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Babes In The Cichlid Hobby Tanganyika Tour - 2002

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Pam Chin, 2002

Classification: People and associations, Lake Tanganyika.

Group Shot

Ad Konings Tanganyikan Zafari 2002 fearless explorers group shot in a London pub. Left to right: Rusty Wessel, Caroline Estes, Steve Lundblad, Pam Marsh, Eric Hanneman and Pam Chin.

In the early spring of 2001 I went on my first collecting trip and had the time of my life. I wanted to go somewhere again with my cichlid die-hard friends. I didn't have a specific site in mind, I just knew that I wanted to experience the fish in the wild and have that camaraderie with my friends again.

We were waiting for the guys to make up their minds where we would go next or whether there would even be a next time. We found ourselves crying on Ad's shoulder, he gave us a big eye roll and said, "Girls, if you want to go on a fish trip, come with me to Lake Tanganyika, in the fall of 2002."

It didn't take long for the word to get out that we were planning an "Ad adventure," and the very boys we were begging to go with the day before were now begging Ad to go with us. Isn't that ironic! And so the BITCH Tour, Tanganyika 2002, was set.

What follows is our schedule and the sites that we had the opportunity to visit, along with a notes from my diary. There will be many articles written about this adventure by all the participants, for this publication as well as others. A goal that we all shared was to record the species that we would see each day, but we had no idea that there would be this many. In the beginning we tried to write down every thing that we saw, but as the days went on it turned in to be what species were the most exciting at each site. At the end of each day we compared notes, and it was not unusual for everyone to come up with different lists of species, there was just too much to see.

September 26, 2002, Thursday

Flight to London.

September 27, 2002, Friday

London

We went to the British Museum where we wanted to see a Mayan exhibit. The boys needed a little new world before we headed to the old world!

September 28, 2002, Saturday

London to Lusaka Zambia

September 29, 2002 Sunday

Truck ride to Lusaka to Mpulungu

September 30, 2002 Monday

Toby's Place

The boat

"The Boat" Our mode of transportation. Photo by Rusty Wessel.

"Having been to México where two or three species is the norm, and seeing 8 - 10 species of cichlids in a river is an exceptional day, I was unprepared for the final count, when we added it up, there were over 50 species of cichlids alone, just off the beach, at Toby's Kalambo Lodge." -Eric Hanneman

Altolamprologus compressiceps
Altolamprologus fasciatus
Aulonocranus dewindti
Boulengerochromis microlepis
Callochromis macrops
Chalinochromis brichardi
Ctenochromis horei
Cyathopharynx foae
Cyathopharynx furcifer
Cyprichromis leptosoma "jumbo"
C. sp. "leptosoma grandiosus"
Eretmodus cyanostictus
Haplotaxodon microlepis
Interochromis loocki
Julidochromis ornatus
Lamprologus ocellatus
Lamprologus caudopunctatus
Lepidiolamprologus attenuatus
Lepidiolamprologus elongatus
Lepidiolamprologus lemairii
Limnotilapia dardennei
Lobochilotes labiatus
Mastacembelus sp.
Neolamprologus christyi
Neolamprologus cunningtoni
Neolamprologus cylindricus
Neolamprologus furcifer
Neolamprologus modestus
Neolamprologus pulcher
Neolamprologus savoryi
Neolamprologus sexfasciatus
Neolamprologus tetracanthus
Ophthalmotilapia nasuta
Ophthalmotilapia ventralis "blue"
Oreochromis tanganicae
Paracyprichromis brieni
Perissodus straeleni
Petrochromis ephippium
Petrochromis famula
Petrochromis fasciolatus
Petrochromis sp. "orthognathus tricolor"
Plecodus paradoxus
Plecodus straeleni
Pseudosimochromis curvifrons
Simochromis diagramma
Simochromis marginatus
Simochromis babaulti
Telmatochromis brichardi
Telmatochromis temporalis
Tropheus moorii "rainbow"
Variabilichromis moorii
Xenotilapia flavipinnis
Xenotilapia sima
Xenotilapia spilopterus

October 1, 2002 Tuesday

Dupes Place

Each day we had the chance to go out on the boat with Ad to a different site. Dupes place was just south of Toby's. We loaded up the boat and met our drivers who would go with us every day, Louis and Adon. The water was not as clear as in the front of Toby's place, but we still wanted to get in and snorkel around. We thought if we got out a little further it would clear up some, but it didn't. We found ourselves along a grassy edge, towards the point, where the boys were diving. We could see some fish, but it was hard to say exactly what they were. I was right behind Pam, when all of a sudden she jumped up straight out of the water and yelled, "SNAKE!" That was enough snorkeling for today!!

