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Summer is here and it is time to have some fun. However times are still tough and things change at a moment’s notice. Recently, Mireille (Brichard) Schreyen, a lifetime resident of Africa, was unexpectedly attacked from behind by a hippo in Burundi. Fortunately her dive tank prevented her from being crushed to death. She was flown to a Nairobi hospital where she received the medical attention required and survived the ordeal. Several weeks after the ordeal, she is now resting back at home in Burundi, still in a wheel chair. We wish her a speedy recovery! Life can change without notice. Be safe and enjoy.

Here’s “what’s new” on the cichlid scene:

Lake Tanganyika



After an absence for some years, Cyprichromis zonatus has again been collected and exported from Zambia. Formerly known as ‘Zebra Leptosoma’, this fish was a favorite among hobbyists years ago. Photo by A. Konings.

Spurred by the popularity of wild-caught Tropheus, importers have begun requesting its cousins, members of the genus Simochromis. Here S. babaulti; adults have been collected, along with sister species, in Zambia.

Specialty hobbyists that are fans of Petrochromis species have turned to P. famula variants. P. famula from Katete, Zambia, sports a yellowish dorsal fin and strongly contrasting bars when charged up. Photo by A. Konings.

An odd fish rarely encountered in any numbers in the lake, Neolamprologus prochilus is a smallish fish with a large trap-door mouth. While not especially colorful, the challenge would be to breed this miniature predator.




From Manda, Tanzania, is the smallish Metriaclima zebra, otherwise know as the ‘dwarf zebra’ or ‘zebra blue blaze’. Interestingly enough, females of this species can be white, OB white, pinkish-white, or OB pink. Who knows what selective breeding would bring? Photo by A. Konings.

Something not collected or exported before, Cynotilapia aurifrons from Luwino Reef, Malawi. This new, afra-like cichlid sports a black face and body, but with a golden yellow dorsal fin and forehead blaze. If it holds its color in the aquarium, it will be a favorite. Photo by A. Konings.
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