former attempts to reproduce Iranocichla hormuzensis (described in DATZ 3/2002; 2/2004; 9/2004) by Schulz failed.
But in July 2005 I went to Iran and collected some 50 juveniles. I published an article about the trip in "Aquaristik Aktuell" 3/2006 (a german magazine). Depending on the copy rights I'll put an English translation online.
The fish live in extremely saline lakes and rivers (40-80 mS/ cm conductability, if americans understand this units
) also more than hundred kilometres away from the coast. As far as I could see there is no threat by heavy industrie or intensive agriculture. (As there is none of these two !!!)
In the beginning the fish where indeed extremely sensitive and an the first few days many died, but then I found the trick:
after reducing the salinity of the water to under 10 mS/cm the fish were stable. In this conditions they are extremely robust and there where no further losses.
In jannuary my father and me arrived reproducing Iranocichla, following some pictures, a further description can follow if there is intrest.
Anyone who want some of these beautiful, small, comparably peacefull chichlids has either come to Austria or to Iran. (both very beautiful places)
Sorry for my bad English.
a male 7 cm total length (in aquarium they don't seem to get much bigger)
babies of 1 cm TL (after leaving the mothers mouth)