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HD Underwater video and images of wild cichlids in Lake Tanganyika, taken by Alex Jordan during a research trip in August-December 2011. One or two of the photos taken by Stefan Fischer. For more information about the research side of things, please visit www.alexjordan.org

 


If you have any older, incandescent hoods, you probably are aware that the standard bulbs used in these hoods generate a lot of heat and don't last very long. Worse, the quality of light from incandescent bulbs is harsh and doesn't make your fish look good.

There is an easy solution . . . the Coralife Colormax 10 Watt compact fluorescent bulb which is about $9.

Testing

How many cichlid hobbyists does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Fortunately, just one . . . me! 

I had an old incandescent 5-gallon hood that came with a cheap boxed aquarium set and the light was certainly harsh and too hot.

Changing this out to the Colormax was easy. The new bulb has a standard screw-in bulb base. Just unscrew your existing lightbulb and screw in this fluorescent replacement.

Once I had the bulb in, I was very pleased with the appearance of the fish and the tank. The color looked natural and I even think the fish looked a bit happier.

The packaging states that this bulb "provides full spectrum light". I don't have a light meter, but it looked darn good to me.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a way to get better results from that old aquarium hood, give the Coralife Colormax 10 Watt compact fluorescent bulb a try.

I recently purchased a Gamma Seal which adds a rugged, screw-on lid to 5-gallon buckets. 

The Gamma Seal is made from high density polyethylene and it creates a leak-proof and airtight seal making 5-gallon buckets great for transporting fish.

Installation

Using a rubber mallet, you tap on the included adapter ring which includes a rubber gasket. With the adapter in place, you can screw in the cover and you're good to go. I haven't tried removing one of the adapters from a bucket and I'm not sure it is possible.

How well does it work?

In a word, great!

Once installed, you can hold a bucket completely upside down and it won't leak. If you've ever had a bucket of fish tip over in your car, you will appreciate the Gamma Seal.

I used to transport a bucket containing a very large (and mean) Vieja hartwegi to the Cichlid Classic and it worked perfectly.

How much and where do I buy it?

Gamma Seals are available at some Fleet/Farm stores, but it is easy to find them from internet retailers:

Gamma Seal

Each year, GCCA Member Ric Perez hosts the club for our annual picnic. Ric has over 100 fish tanks, a huge pond and some really awesome tortoises.

 

GCCA was proud to honor Mario Toromanovic and Bruce Canaday for achieving the level of Advanced Breeder in our BAP program. To become an Advanced breeder, 25 successful spawns must be submitted. 

The BAP is an important part of what makes GCCA a viable club. The BAP program challenges members to breed new fish and it brings exciting new fish into our club at each meeting. The GCCA site has more details on the Breeders Award Program.

Mike Helford congratulates Mario Toromanovic and Bruce Canaday

If you attend GCCA swap meets, perused our forum, or browsed the GCCA Classifieds, you've probably come across someone called "Wilpir". 

I was looking at the Classifieds a couple of weeks ago and came across an ad from Wilpir for Lithochromis xanthopetryx fry. This unusual Victorian cichlid isn't easy to find! I had three females that and I was looking for some males. I quickly sent off a note to Wilpir to ask if he had any extra males. He did!

Wilpir's real name is Scott Reiser and he is an accomplished fishkeeper who lives in Oswego, IL. Oswego is well over fifty miles from my house, but I was driving down to Bloomington, IL for business and Oswego would conveniently be on the way back. Could I stop by?

GCCA Meeting Feb 2013 Speaker Greg Steeves - Overview of Lake Victoria Cichlids {ebevent 49}

The American Cichlid Association (ACA) is a national organization dedicated to the cichlid hobby. The annual ACA Convention is a highlight of the year for many cichlid hobbyists.

The ACA operates funds for cichlid research and habitat conservation. Both of these noble aims are fully supported by the GCCA and our club makes an annual contribution to the ACA.

At the 2012 ACA Convention in Indianapolis, GCCA contributed $500 to the ACA. We are proud to support the ACA.

GCCA donates $500 to the ACA

GCCA Treasurer Bob Chirempes presents a $500 check to ACA Chairman Dean Hougen.

 

This looks like a great product for raising fry and is applicable to more than just angelfish. There are also some good DIY ideas that can come out of this as well.

 


As we prepare for our March speaker Mike Wise, I thought it would be fun to post some apistogramma video's

 

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