Altolamprologus compressiceps
Altolamprologus fasciatus
Asprotilapia leptura
Callochromis macrops
Ctenochromis horei
Cyathopharynx furcifer
Cyphotilapia frontosa
Cyprichromis leptosoma
Cyprichromis leptosoma "jumbo"?
Eretmodus cyanostictus
Julidochromis marlieri
Julidochromis ornatus
Lepidiolamprologus attenuatus
Lepidiolamprologus elongatus
Lobochilotes labiatus
Neolamprologus buescheri
Neolamprologus cylindricus
Neolamprologus savoryi
Neolamprologus tetracanthus
Paracyprichromis brieni
Perissodus microlepis
Petrochromis ephippium
Plecodus paradoxus
Plecodus straeleni
Pseudosimochromis curvifrons
Simochromis diagramma
Telmatochromis brichardi
Telmatochromis temporalis
Tropheus moorii "kalambo"
Variabilichromis moorii
Xenotilapia flavipinnis
Xenotilapia sima
Xenotilapia sp. "papillio sunflower"
Xenotilapia spilopterus
Ad Konings

Our fearless leader, Ad Konings. Photo by Rusty Wessel.

October 2, 2002, Wednesday

Kasakalawe

It was shallow and I could see the fish clearly, it was easy for me to I.D. the Tropheus and Petrochromis. I knew that there were tons of eels in Lake Tanganyika, and I was a little worried that I would confuse them with a snake, and freak myself out. But, that wasn't the case, I saw eels for the first time, and it was obvious that they were eels and not snakes. The bottom looked like the inside of some ones aquarium. Many round rocks, almost like river rocks, with smaller rocks all the way down to the size of gravel and in between. Pam and I both jumped out of the water when we saw our first Julidochromis ornatus, all right I thought, that was my target fish, how exciting is this!!

Altolamprologus compressiceps
Cyathopharynx furcifer
Eretmodus cyanostictus
Julidochromis ornatus
Lamprologus callipterus
Lepidiolamprologus elongatus
Lepidiolamprologus lemairii
Lobochilotes labiatus
Neolamprologus caudopunctatus
Neolamprologus modestus
Neolamprologus pulcher
Neolamprologus savoryi
Neolamprologus sexfasciatus
Neolamprologus tetracanthus
Ophthalmotilapia ventralis
Petrochromis sp.
Plecodus straeleni
Telmatochromis vittatus
Tropheus moorii "Mpulungu"
Variabilichromis moorii
Xenotilapia flavipinnis
Xenotilapia sima
Xenotilapia spilopterus

2nd Dive off shore from Toby's

Boulengerochromis microlepis

October 3, 2002, Thursday

Chituta

Louis popped back in the boat with his net full of fish, he never had a problem getting back in the boat, and I credited that to lots of practice. Caroline and I both moved to the aft, to take a look at his catch, which we were sure, was going home with him for dinner. There was a mustax sticking out of the bucket like a sore thumb, it was probably bright yellow in the water, but in this bucket it was nearly fluorescent orange, unbelievable. He also had some Tropheus, a huge Petrochromis, lemairii, etc.

Benthochromis tricoti
Cyphotilapia frontosa
Cyprichromis leptosoma
Cyprichromis leptosoma "Jumbo"
Cyprichromis sp. Zebra
Julidochromis ornatus
Lamprichthys tanganicanus
Lamprologus caudopunctatus
Lepidiolamprologus elongatus
Lepidiolamprologus kendalli
Lepidiolamprologus lemairii
Limnochromis abeelei
Lobochilotes labiatus
Neolamprologus buescheri
Neolamprologus mustax "orange"
Neolamprologus nigriventris
Neolamprologus pulcher
Neolamprologus savoryi
Gnathochromis permaxillaris
Paracyprichromis brieni
Paracyprichromis nigripinnis "blue neon"
Perissodus microlepis
Petrochromis sp.
Plecodus straeleni
Triglachromis otostigma
Tropheus moorii "orange cheek"
Xenotilapia sima
Xenotilapia sp. "papillio sunflower"
Xenotilapia spilopterus

October 4,2002, Friday

Dupes South Side & Gang Snorkel at Toby's

It is another bloody fricking day in paradise! Man could I get used to this, getting up around 9:30 - 10:00 every morning. Moving from my bed to my chair on the deck and listening to the waves hit the beach. No phones, no TV, no tinners or plumbers. It was heaven!

Cyathopharynx furcifer
Julidochromis ornatus
Xenotilapia sp. "papillio sunflower"

October 5, 2002, Saturday

Muzi, Kambwimba-Tanzania

The plan was to go to Tanzania today , and we stopped at Muzi to see immigration for Visa's so we could dive. We wandered around this Tanzanian village with lots of children, while our leader was stuck in a tea room with our passports negotiating a couple of dives for us, we can only imagine what they are thinking. rich Americans... but for some reason I have no fear with Ad - only complete trust... although I am bit worried that he is not coming with us to Lusaka on the return trip... Back in the boat we continued south for a while and turned into a cove, and set the anchor. This was Kambwimba home of the daffodil and the red rainbow Tropheus and it was quite beautiful! Even though I was snorkeling I thought I saw a frontosa, and couldn't believe it but Ad said they were actually Plecodus straeleni the fish that mimics frontosa.. they were doing a good job of it!

