. Despite popular opinion the water of Lake Malawi isn't really all that hard. The water of Lake Tanganyika is extremely mineral rich and the fish found there of which a large proportion are endemic need to be kept in similar water if they are to thrive in captivity.
The use of mineral supplements and trace elements is highly recommended for these fish. Julidochromis regani from Lake Tanganyika. Lake Malawi has two basic types of cichlid, Mbuna and Haps. The mbuna are small usually up to around 6" and live their lives in the same small location among the rocks and stones. They do not venture out in to open water. The haps on the other hand are fish of the open water and tend to keep well way from the more aggressive mbuna.
Most haps and mbuna are mouth brooders. This means that they don't need to defend a large territory on order to raise a family. So only small temporary breeding sites are claimed where the fish can spawn. Mbuna tend to be very aggressive and even the most peaceful of them cannot be maintained as a pair in their own tank.
Mbuna need to be kept in a fairly crowded situation and this makes them overcome their natural aggression because there is to much competition for a single male to take on. If they are kept to crowded it will result in stress and the fish won't thrive, if there are to few fish it will result in aggression as a dominant male will try to rule the tank. Somewhere in between is the magic number where there is little or no aggression and the fish thrive.
As a rough guide the stocking level should be around 1. This relatively high stocking used to control aggression only works with mbuna. It does not work with haps or any other fish. The fish of Lake Tanganyika on the whole tend not to be mouth brooders although a few are. Most require a permanent territory which they will defend in order to make it safe for them to raise a family there.
In order to control aggression with Tanganyikan fish try making different niches with in the tank. A rocky area, an open area of floor with a group of shells, open water and even a planted area to represent the vallis beds.
Then stock the tank with a few fish from each of the different niches so that there is less competition for the same area in the tank. Crowding these fish will simply lead to stressed fish and possibly more aggression. With the fish coming from different water chemistries and requiring very different maintenance and care it generally isn't a good idea to mix the two in the same aquarium.
Mbuna - are generally very colourful and some even rival marine fish.The lake holds at least species of cichlid fish and non-cichlid species, most of which live along the shoreline down to a depth of approximately metres ft. Many species of cichlids from lake Tanganyika are popular fish among aquarium owners due to their bright colors.
Recreating a lake Tanganyika biotope to host those cichlids in an habitat similar to their natural environment is also popular in the aquarium hobby. Tanganyika cichlids are a group of African cichlids from the Great Rift Valley region. All Tanganyika cichlids are native to lake Tanganyika and many species are endemic to the lake.
Lake Tanganyika comprises three main biotopes: the first one is the bottom which is covered in empty snail shell, the second consists of underwater reefs and the rocky shorelines that encircle the lake, and the third biotope is the large open water areas.
Tanganyika cichlids are found in all three biotopes and the different species have adapted to these various environments. When you keep Tanganyika cichlids in your aquarium it is therefore advisable to find out which biotope they belong to in the wild, since a rock living Tanganyika cichlid have other preferences than a shell dweller and so on. The water chemistry will however be the same in the entire lake and the water temperature is stable.
If you keep Tanganyika cichlids that inhabit regions where rivers and streams empty into lake Tanganyika, they can appreciate a somewhat different water quality but these variations are generally quite small.
Since lake Tanganyika is a large lake the environment is very stable and lake Tanganyika cichlids are not used to rapid changes. The vastness of the lake also means that any pollution will be diluted. Strive to keep the levels of ammonia and nitrite at zero, and do not allow the nitrate to reach above 20 ppm. The pH should ideally be in the 7.
Lake Tanganyika is more than meters deep, which means that it is the second deepest lake in the world. It is also a very old lake. Faulting and tectonic processes in the earth's surface created lake Tanganyika million years ago. Since the lake is so old, the species that inhabits the lake have had a long time to specialize and develop into new species.
Today, there are over known endemic fish species in lake Tanganyika. Since Lake Tanganyika has not been thoroughly explored yet, scientists suspect that they will find even more new species here in the future.
Among the cichlids, the level of specialization is remarkable and 98 percent of the known cichlid species in lake Tanganyika can be found nowhere else in the world. Lake Tanganyika cichlids belong to over different genera and they have adapted to all possible environments within the lake. Tanganyika cichlids claim territories before they breed, and keeping them in a small and crowded aquarium is therefore unadvisable. You can keep lake Tanganyika cichlids in a community aquarium, but you should always make sure that they have enough space.Lake Malawi is the home of more species of fish than any other lake in the worldincluding over species of cichlids.
Lake Malawi is one of the three rift lakes of Eastern Africa, along with Lake Tanganyika and Lake Victoria, and stretches miles from north to south. It is the 9th largest lake in the world and is located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. Many common and rare aquarium species of African cichlids call Lake Malawi home. The species relevant to the aquarium hobbyist belong to the haplochromine group. The haplochromine group can be further divided into two main groups; the open water and sand dwelling species whose males display brilliant coloration while the females are most often silvery and the rock-dwelling mbuna where both males and females tend to be brightly colored.
For the non-chemists in the room, this means the water is hard and alkaline.
Fortunately, this corresponds well with tap water around many regions of North America. If your municipal water already meets these parameters, then African cichlids from Lake Malawi may be ideal fish for you. All Malawian cichlids are considered aggressive, and do not belong in a community tank.
Normally, they should only be kept with other African cichlids of similar temperament, with a few notable exceptions that include some species of hardy catfish. All Lake Malawi species are maternal mouthbrooders, which means that when breeding, the female scoops up the eggs and holds them in her mouth for several weeks — in fact until well after the fry have hatched. This makes their fry larger and more capable of surviving on their own once released.
Fry and juveniles are uniformly silver, and this coloration remains in the females. Males, particularly the dominant males, develop vivid and striking colors — most often in brilliant blues, but often also with bright red or yellow present depending on the species, which is related to their geographic location in the lake.
Technically Protomelas taeniolatus, the Red Empress is a fish closely related to the Auloncara species but is a little deeper bodied. Similar to the peacocks, only the males display their brilliant coloration, with bright red on neon blue, and these colors are most pronounced when they are attempting to breed.
Sand dwellers by nature, the Nimbochromis species such as Nimbochromis Venustus abovenotable for its giraffe-like spots, are larger, predatory cichlids. Caeruleus are a very common Lake Malawian cichlid, and in many ways are an ideal starter species for the aspiring African cichlid hobbyist. Both males and females are bright yellow in color with black fins, and so are their fry. Dominant males develop larger black markings on their fins as well as often showing multiple false egg spots on their anal fins that aid in the mouthbrooding behaviors.
As Africans go, yellow labs are quite mild and are better tank-mates to more peaceful species than most. Acei is another fish where both males and females display brilliant coloration; in this case deep purple bodies and bright yellow fins. Males tend to be larger and thicker than females, and also display multiple egg spots. These fish are another species that is very easy to breed in a moderately sized aquarium. It is a moderately aggressive species and can be kept with species that are either more peaceful or more belligerent than they are.
This gorgeous species is a little harder to find in many fish stores, but is highly sought after.