Saturday, May 16th 2015 at 4:00 PM
at Hand-in-Hand Fire Co., 313 Enterprise Drive, Bird-in-Hand PA 17505
Tropheus, are they really that scary? by Klaus Steinhaus
Cichlids have been Klaus’ hobby for over 40 years. But there was life before cichlids. He had his first fish tank (with Guppies) when he was 8 years old and has never been without at least one tank since then. At the age of 20 and still living in Germany his interest turned to cichlids and Klaus was permanently hooked. When he moved to Canada in 1982, Klaus had to sell all my fish and equipment as he was unable to continue due to his new job. After things settled down a bit, the old “Fish Tank Disease” took over again. Now he has settled down to 18 tanks and his main focus has been the cichlids of Lake Tanganyika, specifically the genus Tropheus. However, lately Klaus’ focus has shifted to the Central and South American Cichlids. Especially the “Earth Eater's” have peeked his interest. Klaus also set tanks aside to keep some endangered Cichlids from different areas to help with the conservation effort. That is why he got involved with C.A.R.E.S.
To really enjoy a hobby, there has to be a social aspect to it. Being able to discuss your successes and failures with fellow hobbyists is one important part. The most important part however is to meet new people that have the same interests you have and make new friends. It is Klaus’ opinion that thee “old” hobbyists have an obligation to give something back to this beautiful hobby that has given us so much pleasure over such a long time.
Klaus also finds it very interesting to see and hear all the different reasons why people get hooked on cichlids. To him, they are just amazing to watch and to study. They really do have a "Personality". He tries to offer his cichlids an environment as close as possible to their natural habitat. It is the only way to see their true behavior and character. Klaus says, “There is nothing more fun in this hobby then to sit with other cichlid "freaks", have a few beers and talk cichlids until the small hours of the morning. So, if somebody wants to come for a visit, feel free to do so”.