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The Genus Steatocranus

Steatocranus

Introduction Steatocranus are an interesting group of fishes from a small genus comprising of nine species of rheophilic (living in flowing water) African cichlids. This genus is a personal favourite of mine ever since seeing my first photo of Steatocranus casuarius many years ago. All Steatocranus have reduced swim bladders which helps them to sink to the bottom and shelter ...

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How to Sex Rams

sexing ram cichlids

The German Blue Ram is a popular and colourful dwarf cichlid.  It has undergone color and body morphs resulting in new ram varieties.  Their scientific name is Mikrogeophagus ramirezi.  They were named after Manuel Ramirez, one of the first collectors and importers of German Blue Ram for the aquarium trade. However like their wild cousins, tank raised rams can thrive ...

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Tanganyikan Shell Dwellers

tanganyika shell dweller

Andy Rapson has previously written articles on Tanganyikan Shell Dwellers and here he gives us his definitive guide to keeping and breeding these fish. Introduction Lake Tanganyika is in an active volcanic region of East Africa. As a result the lake is very rich in minerals and the water is hard and alkaline with a pH of 8.6 to 9.5, a ...

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The Ram Cichlid, is it a good community fish?

ram cichlid

The Ram Cichlid, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, is quite frankly one of the most colourful tropical fish commonly available to buy. Colourful as it might be however, it is often thrown into community aquariums only to suffer unsuitable water conditions and a tank full of fish it finds terrifying. Let’s get our facts straight and discover the real Ram Cichlid. Mikrogeophagus ramirezi ...

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Labidochromis Caeruleus

Labidochromis Caeruleus

Making its mark on the aquarium trade and climbing up the Cichlid popularity tables to be the most commonly kept Malawi Cichlid could only have been achieved by the Labidochromis caeruleus. Also known as the electric yellow lab, its story is as brilliant as its yellow colouration. Prepare yourselves for a history lesson only a fishkeeper could appreciate. Joe Peart ...

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Apistogramma Agassizii, a dwarf that packs a punch

Apistogramma agassizii

A colourful, interesting fish that displays the mating behaviour that sets Cichlids apart? Yes please! Suitable for 60 cm tanks, the Apistogramma Agassizii, or Agassiz’s dwarf Cichlid fits the bill perfectly and here’s why: Joe Peart If you were to find this dwarf Cichlid outside of an aquarium, you would be in South America, probably with your head in the ...

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