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by ciclasoman
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: Madagascar Cichlids
Topic: Noise and vibration affect Paretroplus parental behavior
Replies: 9
Views: 6180

Re: Noise and vibration affect Paretroplus parental behavior

Thanks for the feedback. This is not a controlled experiment but an observation. I have more than 15 years maintaining Paretroplus. I can tell you with certainty that 100% of the time the eggs would get eaten shortly after spawning. I have ceased to collect the eggs because people are no longer inte...
by ciclasoman
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Madagascar Cichlids
Topic: Noise and vibration affect Paretroplus parental behavior
Replies: 9
Views: 6180

Re: Noise and vibration affect Paretroplus parental behavior

A night light does help, thanks for the suggestion. Here is another video, 1 month after spawn and now another pair is guarding their wigglers
https://youtu.be/QBF2bFcauRU
by ciclasoman
Thu Sep 13, 2018 8:10 am
Forum: Madagascar Cichlids
Topic: Noise and vibration affect Paretroplus parental behavior
Replies: 9
Views: 6180

Noise and vibration affect Paretroplus parental behavior

Paretropline cichlids have swimming bladder modifications that depending on the species increase hearing abilities. This is the case for the deep bodied (lacustrine) group to which menarambo belongs. In previous years I would closely observe spawns to remove them as in most occasions the parents wou...
by ciclasoman
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Madagascar Cichlids
Topic: Anyone can guess the collection point on these Paratilapia Polleni Bleekeri cichlids?
Replies: 3
Views: 1310

Re: Anyone can guess the collection point on these Paratilapia Polleni Bleekeri cichlids?

Second that response- polleni and bleekeri are two separate species. Both have large spots- the issue with identifying preserved polleni is that in alcohol, the spots shrink in size. I agree that this is probably an East coast species. Best bet is to reach out to your suplier for the location of ori...
by ciclasoman
Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:54 pm
Forum: Other African Cichlids
Topic: Sometimes a new home gets fish spawning, Pterochromis congicus
Replies: 1
Views: 807

Sometimes a new home gets fish spawning, Pterochromis congicus

I had to move an adult trip from the garage to an inside tank, similar dimensions 200 gallons, it wasn’t long for a pair to form and produce a large plaque of eggs. I hope the eggs hatch and survive me 😅. Anyhow, not much is known about the husbandry of this fish so all I can say is that they are fa...
by ciclasoman
Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:25 pm
Forum: Madagascar Cichlids
Topic: Paretroplus nourissati tips for success
Replies: 0
Views: 900

Paretroplus nourissati tips for success

Lamena (Paretroplus nourissati) is a fantastic looking cichlid from Madagascar that offfers a myriad of flexible community tank arrrangemets. Most people would probably not agree with my previous statement but years of trying to get these fish to breed have shown me a thing or two about this gorgeou...
by ciclasoman
Mon Sep 18, 2017 12:32 pm
Forum: Madagascar Cichlids
Topic: Paretroplus menarambo primer
Replies: 1
Views: 830

Paretroplus menarambo primer

Much has been written about this species, however, many folks have a multitude of questions regarding the care of this marine looking jewel. The looks are hipnotizing only to be accentuated by its most peculiar behavior. With a body reminiscent of damsel fish, the graceful menarambo occupies a uniqu...
by ciclasoman
Fri Sep 15, 2017 3:13 pm
Forum: Madagascar Cichlids
Topic: Paretroplus kieneri slow growth
Replies: 1
Views: 849

Re: Paretroplus kieneri slow growth

Wow, I miss the old-fashion forums!!! Great question Michael- Paretroplines grow slowly in general- kieneri happens to be one of the smaller species so it's growth is also slow- there are instances whereby a dominant fish will grow twice the pace of its conspecifics. So generally speaking expect 1/2...
by ciclasoman
Tue Sep 16, 2014 1:13 pm
Forum: Madagascar Cichlids
Topic: Paretroplas maculatus
Replies: 4
Views: 1962

Re: Paretroplas maculatus

Great addition Ryan!!! Paretroplus are relatively undemanding except for ample space as they grow large. This species is very active and curious, they will spend time searching in the substrate so a sandy substrate is good to have. The essential rule with all Malagasy cichlids arises from the lack o...
by ciclasoman
Tue Aug 12, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: Other African Cichlids
Topic: Heterochromis multidens at home
Replies: 6
Views: 4189

