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Hemichromis cf. elongatus Super Red

In Hemichromis cf elongatus "Super Red" on November 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm

These guys are from Lac Mai-Ndombe in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Wild caught youngsters starting show some colour. They’re gonna look great if they pair off!

Male Hemichromis cf. elongatus "Lac Mai-Ndombe" - He's near the bottom of the pecking order in this tank so not showing much red.

Female is on her own and starting show some red.

These guys are not your average elongatus

This juvenile is about half the size of the other two


Unidentified Central American Cichlid

In Amatitlania siquia "Red Costa Rica" on November 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Found these while visiting a local heavy duty hobbyist. Interesting little Amatitlania sp? with reddish tail, orange-ish dorsal and anal fins, and tiny spots in some of the fins near the base.

These are supposed to be f1 from fish originally collected by Barry Mckee, but not sure where they were collected from.

UPDATE: I managed to contact Barry by email and he was kind enough to let me know that the parents of these fish were collected in 2003 in Costa Rica, just north of Tortuguero. Amatitlania siquia “Red Costa Rica” (in the video below, the cichlid is now settled in and is showing much more red than in the photos which were taken right after they were introduced to the tank).


The following photos were taken right after the fish were introduced to the tank. The fins all looked rusty red brown.

Dominant male of this unidentified Amatitlania sp.

Another male with the only female in the group

Another view of the dominant male

Amatitlania female

The third male least dominant of the group

Third male's barring looks more like the typical HRP that are available around here

Closer view of the female

Ripped Off?

In Uncategorized on November 5, 2011 at 6:41 am

Quite a few african cichlid species have more than one colour variant usually based on different collection points. Pundamilia nyererei is found in Lake Victoria and is a great example of this.. at least 8 or 9 colour variants are known from various locations around the lake. One of the nicest, reddest variants is found at Makobe Island.

Here are pix of the fish I picked up from a local breeder.. supposedly P. nyererei “Makobe Island”.. His tanks were unlit and the fish were scared so I couldn’t see the colour.. and was really basing my decision to pick them up on the seller’s knowledge.. which in hindsight was not wise on my part..

UPDATE: This cichlid has tentatively been identified as P. nyererei “Python Island” by one of the experts on the Cichlids of Victoria forum – a fantastic place to go if you’re into these cichlids –

Is it from Makobe Island?

Supposed to have a red dorsal fin.. Will it turn red at breeding time?

Dorsal fin looks blue with some reddish tints...

Nice fish.. not sure about pedigree...

This is supposed to be a P. nyererei Makobe Island female.. but the bars are too wide-spaced.. she's not looking even nyererei to me..