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.
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.
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.
Lew also had many more cichlids. One of my favorite fish ever, Petenia splendida Lew was growing out.
I’d like to thank Lew Carbone for having me over to his fishroom for a tour.