I just singed up to Chichlid Room. Cause I try to figure out some stuff I ran into at work...
It might need a bit of explanation before I ask my questions.
I work as a keeper in Zürich Zoo in Switzerland. My area is a big tropic Madagascar-hall with lots of endemic plants and animals under one big roof.
So we have to take care of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and of cause marine- and freshwater fish.
There wasn`t much focus on Madagascan freshwaterfish before. With the headkeeper, and me as the second guy in charge, changing , the goal is to have no topics left on the side.
And with the arrival of 6 Paretroplus memerambo, few weeks ago, the whole dimension of pressure on endemic fish in Madagascar came into focus.
The pinestriped damba we keep in an 1000 liter tank and hopefully will be able to breed and spread when raised.
But in the main enclosure itself, we have 3 big filtrated pounds integrated. Witch hold Ptychochromis grandidieri, Bedotia geayi and 40-100 Paratilapia polleni (?).
The idea now is to make use of this huge pounds in the mid of Europe to breed and spread Madagascan fish. To connect to other Zoos and private keepers and support the survival of these very nice species.
This topic is brand new to me also I was always fascinated by cichides, I never have been deep into the hobby though.
My hope (after searching the net for solid answers for days now) is to get some answers to the following questions...
a) I tried to figure out witch species of Praratilapia we keep at all. But that leaded me into the jungle of Paratilapia sp. classification.
We got ours from 2 Zoos in Germany few years ago. Wuppertal and Leipzig. Wuppertal got theirs from a commercial trader.
What is bothering me now is: Do we have some relatively pure breed Paratilapia, worth to spread out? Or would we cause damage by giving away bastard fish?
So what do you think about that ? How important would it be to focus on a pure local form of Paratilapia, if you allready have maybe nearly 100 at hand?
b) I and our Fishcurator, Samuel Furrer, thinking to do some DNA research on our fish atm.
Is there any relayable resource available to compare our data to?
c) Looking through the www for few days now, leaves me with the impression that there where some very active ppl around posting stuff few years ago. Is the focus on Madagascar fish going back? Or who would be a person to contact, who is still deep into that topic and active atm ?
I feel like I just scratched the surface of something real big. And hope to get some help from ppl who focused on that for many years. Cause I need to split my focus up onto may topics.
Thanks so far.