Pelvicachromis silviae

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Pelvicachromis silviae

Postby Simon Morgan » Sat Oct 04, 2014 1:05 am

If you haven't heard of P. silviae before they are a close relative of the popular and famous Kribensis aka P. pulcher. Probably the first or second cichlid I ever spawned.
P. silviae has been in and out of the hobby for some time but has been known until now as P. aff. subocellatus. Anton Lamboj, a well known expert on West African Cichlids formally described them recently and named them after his wife. He has a habit of naming fish after people, Congochromis sabinae is named after his daughter, Enigmatochromis lucanusi is named after Oliver Lucanus who discovered them.
Recently a few imports from Nigeria meant they were available in the UK for the first time in quite a while.

I picked up a few pairs at Deep Blue Aquatics in Hemel Hempstead but during the hot weather over the summer I lost 3 of the fish :( With one remaining female I went back to Deep Blue on the 18th September, more in hope than expectation, and got lucky. They had one male left!
The two fish were introduced and started to display to each other almost immediately. On 24th September I noticed a subtle change in their colouration and temperament and made a note of the date, today (3rd October) I came home from work to see this:

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Re: Pelvicachromis silviae

Postby fred.manby » Sat Oct 04, 2014 8:50 am

Congratulations! Great write up, too.
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Re: Pelvicachromis silviae

Postby Simon Morgan » Sat Oct 04, 2014 9:32 am

Thanks Fred. Seem to be over 40 fry so hopefully I can raise a few. Not bad for their first attempt.
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Re: Pelvicachromis silviae

Postby bruciethefish » Wed Oct 08, 2014 1:27 pm

Excellent work, Simon! :clap:
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Re: Pelvicachromis silviae

Postby Simon Morgan » Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:22 pm

One week free-swimming, the P. silviae decide to treat me by feeding off the mucky glass:

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Re: Pelvicachromis silviae

Postby Darren Evans » Sun Oct 12, 2014 10:00 pm

Nice fish simon
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Re: Pelvicachromis silviae

Postby Simon Morgan » Fri Oct 17, 2014 11:05 pm

Two weeks free-swimming now.

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Re: Pelvicachromis silviae

Postby Helen » Wed Oct 22, 2014 11:09 am

Congrats & well done Simon! Another beautiful fish :-) Makes me wish I still had lots of tanks myself lol - trouble is I never seemed to have enough tank space for all the fish I like & wanted to keep - I guess that's why a good few of you have fish houses :lol: :clap:
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Re: Pelvicachromis silviae

Postby Simon Morgan » Fri Oct 24, 2014 5:56 pm

Another week on they are growing really fast now!

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Re: Pelvicachromis silviae

Postby Simon Morgan » Fri Dec 05, 2014 1:53 pm

6 weeks since the last post, about 9/10 weeks old now.

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