A Visit To Lew Carbone’s Fishroom

Lew Carbone is an active member of the Ohio Cichlid Association. Lew offered to have me over to see his fish in August when I spoke to the OCA. Lew’s collection of cichlids is quite diverse with about every category of cichlid.

The first fish I noticed in Lew’s fishroom were a breeding pair of Parachromis friedrichsthalii “La Caeiba” guarding a huge cloud of fry. It was quite a site and one of the nicest pairs of Central American cichlids I’ve seen in a long time.

Parachromis friedrichsthalii "La Ceiba" guarding fry

Parachromis friedrichsthalii "La Ceiba" male guarding fry

My favorite fish Lew had though was his fantastic pair of Nandopsis tetracanthus, the Cuban cichlid. Sadly, my photo does not do his fish justice.

Nandopsis tetracanthus, the nicest one I've ever seen

Lew also keeps a fair number of Victorians. One of my favorites is the polymorphic Neochromis omnicaeruleus. The Paralabidochromis chromogynos Lew had were the nicest I’ve seen and had unbelievable colors. Again, my photography fails to show how pretty this fish was.

Neochromis omnicaeruleus OB female

Neochromis omnicaeruleus male

Paralabidochromis chromogynos

Astatotilapia sp. "tomato" aka sp. "35"

Lew also had many more cichlids. One of my favorite fish ever, Petenia splendida Lew was growing out.

Petenia splendida juvenile

Tilapia mariae

Placidochromis johnstonii male

I’d like to thank Lew Carbone for having me over to his fishroom for a tour.

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