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Yssichromis sp. "Blue Tipped"

 Yssichromis sp.

AboveYssichromis sp. "Blue tipped"  Photo by Rick Borstein. See video below.

General

Yssichromis sp. "Blue tipped" is a mouthbrooding cichlid from Lake Victoria, Africa which was found near Rusinga Island. This fish, which does not yet have a species name, was originally discovered by Yves Fermon in 1992. In the hobby, it is often referred to as "blue tips" or just "blue tip". 

Yssichromis sp. "Blue tipped" is a rather slender bodied fish. A large male might get up to four inches and females are about a half inch smaller. The coloration is highly variable, especially on the males when spawning. When the boys are feeling very "sexed up", they turn a steely blue and the caudal fin is edged in red-orange.

However, the color is fleeting in my experience and I wasn't able to obtain a picture of a colored up male. Here is a link to very nice picture of a colored male available from Dave's Rare Fish. For the most part, this is a silvery-tan fish with some green and darker blotches on the side. Males which are quiescent will sometimes show a blue swath along the back. 

Females are a bit drab, mostly silver-tan, and have a few gold highlights. Depending on the light, both males and females will show some metallic glints.

Habitat

Yssichromis sp. "Blue tipped"  is usually found in the open water. Reports are that it schools with an open water cyprinid (Rastrineobola argentea) to help protect it from predators.

Care

Yssichromis sp. "Blue tipped" is easy to keep. All it needs is clean, hard water that is 75-80F and a two foot or longer tank.

Feeding

Yssichromis sp. "Blue tipped" readily accepts prepared foods such as New Life Spectrum cichlid pellets, Dainichi Veggie Deluxe Pellets, Extreme Cichlid PeeWee pellets, Repashy gel foods and most flake food. In the wild, this fish is an open water zooplanktivore that feeds predominantly on insects.

Breeding

I obtained a eight, tiny Yssichromis sp. "Blue tipped" fry from fellow GCCA Member Matt Swarzek. At the time, the tiny fry were baredly three-eights of an inch long. The fry went into a 5-gallon tank with a sand bottom. Initial growth was slow, but once the fry got up to about half an inch, growth accelerated. When the fry were a bit over an inch, I moved them to a 40 breeder and later to a 75 gallon tank. The 75 gallon tank had a sand substrate and was filtered by two large Swiss Tropicals sponge filters. At this point, the fish were just under three inches long and occasionally I saw flashes of the blue coloration as a male danced in front of female.

Shortly thereafter, I observed the first female holding. I allowed her to hold for twelve days and then stripped her of fourteen small fry. The babies are immediately able to eat baby brine shrimp and a week later I transitioned them to flake food.

Retail Price

You are not going to find Yssichromis sp. "Blue tipped" at your local pet store. You can sometimes find it on the internet or from hobbyists who maintain rare Victorian species.  I suspect that unsexed juveniles would go for $8 per fish. 

Video

Video by Rick Borstein

Report May 2015 by Rick Borstein

 

Chicago Aquatic Experience

I think it is pretty cool to have an event like this coming to Chicago, I for one will be checking it out. 

Aquatic Experience – Chicago is the first show in our industry’s history to combine everything aquatic under one roof. From saltwater to freshwater with pond and aquatic animals, we’ll have it all. Consumers and retailers are invited to join us for educational seminars and a thriving show floor filled with hobbyists from entry level to the most sophisticated aquarium keepers as well as livestock and equipment experts and the industries best and trend setting manufacturers. Add in a bevy of high powered speakers you’ve heard of and read articles from but have not had the chance to meet in person and you’ve got a “must see” for any aquarist no matter what their experience level. - See more at: http://aquaticexperience.org/



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IndecisiveCichlidKeeper replied the topic: #34449 3 years 9 months ago
I'll definately be stopping in for this, it's actually crazy seeing this because the gf already had me buy tickets to the Baking and Sweets convention that is going on at the Schaumburg Convention center the same weekend as this! Can hit both now!
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dragonkeeper replied the topic: #34345 3 years 10 months ago
Yes we do. We are also looking for volunteers to assist with running the booth. More details at the October meeting
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dakwas1940 replied the topic: #34344 3 years 10 months ago
Does GCCA have a both there?
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scubadiver replied the topic: #34343 3 years 10 months ago
I have to work that weekend but will go all day on friday and potential saturday night -
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scubadiver replied the topic: #34341 3 years 10 months ago
Speaker Schedule

