I have been keeping my Iranocichla on salty water for two years, and I have now lost some of my adult ones. I have around 20 young Iranocichla from 1 to 3 cm. And last month, I made a 80% change of water, and I only used freshwater. Since I did that there have been no change in the behavior of the fish, therfor I will try and see what will happen later in their life, do they need salty water in order to spawn.
Some friends of mine and I received Iranocichla from Anton Lamboj about one year ago; they've spawned for me on a few occasions but were not very successful bringing up any fry. I'm attaching two images and hope they get through. I adjust the conductivity to avout 6000 microsiemens per centimeter using sodium chloride.
I suppose with the presence of fish in circles being what it is, there is little reason for others to attempt to go to southern Iran and bring back additional specimens? The thought of visiting Iran intrigues me.
Joe: I'm afraid Bas is right with his safety concerns. Do you have access to the article in which Hannes Svardal described his collecting trip to Iran? Send me a PM if interested. The article is written in German, but even if you don't speak German, the pictures are well worthwhile taking a look!
Talking about collecting trips. If you ever want to collect a rare (and endagered) species, a trip to Tunisia might be the way to go: Astatotilapia desfontainii.