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Dolphin Cichlid

Dolphin Cichlid Scientific Name: Cyrtocara moorii, Haplochromis moorii

Family : Cichlidae

Species Type : African Cichlids, Lake Malawi

Adult Size : 8 inches (cm)

Life Expectancy : 12 years

Habitat : East African Lake Malawi

Minimum Tank Size : 55 gallons

Temperament : Generally peaceful but may be territorial.

Diet & Nutrition : Carnivorous - prefers live foods or frozen
foods over flake or pellet foods.

Description : Cyrtocara moorii is a beautiful, mild-tempered fish that is a delight to keep. It is commonly known in the hobby as the Malawi Blue Dolphin, and was once classified as Haplochromis moorii. Now it is the only species belonging to the genus Cyrtocara. The nickname Blue Dolphin originates from the shape of its head � a nuchal hump and bill-like mouth � which resembles that of a dolphin. This fish is quite rare in Lake Malawi, although it has a very wide distribution. Notwithstanding, most exports come from Lumbaulo and Malombe. It has been in the hobby for several decades now, being first imported in 1968. In the wild, C. moorii displays a very unique feeding adaptation. Classified as a micro-predator, it follows close behind substrate-digging cichlids - like Taeniolethrinops praeorbitalis, Fossorochromis rostratus, and Mylochromis lateristriga � and feeds on the small edible organisms and particles that get stirred up behind them as they feed.
Tank Mate Compatibility: Other less aggressive malawi cichlids, synodontis catfish.

Dolphin Cichlid Breeding & Spawning: Not easy. Keep at least three females for each male. Frequent water changes are essential both for breeding and for the growth of the fry.

Determining Dolphin Cichlid Sex: Very hard to determine. The cranial lump occurs on both the male and the female.

Aquarium Region: All over

Dolphin Cichlid Diseases: None specific to species.

This Dolphin Cichlid profil...........

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Afra cichlid

The Dogtooth Cichlid Cynotilapia afra (previously Paratilapia afra) is a favorite for many cichlid aquarists because of their beautiful color patterns. They come in a variety of natural variations, depending on where they originate from, and can also change color depending on mood. The "excited" spawning colors of these Mbunas are very intense and make quite an interesting display.

This fish has many of the same wonderful qualities found in other African cichlids, but as its name suggests it is identified and distinguished because of its teeth. Its teeth are unicuspid rather than the bicuspid teeth seen in many cichlids of this size. The common name "dogtooth cichlid" is derived from its distinctive teeth. This is unique to just this genus and is a distinction sets it apart from all the other Lake Malawi Mbunas. In fact, in the genus name Cynotilapia the term 'Cyno' means 'dog' in latin. From its species name are derived the common names Afra Cichlid, Red Top Afra, and White Top Afra.

The Cynotilapia fish have a velvet richness to their coloration, and are very much like a the Melanochromis genus in both size and appearance. Though not really dwarf cichlids, these are all small sized African cichlids with attractive patternings. Some of these closely related Mbunas include the Auratus Cichlid M. auratus, Electric Blue Johanni M. johannii, and the Maingano M. cyaneorhabdos. Except for its teeth, he Dogtooth Cichlidalso very much like a smaller version of the Pseudotropheus and Maylandia zebra type cichlids. Some good examples are the Kenyi Cichlid M. lombardoi, Red Zebra Cichlid M. estherae, Bumblebee Mouthbrooder P. crabro, and Demanson's Cichlid P. demasoni.

The basic coloration of the male C. afra is a light blue with 7 strong black crossbands and eggspots on the anal fin, with the female being more of a blue-gray to slate gray. There are also many different color morphs and varieties in lavender, blue, light blue, yellow and everything in between. They can also have different coloring on the top band of their dorsal fin and some will have more bars than others. Interestingly, their vertical bars come and go depending on mood. Most males can turn their head and back coloring into an intense yellow gold as well, but even that depends on mood too.

This cichlid is generally easy to care for as long as its housing and dietary needs are met. A minimum 26 gallons would be needed for a pair. This fish is actually best kept in a small group however, and 55 gallon tank is necessary for harems consisting of one male and 3 females. An even larger aquarium will be needed if keeping it in a mixed cichlid community.

This is a robust species but it is territorial and will become quite quarrelsome, usually during spawning time. They can be kept with other Mbuna cichlids that are a little bigger, yet peaceful. Provide lots of passageways and caves formed with piles of rocks and robust vegetation. They will not bother tough plants. They eat a wide variety of foods and are typically easy to breed. Avoid cross breeding with similar cichlids to keep the strains pure. It is thought that even in the wild these fish hybridize.

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Red Devil Cichlid

The Red Devil Cichlid comes from Central America, namely Lake Nicaragua. The Red Devil Cichlid is perhaps one of the most appropriate common names of all fishes. It is called the "Red Devil Cichlid" because of it's aggressive behavior. If you're looking for a fish that will terrorize nearly any fish you put in the tank, then this fish is for you! There are many color varieties out there including red, white and variations having both colors. Maybe this is the result of cross breeding with other cichlids?

The Red Devil Cichlid is one fish that will redecorate the tank to it's liking. They love to dig and uproot plants, so you'll most likely end up taking the plants (plastic or real) out of the tank to prevent this. After they're done assaulting the other fish in the tank they like to retire to a peaceful cave they can call their own. All in a day's work, I guess. Seriously, this is one mean SOB that you don't want to keep with other smaller or less aggressive fish. Keep them singly or you may be able to keep them as a mated pair in a larger tank.

The Red Devil Cichlid will eat most everything you give them. This includes flakes, cichlid pellets, frozen foods, worms, crickets, and live feeder fish. Use caution when feeding feeder goldfish because of the disease element. Try to provide a balanced diet for them and not too much of the same foods all the time.

Males should be larger than females of the same age and may develop a nuchal hump on the head. They can be relatively easy to breed, provided that they get along. They will spawn on a flat rock and should be good parents, defending the fry until they are free swimming.

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Electric yellow cichlid

Mature male electric yellow cichlid
The electric yellow cichlid is a popular fresh water aquarium fish. It is a naturally occurring variant of Labidochromis caeruleus. endemic to the central western coastal region of Nkhata Bay in Lake Malawi in East Africa. It is the most popular African cichlid amongst aquarium hobbyists.[1] These fish are mouthbrooders; the female lays her eggs on the surface of rocks and then scoops them into her mouth where they brood for 18 days before being released.

The electric yellow cichlid is set apart from other African cichlids by its striking electric yellow coloration. Mature specimens flaunt contrasting weird black stripes and vertical bars to provide additional visual interest. The electric yellow African cichlid is also known colloquially as the yellow lab or electric yellow lab. Considered a newer species and referred to commercially as Labidochromis tanganicae, this cichlid lives in the waters of Lake Malawi between the islands of Charo and Mbowe. First displayed at Burundi in the early 1980s and exported from there, the electric yellow was mistakenly believed to come from Lake Tanganyika.

A peaceful and shy cichlid compared to other African cichlids, the electric yellow still displays distinct social and territorial behaviors. The electric yellow will act aggressively towards fish of similar body shape and color perceived to be competition for food and mates. The aquarium should include a sandy bottom, caves, and rocks.

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Koi Ponds that will add a bit of magic to your home
Living Art Aquarium showcased this Indoor Koi pond design that welcomes guests as soon as they step inside the home. The foyer is the perfect place to install your koi fish pond. And don’t forget the stepping stones to really get to experience it all. There’s something about the sharp edges of a home that blends well with the relaxing vibes that a pond naturally gives off a magical spaces to add to our homes.

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