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Oddball Cichlids: Does anyone keep Iranian, Asian, and Jordanian species?

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    Default Oddball Cichlids: Does anyone keep Iranian, Asian, and Jordanian species?

    I've been considering a brackish water setup for a while now, and I've been doing a lot of research on species compatible with archerfish. This introduced me to Orange and Green Chromides (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_chromide) native to Sri Lanka and India. I'm thinking that I'd like to keep a few orange chromides with archers in the next tank I set up. I started to research other "oddball cichlids" from Asia and the Middle East. Apparently there are three species in the Jordanian River Valley (I haven't been able to find much info) and one cichlid native to Iran (http://www.briancoad.com/Species%20A.../cichlidae.htm).

    I'm wondering if any members have experience keeping these fish, or if anyone has knowledge to share. Oh yeah, where can I find chromides in the Vancouver area?
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    I'd love to get some wild type orange chromides like this one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sargasso View Post
    I'd love to get some wild type orange chromides like this one.

    That kind of looks like a freshwater sunfish.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centrarchidae

    This link had a few pix of different species.
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwate...s/inland.phtml

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    I have been looking too.

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    here is a list of all the fish in India.
    http://fish.mongabay.com/data/India.htm

    Its very interesting to see that most of the Snakeheads are from India and surrounding area...and ghost knife too (according to the website)
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    Quote Originally Posted by `GhostDogg´ View Post
    That kind of looks like a freshwater sunfish.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centrarchidae

    This link had a few pix of different species.
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/landwate...s/inland.phtml
    It does!

    I used to catch hundreds of pumpkinseed sunfish and yellow perch when I was a kid. Those species are so hungry (read:dumb) that I probably caught the same fish 10 times each. Bluegill and Crappie are pretty common back East as well.

    I've always thought that it would be cool to set up a tank full of sunfish some day. I saw a longear sunfish at April's a while back, and it was getting along well with the South Americans. Might have to catch some pumpkinseed on the next trip home to NB...
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    On second thought, there must be some sunfish in BC. That'd be a fun roadtrip!
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    There are many lakes and rivers that have sunfish, perch, and other centrachids. They are considered an invasive species in BC and unbalance local ecosystems. I am not sure it is legal to transport them live, conservation officers would think you might be introducing them into a local waterbody. That being said, where I grew up in the Okanagan, I used to fish in the lakes where they were illegally introduced (in some cases our own authorities planted them long ago). I used to love catching them when it was too warm for trout. Here's some of the spots, I'm sure they still have sunfish.

    Vaseaux Lake- perch, pumpkinseed, Large and smallmouth bass.
    Osooyoos Lake Oxbows (at the north end, where the Okanagan River flows in) these back channel and swamp have everything (non-indigenous) - perch, pumpkinseed, bass, crappie, bullhead catfish, bluegill.

    invasives have spread to Okanagan Lake and you can catch sunfish, bass, and perch off the old ferry docks on the Westside.

    Locally, Hatzic lake has black crappie and imagine that you could catch them elsewhere.

    It would be neat to set up a "coldwater" tank with North American sunfish in it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sargasso View Post
    It does!

    I used to catch hundreds of pumpkinseed sunfish and yellow perch when I was a kid. Those species are so hungry (read:dumb) that I probably caught the same fish 10 times each. Bluegill and Crappie are pretty common back East as well.

    I've always thought that it would be cool to set up a tank full of sunfish some day. I saw a longear sunfish at April's a while back, and it was getting along well with the South Americans. Might have to catch some pumpkinseed on the next trip home to NB...
    Carefull, dont be dumb like me. Catch 7 of them, bring them home, post them online, get dinged by a conservation officer, fish go away......

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    Quote Originally Posted by AWW View Post
    Carefull, dont be dumb like me. Catch 7 of them, bring them home, post them online, get dinged by a conservation officer, fish go away......

    did u get fined?

 

 
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