Altolamprologus compressiceps "gold head"
Asprotilapia leptura
Aulonocranus dewindti
Benthochromis tricoti
Cyathopharynx foae
Cyphotilapia frontosa
Cyprichromis sp.
Enantiopus melanogenys
Eretmodus cyanostictus
Giraffe Catfish
Julidochromis ornatus
Julidochromis marlieri
Lamprichthys tanganicanus
Lamprologus caudopunctatus
Lepidiolamprologus kendalli
Lepidiolamprologus lemairii
Limnotilapia dardennei
Lobochilotes labiatus
Neolamprologus cylindricus
Neolamprologus modestus
Neolamprologus prochilus
Neolamprologus pulcher "daffodil"
Neolamprologus savoryi
Neolamprologus sexfasciatus
Ophthalmotilapia nasuta
Ophthalmotilapia ventralis
Paracyprichromis nigripinnis
Perissodus microlepis
Petrochromis sp.
Plecodus straeleni
Pseudosimochromis curvifrons
Synodontis petricola
Tropheus moorii "Red Rainbow"
Variabilichromis moorii
Xenotilapia flavipinnis
Xenotilapia sp. "papillio sunflower"

October 6, 2002, Sunday

Kantalamba - Tanzania

The boys weren't gone for very long and came back telling stories of seeing monkeys humping and Benthochromis, they were excited to say the least.

Altolamprologus fasciatus
Asprotilapia leptura
Benthochromis tricoti
Cyprichromis leptosoma
Gnathochromis permaxillaris
Haplotaxodon microlepis
Lamprichthys tanganicanus
Lepidiolamprologus elongatus
Lepidiolamprologus kendalli
Lepidiolamprologus lemairii
Limnochromis auritus
Lobochilotes labiatus
Neolamprologus bifasciatus
Neolamprologus obscurus
Neolamprologus pulcher
Neolamprologus sexfasciatus
Neolamprologus sp. "vealli"
Ophthalmotilapia ventralis
Paracyprichromis brieni
Petrochromis ephipp
Petrochromis famula
Petrochromis polydon
Plecodus straeleni
Variabilichromis moorii
Telmatochromis temporalis

2nd Dive - Off Toby's

Boulengerochromis microlepis

October 7, 2002, Monday

Death March - Kalambo Falls

If I am ever in a room with these people again and I say the words "hike to Kalambo Falls," we will laugh until our sides ache. This along with the truck ride will only get funnier as time goes by. The Death March will now be called the Death Marsh, as we nearly lost our Pammy Marsh on this "Ad" adventure.

Death march
Death march. Photo by Rusty Wessel.

October 8, 2002, Tuesday

Cape Kachese, Cape Nangu

There is no way I can sit in the boat for 10 plus hours, knowing that in a few days, I have a 16 hour truck ride, and I have just nearly killed myself the day before on what was supposed to be a 3 hour hike. I had a little guilt for not going on this trip across the lake, I really enjoyed being in the boat and going across the water, but 10 hours, I don't think so. We knew they would come back to the lodge if only for one reason, and that would be: beer!

Cape Kachese

Altolamprologus calvus
Altolamprologus compressiceps
Chalinochromis brichardi
Cunningtonia longiventralis
Cyprichromis leptosoma
Cyprichromis leptosoma "jumbo"
Julidochromis dickfeldi
Julidochromis regani
Lamprologus callipterus
Lamprologus caudopunctatus
Lepidiolamprologus attenuatus
Lepidiolamprologus elongatus
Neolamprologus brichardi
Neolamprologus buescheri
Neolamprologus cunningtoni
Neolamprologus modestus
Neolamprologus mustax "blue"
Neolamprologus obscurus
Neolamprologus sexfasciatus
Perissodus microlepis
Plecodus straeleni
Ophthalmotilapia nasuta "butterball"
Ophthalmotilapia ventralis
Paracyprichromis brieni
Variabilichromis moorii
Xenotilapia sima
Xenotilapia spilopterus

Nangu

"Underwater it was a wonder world. Almost everything had fry, or was in a large school. The bottom was at 71 feet, and the visibility was unbelievable. For the first time we could see the large predators that normally swam just out of view, away from the reef, including Boulengerochromis, Tiger Fish and Bathybates." - Eric Hanneman

