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Posted March 24, 2008 at 04:23:55 PM by Bean in the Obsessions category
So I guess since my fich obsession is in full gear, I might as well blog a blog about it. Heck, I'll even create a new category to go along with it.

My buddy Nathan didn't want his (full) 75 gallon fish tank. I offered to list it for him on craigslist for local pickup, thinking he could probably turn over a quick hundred bucks or so, and in addition mentioned that I'd take it off his hands if he couldn't sell it. He jumped at the idea of giving them too me sos he could still come over and see them. I thought that was a little weird, cause there just fish, but whatever (little did I know).

One day later that week I was at his house looking at the fish I was about to inherit and I noticed something - they were individually identifiable. That seemed weird to me because all of the fish I've had in the past were just, I dont know... fish. When one died, I'd buy another and it looked the same. Easy. But in watching these fish, seeing as how you can pick out individuals, you can begin to pick up on their personality. So I think of them of "pets" as opposed to "decorations", as has been the case with fish tanks in my past.

The tank contains 19 African Cichlids (well, actually 16 plus 3 babies or "fry") and 4 plecos to keep the algae down. Here's a few pictures of the 16 cichlids I can identify (can't really tell the babies apart yet), and here's what I think they are. Note that I am not 100% sure on any, and I am basing my guesses off what Nate told me and what people on the tubes told me:

1 - Aulonocara jacobfreibergi (Peacock, "Lemon Jake")
2 - Aulonocara hybrid (Juvenile "Strawberry Peacock")
3 - Red zebra-based hybird or a peacock... not sure. A big mean fucker.
4 - Metriaclima estherae (male, "Red Zebra")
5 - Metriaclima callainos ("Cobalt Zebra") or Metriaclima estherae ("Red Zebra")
6 - Cynotilapia afra (male "Cobue")
7 - Tropheops macrothalmus ("Red-headed Mac")
8 - Aulonocara something or other (unknown peacock, slight orange tinge)
9 - Metriaclima greshakei (less colorful version of #14)
10 - Aulonocara hybrid ("OB Peacock" currently holding)
11 - Labidochromis caeruleus ("Yellow Lab")
12 - Cynotilapia afra (female "Cobue")
13 - Tropheus duboisi
14 - Metriaclima greshakei (big, "Red Top Ice Blue")
15 - Cynotilapia afra (female juvie, "Cobue")
16 - Melanochromis joanjohnsonae (I think, "Exasperatus")

There lots of species of cichlids, and quite a few hybrids. African cichlids routinely mate cross species in captivity (and rarely in the wild), and you get, well, a mix. It's not quite like breeding dogs, because all dogs are the same species, but there is a bit of unpredictability when you have a lot of different fish in the same tank. Professional fish geeks hate hybrids for a few reasons, but I think it's just plain cool.

With the tank, I got all the accessories, so all I've really had to buy were filter cartridges, a few more big rocks, and some plants. Well, that's not true, I also bought an inexpensive wireless webcam so you can all see them live on the tubes. It looks through the tank from the side, so you can see all of the open water above the rocky bottom. Check it out:


The above link only works with IE or a heavily modified and customized version of firefox. That's why it was cheap. A good wireless camera with a better video stream and mo betta options is too rich for my blood right now. That is, use IE.
m1 (March 24, 2008 at 06:13:09 PM):
Seeing all the fiches with them numbers makes a marson want the No. 6 with white rice.
john (March 24, 2008 at 07:28:17 PM):
I'll hve the toro and the maki roll
m3 (March 24, 2008 at 10:29:28 PM):
those fiches look familiar.

the fichcam link is a LAN address (192.168...), so it ain't workin'. give us a interwebs address so we can see the fiches.
bean (March 25, 2008 at 05:47:48 AM):
Snap - sorry - put the wrong IP. Should be corrected. Also, the tank light is on from 10am to 10pm for mo betta fich viewing.
Big Willis (March 25, 2008 at 07:03:25 AM):
Is Fich Chat going to be available soon?
Brad (March 25, 2008 at 08:04:16 AM):
bean (March 26, 2008 at 06:50:26 PM):
Check the cam now... I've got the big mean fucker in a net at the back of the tank. I'm keeping him there until I can find him a new home. Or filet him.
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