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PCS & Stuart M. Grant - Cichlid Preservation Fund - Details here

Meeting Tuesday May 7th  - Terrariums, DIY 3D Backgrounds, Daz's Saltwater Tank - Details here

May Fish of the Month - Lamprologus sp. "Ornatipinnis "Kigoma" - Details soon

PCS Auction Night - Tuesday 2nd July - Details soon


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#365559 April P.c.s. Meeting - Malawi Adventure Report

Posted by Mattia on 04 April 2018 - 02:24 PM

Those boerwers sizzle were SOOO good!!!!

#365057 Tickets For Adrian Indermauer On Sale Now

Posted by Mattia on 15 February 2018 - 03:59 PM

It would be better to buy it before hand so we know how many people to cater for... :)

#364520 January Meeting - P C S Family Bbq Day

Posted by Mattia on 02 January 2018 - 12:22 PM

Anybody else planning to come guys? 


So far it's basically just us of the committee + Muttley&Wife ... we would like at least 10 people out of the committee to come along, otherwise it's not really worth for us organising it all :) 


Please RSVP by the weekend if you are planning to come.. we don't really want to cancel it again like last year, but if that's just committee and family then we will have to :( 


Free food, free drinks, diving, cricket, games & fish talk...  how could you say no to that? ;) 

#364514 New Years

Posted by Mattia on 01 January 2018 - 08:23 PM

Happy new year everyone - I am also celebrating my 3 years in Aussie today :D

#364473 January Meeting - P C S Family Bbq Day

Posted by Mattia on 24 December 2017 - 10:24 PM

Should be 2 of us - both diving ;)

#363788 Cichlid Preservation Fund

Posted by Mattia on 25 October 2017 - 05:41 PM

716 C. Saulosi ready to be released!

Wish us luck! :)


#363657 New Monthly Topic Ideas

Posted by Mattia on 09 October 2017 - 04:05 PM

Hi guys and girls, members and non-members!


Is there a particular subject you don't feel too confident about and would like to know more?

Or would you like to learn more about a certain type of cichlids, or some particular type of plumbing?


We are seeking some ideas for our monthly meetings - DIY, Speech, presentation, cichlid bingo, etc... - any suggestion (aquarium related!) is welcome! It DOES NOT have to be cichlid related :)



We already have few ideas for the next few meetings, but it would be great to hear suggestions from anyone who comes to the regular meetings or that is planning to!


Feel free to write your suggestions on here, or PM me if you are feeling shy ;)




#363378 A Visit To Aquotix - Now With Pics!!

Posted by Mattia on 16 September 2017 - 08:23 PM

Awesome pics, thanks!

Yes, I had to tell the girl: "don't worry, it's just Az" [emoji23][emoji23]

#363251 Led Repairs?

Posted by Mattia on 08 September 2017 - 08:37 AM

There's a guy who used to be the "service guy" for Dalua here in Perth (NOR) but can't remember if he's still happy to work on them or not...

#363162 Synodontis Id

Posted by Mattia on 02 September 2017 - 09:34 PM

Crappy pics, but it seems like a Synodontis Ilebrevis - from Lake Tanganyika :)

#362995 An Expensive Meal

Posted by Mattia on 14 August 2017 - 09:28 AM

I ate boulengerochromis in Tanzania and oreochromis & Kampango in Malawi and they all taste delicious!!

#362572 Dream Casting

Posted by Mattia on 17 July 2017 - 10:19 AM

Pics or it never happened :D :P

#362530 6X2X2 Geophagus Build

Posted by Mattia on 14 July 2017 - 10:52 PM

Oh that set up looks sexy!!

#362349 Cichlid Preservation Fund

Posted by Mattia on 01 July 2017 - 04:00 PM

Hey everyone, 

a new update on the fund from Ad Konings! :D




Dear Friends,


A very short update on the progress we have made protecting cichlids in lakes Malawi and Tanganyika. The recent release of the second species at risk in Lake Malawi is the highlight of this update. 

Melanochromis chipokae

Within one year after we had met Pierre le Roux at his fish farm in Chipoka he managed to catch the breeders for M. chipokae, breed them, grow the offspring in record time, and last month, on May 26th, Pierre and his son Jean released the first 68 offspring back at Chidunga Rocks! Watch the video, shot by Jean, in which Pierre releases the fish near the bottom of the shallow reef: 
First release of Melanochromis chipokae at Chidunga Rocks



Pierre has another 90 juveniles to be released and also has had success in breeding Aulonocara baenschi of which he has about 150 juveniles that are about ready to be reintroduced at Nkhomo Reef. Later this year, Mattia Matarrese and colleagues from Perth, Australia, will assist Pierre in releasing both species while Larry Johnson with his group will again visit Taiwanee Reef to maybe release more Chindongo saulosi, but more importantly take a survey of the current population.

Lake Tanganyika

Chris and Louise Horsfall are successful in breeding Oreochromis tanganicae, the tilapia found throughout the lake. They found that the fingerlings won’t grow as fast as those of O. niloticus or O. mossambicus, but fast enough to make farming them a viable business, also for Tanzania. For years the Mpende Fisheries farm near Ndole in Zambia has been successful in raising O. tanganicae in large quantities in cages in the lake. The four countries surrounding Lake Tanganyika have all committed to prohibit the introduction of exotic species in fish farms situated around the lake and banned the farming of O. niloticus and other staple species grown throughout the world. 
Later this year, in September, we will collect the breeders for the program aimed at reintroducing some of the species at risk of extinction. We will try to catch some Tropheus duboisi “Maswa”, some Tropheus moorii “Tanzania Murago”, and some breeders of Ophthalmotilapia boops “Blue Neon”. At the same time we will setup the cichlid census program to give us baseline densities of certain species. We will find out what is all involved, how much the program would cost if we hire a Tanzanian student to do it, and what species and localities are feasible. We have acquired five cameras which we will field test in September for this purpose.

Remember that a portion of each package of Frozen Cichlid Formula of Omega One supports the Fund! 
Thank you all for your support and concern for our cichlids in the wild. 


#362332 Which Sponsors Buy Fish?

Posted by Mattia on 29 June 2017 - 07:10 PM

For the last few auctions we have always finished by 10.30pm or close ;) don't tell me that is pretty late Jas? Or are you getting old :-) :-) :-)