Altolamprologus calvus
Altolamprologus compressiceps
Aulonocranus dewindti
Boulengerochromis microlepis
Bathybates fasciatus
Chalinochromis brichardi
Cunningtonia longiventralis
Cyphotilapia frontosa
Cyprichromis leptosoma "jumbo"
Enantiopus melanogenys
Eretmodus sp.
Grammatortria lemairii
Haplotaxodon microlepis
Julidochromis regain
Lamprologus callipterus
Lamprologus caudopunctatus
Lepidiolamprologus attenuatus
Lepidiolamprologus elongatus
Lepidiolamprologus kendalli
Lepidiolamprologus lemairii
Microdontochromis rotundiventralis
Neolamprologus brichardi
Neolamprologus cunningtoni
Neolamprologus buescheri
Neolamprologus mustax
Neolamprologus obscurus
Neolamprologus savoryi
Neolamprologus sexfasciatus
Neolamprologus tetracanthus
Ophthalmotilapia nasuta
Ophthalmotilapia ventralis
Oreochromis tanganicae
Paracyprichromis brieni
Petrochromis polyodon
Telmatochromis brichardi
Telmatochromis temporalis
Tropheus moorii
Variabilichromis moorii
Xenotilapia flavipinnis
Xenotilapia sima
Xenotilapia spilopterus

October 9, 2002, Wednesday

Mbita

The boys are going to Mbita today and leaving around 11:00 am to check out shell dwellers. Ad said the snorkeling is not good here. So I am staying on the deck today, which is fine with me. It is so peaceful and I am on vacation damn it!

Altolamprologus faciatus
Cyathopharynx foae
Cyphotilapia frontosa
Lamprologus callipterus
Lamprologus calliurus
Lamprologus multifasciatus
Lepidiolamprologus elongatus
Lepidiolamprologus hecqui
Lepidiolamprologus kendalli
Lepidiolamprologus lemairii
Lobochilotes labiatus
Neolamprologus cylindricus
Neolamprologus pulcher
Neolamprologus mustax
Petrochromis macrognathus
Telmatochromis brichardi
Telmatochromis temporalis
Tropheus moorii
Variabilichromis moorii
Xenotilapia spilopterus
View from our deck of Lake Tanganyika
View from our deck of Lake Tanganyika. Photo by Rusty Wessel.

October 10, 2002, Thursday

Gombe

Today on the agenda was Gombe, a 2-1/2 hour boat ride, which means 5 hours round trip, and tomorrow night is the truck ride back to Lusaka. I couldn't do it, I decided I better finish reading my book, catch up on my diary, and cherish the last moments of being with Pam and Caroline. I could sit on this porch forever; I really do believe I am in paradise. We keep talking about when we should come back, truck ride or no truck ride; it was worth it to have two weeks on this most impressive lake. I was happy to just listen to the waves and watch the locals paddle by.

Chalinochromis brichardi
Cyprichromis sp.
Julidochromis marlieri "gombe"
Neolamprologus buescheri
Neolamprologus furcifer
Neolamprologus mustax
Neolamprologus pulcher
Neolamprologus savoryi
Ophthalmotilapia ventralis
Paracyprichromis nigripinnis
Tropheus moorii
Xenotilapia spilopterus
Xenotilapia sp. "papillio gombe

October 11, 2002, Friday

Toby's Place

October 12, 2002, Saturday

Hitchhiking in the Congo

We could smell the clutch disintegrating and it wasn't long before it was over, there were no more gears left. We coasted in to a wide spot in the road where a school was. We looked at each other and we looked at our pile of luggage, and knew that there was no way; we were going to be able to find someone who could take all of us. The thought of splitting up was not something we wanted to do in the middle of Africa.

We walked up the road a ways, because there was a curve, and we wanted to make sure any on coming vehicles saw us before the turn. Eric pointed to the trees in the bush on the West side of the road at a metal sign that was obviously a territorial statement. He looked at me and said "Congo." This is closer than I want to be, I remember telling everyone at work and home not to worry, "it's not like I am going to be anywhere near the Congo."

October 13, 2002, Sunday.

London back to States.

BITCH Tour - Tanganyika 2002

  • Pam Chin - Sloughhouse, CA
  • Caroline Estes - Austin, TX
  • Pam Marsh - Durham, NC
  • Eric Hanneman - Eugene, OR
  • Ad Konings - El Paso, TX
  • Ian Kwon - Australia
  • Steve Lundblad - Portland, OR
  • Rusty Wessel - Louisville, KY
  • John Yull - Austin, TX
Transportation
Looking for a mechanic in the bush. Photo by Rusty Wessel.

Citation

Chin, Pam. (February 28, 2003). "Babes In The Cichlid Hobby Tanganyika Tour - 2002". Cichlid Room Companion. Retrieved on December 16, 2018, from: https://www.cichlidae.com/article.php?id=179.