I think I have a good idea for an additional fish to add to this tank!
There is quite a bit of open water space up in the front of the tank and I have thought that it might look best if I could include some kind of schooling fish. One idea that I had earlier for the fish stocking was to use a group of Cyprichromis
, and then call it good. These active fish get to be several inches long however and this 36" is rather short for them. While snooping around I encountered this fish that I had never heard of before...
Google: Lamprichthys tanganicanus
What a cool fish! This is a killi that occurs in open water habitats in Lake Tanganyika and it's gorgeous. It looks something like a rainbow. However, L. tanganicanus
also gets to be rather big, to 6", and it would be better suited to a bigger tank.
While looking around some more on the Internet I saw some descriptions of using this fish as a Tanganyika tank dither and something of a stand-in for the more delicate, larger-growing and hard-to-find L. tanganicanus
Google: Oryzias wowerae
What a great idea! O. wowerae
is not from Africa at all, but it makes sense to use it in a Tanganyika setup. The area in Sulawesi where it originates has karst (limestone) topography and streams with high dissolved mineral content and probably few underwater plants.
I should be able to track down a group of these, then if I can just add one Tanganyika cichlid that will use the rocky areas in the tank this setup will be complete.