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Orthochromis stormsi rheophilic cichlids from the Congo sale

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Orthochromis stormsi Photos Frank Schäfer

Orthochromis stormsi 

Only very rarely we have single specimens of Orthochromis stormsi as accidental catches among imports of rheophilic cichlids from the Congo. This specie has, like the humphead cichlids (Steatocranus) a reduced swimming bladder. However, Orthochromis belongs to the Haplochromis-relationship and is thus a Steatocranus. Sadly the fish is only drab colored and so it is hardly ever kept and bred in aquaria. This is quite sad, that every now and then the male also takes care for the eggs. It would be very desirable if breeding aquarists would take an eye on that very unusual behaior.
 
Orthochromis stormsi is a species of cichlid endemic to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it is known from the upper Congo Riverbasin and Lake Mweru. It has also been reported from Pool Malebo (Stanley Pool) and the Regina Falls in the lower Congo River basin, but the identity of these populations requires further investigation. This species can reach a length of 10.2 centimetres (4.0 in) SL.
 
Photos & Text Frank Schäfer
 

(1) 1.5-2

(1) 1.5-2" Slender Buffalo Head WILD Steatocranus tinanti Live Freshwater
   $15.00

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