Interview about Crenicichla species

If you recall my post back in February about trying to interview Dr. Henrique Varella from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, you’ll remember I said I was going to try to reach him again. I communicated with him over a year ago and we couldn’t make the interview happen for a variety of logistical reasons.

After a couple of recent e-mail exchanges, Dr. Varella again agreed to an interview. I composed a few questions and sent them to him, so I hope we can get this done soon.

If you’re not familiar with Dr. Varella, he is a prolific researcher in Brazil. He has discovered and formally named several cichlid species, including two recent ones from the genus Crenicichla. His most recent is the formal description of the Crenicichla sp. ‘Xingu III’ cichlid (Crenicichla dandara), which you can read a little more about here.

Stay tuned!

Bloodworm allergies

Bloodworms. Image from

Much has been written lately about bloodworm allergies. I’m sure many of you, like me, include bloodworms in your cichlid food pantry. I’ve never had a problem and I’m quite sure most of you haven’t either. However, that doesn’t mean you never will.

As this interesting article at Reef to Rainforest discussed, it’s a good idea to pay close attention to the labels on the foods you purchase for your cichlids.  Nearly anything can be an allergen. You may have a bloodworm allergy and not yet know it, especially if you’ve never handled them in the past. In fact, it doesn’t even matter what form they come in. Just because they’re frozen or freeze dried doesn’t mean you can’t, or won’t eventually, have a reaction.