All About Malawi Cichlids

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  1. dash

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    Thanks for the document. A fantastic paper.
     
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    thank you,,very enlightening
     
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    It's my pleasure guys :)
     
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    Awesome paper, I hope you got an "A" for it?
     
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    Yes I did! It was a great topic but tough to find the info. My new topic is a bit more complicated: The value of a peri-urban conservancy- effects of varying levels of disturbance on small mammal populations. Basically trying to establish the value of riparian corridors to the survival of our wildlife in areas which are subjected to rapid urbanisation.
     
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    Wow shows my ignorance on the depth of biology, I did physiology.

    From reading that I think you are looking at the rat population? :) haha
     
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    Haha essentially I am but I am also looking at larger mammals like Jackal, Gennet, Hares, Porcupine etc. it's my Honours in Ecology project.
     
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    Thanks for reviving MTS. Now I need a cichlid tank. I only read the conclusion so far, but it has definitely awakened an interest in this species. WOW.. had no idea they were this interesting. And very pretty judging by the photos. I'm sure they must have been tweaked a little in photoshop though?
     
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    Haha @Broder sorry about the MTS but really everyone should keep Malawis at least once. With the correct lighting you'll be amazed at how pretty these fish are (without photoshop). While Malawi's are fascinating fish, they are aggressive and many people don't like seeing their fish attacking each other constantly so be aware of this before you make any decisions. Did you watch the video I made of my Malawi tank?
     
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    hi mate. once again a fantastic paper. can you please post the link to the vedio you speak about or direct me to where I can find it?
     
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    WOW... you really had some stunning fish. Why did you shut the tank down?

    Really enjoying the dissertation. Well written and deserving of an A
     
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    Thanks @Broder, I was still a novice when it came to fish keeping and I did a 50% WC which resulted in most of my Malawi's dying. The problem was that I accidentally committed a triple threat in my ignorance. In Winter they increase the levels of Chlorine in the tap water, this combined with the temperature shock (I didn't heat it first) and the fact that I decided to clean my filter on the same day (killing all the bacteria), by the time I realised what was happening (about an hour later) I was too late to save most of them. I gave away the rest because I was just to upset to start over. Anyway it was a tough lesson but we live and learn hey. Now that tank is an amazing Paludarium and I couldn't be happier. One day I will setup another Malawi Aquarium but it will be much bigger so suit the requirements of the larger species :)
     
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    Ouch.... That is a painful lesson. I must say that the palundarium is a winner too. That's quite a wake up call regarding the sensitivity of our fish. I would never have thought that those robust looking fish would perish within an hour of a temperature drop. I also had no idea that chlorine kills that quickly, but it was a large volume I suppose. The filter oops wasn't ideal, but wouldn't have caused any fatalities, even in conjunction with the other 2 parameter shifts.
     
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    Yeah I was quite surprised myself since I had done this type of WC often enough without any problems but who knows... I posted what had happened on TASA at the time and that was the conclusion everyone came to.

    Wiped out my fish in 1 water change...
     
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    Hi may I also ask for a copy to be mailed to me please?
     
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    Sure @Adriaan.de.beer did you send me an email requesting it? If not, I need an email address.
     
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    @EnvironmentalBro:


    Did you know that by overfishing Trematocranus placodon, the Malawian fishermen collectively shot themselves in the foot?
    Do some research on Jay Stauffer, and how, by destroying the balance between malaria carrying snails, and their natural predator T. placadon, led to a meteoric rise in bilharzia infections, and aids related deaths on the lakeside...




    Does anyone know where I can download Dr. M Sanjayan's cichlid videos? (Earth: a New Wild, episode 5)
    We are not allowed to watch them in South Africa, apparently.
     
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    Hey @lep2soma long time mate. Sorry I didn't even see this as I was inactive on the forum for awhile. Any update on this? It sounds very interesting! The truth is that I am doing my MSc. on Ecological Corridors in urban environments because I'm part of Urban Ecology and Sustainability lab at Wits so I don't get to do much fish stuff anymore... Most of my research work is with mammals and birds these days.

    How are your aquariums going?

    Regards
    Tyrone
     
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    I haven't seen lep2soma online for quite some time.

    ETA: checked his profile and he last logged on in February 2016
     
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    @Reedfish It's all good :) He'll get it when he does come back online... everyone does eventually.
     
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