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So, introducing myself...

Hi, I'm Shara, and I have a keen interest in keeping and breeding fish.

Currently I have a 3' Lake Malawi Cichlid Community tank with the following co-existing;

Metriaclima estherae x1 (Freddie, a full size male, who was dumped in a 2 litre ice-cream container one morning at the LFS I was working at at the time).

Cynotilapia afra Cobue x 4

Aulonocara jacobfreibergi x1 (He's about 6cm long and very well coloured considering his size)

Melanochromis sp maingano x1 (He's is the only member of a colony of Maingano I had for about a year, him being the only male, until he went on a rampage and killed all the females in the matter of a week, whilst I had absolutely no-where I could remove the remaining females to. Murphy's Law, if something can go wrong, it will go wrong, and at the worst possible time).

Nimbochromis venustus x1 (A female who was approx. 2 cm long when I got her and 3 other unfortunatley very unhealthy others from a friend who had no space for the remaining unexpected offspring of their own venestus. Approx. 8 months later she's looking wonderful and is about 15-20cm long now.)

Pseudotropheus acei Tanzania x 2 (Females, lovely fish, not particularly strong yellow on their fins, but very peaceful for rift lake cichlid's, probably my favourite fish in that tank).

Pseudotropheus zebra BBx2 (both males purchased as juveniles [about 1.5cm], both give the Maingano a run for his money in the aggression stakes).

I've previously kept and bred other rift lake cichlids incl. Melanochromis johanii (my first cichlid's), Cyrtocara moorii, Iodotropheus sprengerae,Labidochromis caeruleus,Melanochromis auratus,Nimbochromis livingstonii, Otopharynx lithobates, Pseudotropheus lombardoi, Pseudotropheus saulosi,Pseudotropheus socolofi.

Pelvicachromis pulcher, microgeophagus rameirzi, Aequidens rivulatus, Aequidens pulchera, and of course the ever popular Convict Cichlid, are others that I have kept and bred in the past.

Just set up a 2 foot for a pair of Apistogramma borellii I plan on getting some time in the near future.

I think that's it for now. :P

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Welcome Shara.... that sounds like a great African tank you have.... we had a bit of a discussion going on African cichlids last night trying to help Sarah stock a tank if you have a look at that thread... I started back into fish keeping with johanni's and other African cichlids... I'm sure you'll find the apisto's just as interesting and possibly a little more peaceful than a lively tank of Africans.....

One warning... you're going to get picture requests for your fish :)

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...we had a bit of a discussion going on African cichlids last night trying to help Sarah stock a tank if you have a look at that thread.

I'll have to take a look at that.

And this has prompted me to actually take some photo's of the tanks, which I hadn't done yet. Just got to crop them and then I'll upload a few. B-)

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My dominant male Afra Cobue;


The 3ft African Rift Lake Community (also has 5 Pakistani Loaches)


Freddie, my large male Red Zebra.


My grouchy maingano...


My Venestus...


My Zebra...


And this is the 2 foot I aqua-scaped 2 days ago, need to sort out some caves though, this will be for a pair of Apisto's, or possibly Pelivicachromis taeniatus.


Enjoy. :D

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