Dambas and Eels

The largest aquarium I keep is a 110-gallon with a semi-aggressive community of fish.  There are two species of dambas from Madagascar that I brought home from the ACA 2010 convention:  Paretroplus keineri and P. maculatus.  I really like the P. keineri.  It is a small species with an interesting mottled color pattern with red highlights on their faces.  They look like they have red noses!  P. maculatus is larger and more aggressive.  I had two, but the remaining specimen badgered the other so much that I found it a new home.  He does not bother the P. keineri, however, which are significantly smaller.  There are also two large eels from west Africa, Mastacembelus nigromarginatus.  I have had these eels for almost four years, and I have become very attached to them.  Eels have great personalities.  The other fish in the tank include some Cryptoheros cutteri cichlids, a group of panda barbs (Puntius fasciatus) and some giant danios (Devario malabaricus), all of which are dithers/targets for the dambas and eels.  The tanks is actually quite peaceful, and is one of the tanks I will watch for long periods of time.  Enjoy…

Pelvicachromis taeniatus ‘Njanje’

This is a really old video (about a year ago) shot with our Flip video camera.  The production is bad, but the subject is great.  I no longer have this fish (I really wish I still did).  Since I am learning this whole video-making art I thought I post this to remind myself of where I started.  This variety of P. taeniatus relatively new on the scene.  It was first collected in 2008 (I believe), and was not first exported from Cameroon until 2009.  When I was in Cameroon in February of 2009 we probably drove within 10 km of this population and never even new that they were there.  It is very similar to the Muyuka variety that is extinct in the wild, which is the variety that the finder of this Njanje location was hoping to rediscover.  The word is that the Njanje location is very small, so extensive collecting for export should be discouraged.  It is a very prolific strain, however, so if you have them keep on breeding them (and let me know wen you have some available).