Re: Heterochromis multidens at home

I can't speak on behalf of Oliver but if you are really interested, I suggest you email him. Whenever I had placed an order for these fish, the costs for shipping and import fees really add up. This is a more recent picture of my fish, their temperament is very calm despite almost reaching 10 inches...
by ciclasoman
Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:47 pm
Forum: Madagascar Cichlids
Topic: Paretroplus nourissati spawn, a 4 year journey
Replies: 2
Views: 1909

Paretroplus nourissati spawn, a 4 year journey

Greetings I am happy to have a second spawn of this gorgeous fish in a fish tank. I started over 4 year ago with a group of 9 lamena and over the years the group dwindled to a pair, some fish were victims of a mated pair of Theraps wesseli, a couple were testing gravity and life outside the tank. In...
by ciclasoman
Mon Apr 21, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: Madagascar Cichlids
Topic: Paretroplus kieneri & Katria katria
Replies: 1
Views: 1669

Re: Paretroplus kieneri & Katria katria

Hi Yann
Katria has vanished from the US. Paretroplus kieneri is being produced by Laif Demason Old World exotic farms in Florida. I have a few adult kieneri but have not had fry in at least 12 months.
The best way to have consistent breeding is to place them in ponds.
by ciclasoman
Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:11 am
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: Amphilophus macracanthus coloring up
Replies: 8
Views: 3829

Re: Amphilophus macracanthus coloring up

This fish really turned out to be Paratheraps breidohri, in the tank they look amazing as they have a gorgeous iridescent shine. I learnt quite a bit about regional color variations of this species, thanks to all that posted here. http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa298/ciclasoman/null_zpsca7c2488....
by ciclasoman
Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:52 pm
Forum: Other African Cichlids
Topic: Heterochromis multidens at home
Replies: 6
Views: 4189

Re: Heterochromis multidens at home

Nice, hope you have lots of luck with them I once read, on a Dutch forum, these fish are quite agressive amongst themselves, even when small. So you might want to verify you haqve sufficient shelter in their tank Thank you for the feedback, so far they seem very gentle. I bet when breeding this get...
by ciclasoman
Thu Aug 22, 2013 11:50 am
Forum: Other African Cichlids
Topic: Heterochromis multidens at home
Replies: 6
Views: 4189

Heterochromis multidens at home

I want to share a few pictures of these fish as they grow and hopefully spawn in the years to come, I'm optimistic. These fish just arrived thanks to Oliver Lucanus. The colony members range from about 1.5 inches to about 5. Sexual dimorphism is becoming noticeable, males have blue eyes and a nuchal...
by ciclasoman
Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: Paraneetroplus cf fenestratus 'Lago Catemaco' Spawning
Replies: 1
Views: 1005

Re: Paraneetroplus cf fenestratus 'Lago Catemaco' Spawning

Lovey pair Jim.. I have been meaning to visit the lake as it is known for gorgeous surroundings, hopefully before the end of the year.
Saludos
by ciclasoman
Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Asian Cichlids
Topic: If "Cute" Counts For Anything ...
Replies: 9
Views: 7865

Re: If "Cute" Counts For Anything ...

Hi Jim
I know of no other cichlid as animated and cute as this species, I'm glad you got them in good health.
Saludos
by ciclasoman
Wed Aug 07, 2013 10:11 pm
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: Amphilophus macracanthus coloring up
Replies: 8
Views: 3829

Re: Amphilophus macracanthus coloring up

Those hybrids are interesting but one can definitely appreciate the similarity with zonatus or even hartwegi. The fish we collected were from a river where this was the only occurring cichlid. I will post more pictures once they are sexually mature. My feeling is that it may be a species complex of ...
by ciclasoman
Sun Aug 04, 2013 3:09 pm
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: Amphilophus macracanthus coloring up
Replies: 8
Views: 3829

Re: Amphilophus macracanthus coloring up

Nice pictures and video. I appreciate your comments. The river where these fish were collected was a fast flowing river east of Presa La Angostura. There were no other cichlids in this river, however, one specimen was caught in the Rio Grijalva along with small tilapia. This fish is most reminiscent...
by ciclasoman
Sun Aug 04, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: Central American Cichlids
Topic: Amphilophus macracanthus coloring up
Replies: 8
Views: 3829

Amphilophus macracanthus coloring up

I am happy to post a few pictures of this fish which is rarely seen in cichlid forums. These guys are wild and around 5-6 inches long. Some are acquiring a pink coloration to their breast and opercula. Their disposition is mild and apparently are slow growers but compared to my Paretroplines, they s...

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