Welcome to the club!
I am a fan of tanganyikan species myself as well, currently though only keep Neolamprologus multifasciatus, Variabilichromis moorii, and have some Telmatochromis temporalis fry left growing out.
You picked a good time to join up, our next 3 meetings are a members only rare fish auction in February where there are normally some neat tanganyikans in the mix, guest speaker Joey Mullen who does all the Do it yourself channels on facebook, youtube, etc doing a tank building talk in March, and April is actually on Shell Dwelling Tanganyikan species!
After attending a few of the swap meets I finally broke down and joined GCCA.
I began the hobby in the 60's at a very early age helping my father raise angels and corys. Later as time went on at my peak I had 2 130 gallon tanks going (one was a brackish tank) a 55, a few 40 long .... you get the picture.
In the early 90's I had to give up the hobby and forgot about it until last year when I decided to start again. It was only going to be 1 tank. Well we all know how that goes and I am up to 10 tanks and counting now.
At the present I have a colony of Neolamprologus multifasciatus I am trying to get going, another tank with 6 (supposedly) F1 Julidochromis transcriptus, and my miracle tank. That tank has 4 kribensis which a friend needed to get rid of. They were suppose to be all male however I have a tank full of fry so ... my miracle tank,
My new wish list is to start a colony of Neoprologus similus (preferably wild or F1) and perhaps an Apistogramma tank.
There is more however I am not much of a writer so I will leave it at that.
Hi BigOtto and welcome back to the hobby and welcome to the club. Yes the hobby can be quite addicting as there always seems to be just one more fish you want to keep.
Good luck finding the 180gallon our classifieds and craigslist is great source for used tanks. For new tanks some of our swap vendors sell tanks.
Hope to see you at our meetings.
Are you looking to be involved or commited
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Around 3 years ago I was working at the Schaumburg Convention Center (I work in Loss Prevention there), and in came Aquatic Experience. I kept fish when I was a kid and working the show I was really interested again. I liked Cichlids for a number of reasons and searched for a 75g tank while picking up other stuff. I was reading forums and asking questions.
Now I've been to a swap, talked to a number of people through FB, have had my tank running successfully for the whole time. I'm now looking for a 180g for Cyphotilapia gibberosa (Mpimbwe). It won't be the last tank I put together or the last bit of research I do so i thought I'd sign up as a member.
ya i had my green sunfish in a 10g by himself which he quickly outgrew, had to let him go in the pond i caught him. shortly after bought my first cichlids a few brichardi which i still have thats what started it. Its been less then a year and got 3 tanks running in a 1 bedroom apt. and am looking for a 2 bedroom to start a fishroom... lol ;D
a few sunfish id catch which by the way could rival many cichlids for aggresiveness, i had a green sunfish that would actually jump out of the tank to grab a wax worm from my hands..
I had a bunch of sunfish and bluegill too. Put a tiny little sunfish in with a large pair of oscars and the oscars were missing thier eyes within a week. Mean little things that grow very fast when you keep them at 80 degrees year round.
hi, everyone names Jon live in peotone ill near kankakee, just joined the site though i've been viewing it for awhile, been keeping cichlids for a lil over a year and the addiction is growing fast. like most had a few small tanks as a kid with tetras n guppies and even a few sunfish id catch which by the way could rival many cichlids for aggresiveness, i had a green sunfish that would actually jump out of the tank to grab a wax worm from my hands.. currently have 3 tanks running a 55g common mbuna, 30g neo. brichardi pair and fry 10g more brichardi fry.. i love these lil guys.. hoping to find a breeder close to me that has some cynotilopia afras to add to my 55g... really enjoy the site and should be attending the swap in march and hope to make some new freinds i also really enyoy fishing mostly walleye,bass and panfish. if theres anybody near me in the hobby id like to hear from u thanks..