Friday, November 15

10:30 – 11:30
Charles Delbeek
Reef Aquarium Water Chemistry

Joe Olenik
The Greening of Aquaria

12:00 – 1:00
Julian Sprung

Patrick Donston
Your Fish Room Employees: How to Hire, Train and Motivate

12:30 – 1:30
Rene Kruter
The Study of Lake Tanganyika Cichlids

1:30 – 2:30
Zeb Hogan
The World’s Largest Freshwater Fish

Steve Lundblad
Standing Out and Staying in Front of Your Competition

2:00 – 3:00
Jake Adams
Using LED’s to Light Freshwater & Marine Aquariums

3:00 – 4:00
Laif DeMason
Malawi Cichlids-An Overview & Short History

Joe Olenik
Increasing Profits in Fish Sales

3:30 – 4:30
Rusty Wessel
Fishes of the Maya!

4:30 – 5:30
Sanjay Joshi
Reef System Design Principles and Good Practices

Patrick Donston
Husbandry Practices for Commercial Marine Systems


Saturday, November 16

9:00 – 10:00
Julian Sprung

10:30 – 11:30
Laif DeMason
American Cichlid Farming in South Florida

11:00 – 12:00
Jake Adams
Water Flow is More Important Than Lights

12:00 – 1:00
Sanjay Joshi
Lighting for Reef Aquariums

12:30 – 1:30
Richard Ross
Lives and Money: How to Save More of Both

1:30 – 2:30
Oliver Knott
Advanced In Vitro Aquatic Plants

2:00 – 3:00
Rusty Wessel
Conservation

3:00 – 4:00
Charles Delbeek
Reef Aquarium Pests & Diseases

3:30 – 4:30
Eric Bodrock
Conditioning, Spawning and Raising Freshwater Tropical Fish

4:30 – 5:30
Heiko Bleher
Heiko Blehers Discoveries

5:00 – 6:00
Steve Lundblad
Bringing the Unique to Your Aquariums: New Fish in the Aquarium Hobby

6:30
Zeb Hogan
Banquet and Keynote


Sunday, November 17

9:00 – 10:00
Oliver Knott
Live Aquascaping

9:30 – 10:30
Richard Ross
Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands

10:30 – 11:30
Zeb Hogan
North America’s Biggest Fish

11:00 – 12:00
Eric Bodrock
The Aquarium Hobby Basics

12:00 – 1:00
Heiko Bleher
How to Keep Discus

12:30 – 1:30
Bob Fenner
Setting up Successful Aquariums

1:30 – 2:30
Oliver Lucanus
Highlights of his Expeditions to the Rio Orinoco Region of South America
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ziggy2 replied the topic: #34340 3 years 10 months ago
I might have to make the trip up for this one.
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scubadiver replied the topic: #34339 3 years 10 months ago
Who's going?

Box exchange and grow out competition

All,
Don't forget we will be having
1. A grow out competition - Protomelas labriden's ($1 per fry, first come first serve)
2. Fish from our box exchange with the Michigan Cichlid Association this week.


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scubadiver replied the topic: #34687 3 years 7 months ago
April is coming up - who is going to win the $55 -

Does everyone still have their fish how are they doing?
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scubadiver replied the topic: #34111 4 years 3 days ago
We had a 11 people so the prize will be $55.

No board members entered, I think Shellie has the list.

It was determined that april's meeting will be when the winner will be determined.
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Kegger22 replied the topic: #34110 4 years 3 days ago
So who entered since I didn't make the meeting even though mine just bred?
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scubadiver replied the topic: #34073 4 years 1 week ago
No just show up
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keltonsports replied the topic: #34071 4 years 1 week ago
Do we have to let someone know if we plan on taking part in the competition?
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scubadiver replied the topic: #34068 4 years 1 week ago
Good questions

1 buck per fish goes into winners pool, five fish minimum. Fish will be sold in lots of five.

winner from a length perspective gets the money pot and bragging rights.

Length check in at next years august meeting.

we will create a thread for smack talking.
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madeto replied the topic: #34066 4 years 1 week ago
Just to clarify Box exchange:
Last week Rick Borstein was a speaker at MAS ( Michigan Cichlid Association). He took with him all bunch of bags with fish as a donation from our members, which they auctioned at the end of Rick's presentation.
In return, MAS members send all bunch of bags with cool fish, which we will auction off at our Sunday meeting.
So be there.

Jason, do you have more details how grow out competition will work. I understand we are growing out Protomelas labriden's. How long, how many fish, what are we judging at the end of competition ( one biggest fish, all fish, length or weight ) and what will winner get?
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scubadiver replied the topic: #34065 4 years 1 week ago
Heads up

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