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Cichlids (pronounced sick-lids) are a large family of freshwater fish prized and adored for their beautiful coloration. They are amongst the most diverse and specialized group of fish in the world. There are estimates of about 1300 or more species of this kind of fish, with a staggering number of color and size combinations. Many people have probably encountered a cichlid without even knowing it. Freshwater angelfish and oscars, both common aquarium fishes, are actually cichlids.
Most cichlids being displayed in aquariums nowadays can be classified into two categories: New World cichlids and African cichlids. New World cichlids are further divided and are often referred to as South and Central American cichlids. There are many different species and sub species of each group. They are a hardy, easy to care for fish species and they tend to have vivid colors. This characteristic is what initially attracts fish collectors and hobbyist to cichlids.
African cichlids come from three lakes in Africa: Lake Malawi, Lake Tanginika, and Lake Victoria. Lake Malawi is Africa’s third largest and second deepest lake. The 1000 species or more of Lake Malawi cichlids include some of the most beautiful fish in the world, fresh water or otherwise. African cichlids are known for their beautiful patterns and array of colors that are not typical to most freshwater fish. No other group of freshwater fish are more colorful than African cichlids. These fish are simply fascinating to observe and they will amaze you with their social behavior and the degree of intelligence they possess.
The cichlids of East Africa are renowned for their proliferation. With very few exceptions, African cichlids, especially those from Lake Malawi, are among the easiest aquarium fish to breed. Cichlids readily adapt to captivity, and that is why many species are available in local pet shops. They are very hardy fish, which makes them relatively easy to maintain. This characteristic of cichlids have helped them survive introduction into new environments and geographic locations.
One cichlid that’s been introduced a lot is the Tilapia, a species which has been important to the human food supply for thousands of years. It is well documented that the Egyptians kept fish in aquaria, and hieroglyphics in the tombs of the Pharaohs very clearly describe the farming of tilapia in ancient Egypt from 2500 BC. However, with its bland coloration, Tilapias are more known to be a food source rather than an aquarium fish.
African cichlids have very interesting behaviors. Most are what’s called “maternal mouth brooders,” that is, the mothers carry eggs and young in their mouths. Once a male has fertilized the eggs, the female will pick them up, and incubate them in her mouth for a period of 3 weeks to 31 days, depending upon the species. Many researchers believe that this behavior is an advancement in the evolution of reproductive methods, since it provides further protection to the offspring during a delicate period of their development. Even after the young have been released, the mother will frequently take them back up into her mouth when they are threatened.
In general, African cichlids are more aggressive than their New World counterparts. African cichlids are highly predatory and extremely territorial. In the wild, they often live together in groups or schools of like species. Mature cichlids guard their territory and they are not hospitable and may even behave aggressively to other fish, including cichlids of different species.
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Since 2002, BloodBanker.com has been THE resource for promoting blood donation awareness education and providing a volunteer made directory.
Here are the top 3 facts on blood donation on why it is so important:
3. A serious car accident requires the amount of blood from 50 people!
2. Cancer patients need blood from 8 people every week!
1. Every 2 seconds someone in the USA needs blood!
More on why donating blood is awesome...from author Michael S. Williams.
Though not controversial enough to qualify as front page news, sparse blood supply is affecting each person on this planet. You have a 25% likelihood to need a blood transfusion in your lifetime. When that time comes, would you want to be on a waiting list because there is no blood in stock at the hospital?
Despite the scarcity of blood supply in Europe and the United States, donations make up 48% of the 91.8 million donations in the world. All that blood for people who make up just 15% of the world's population.
Of the almost 92 million donations, only 4.3% donations have been reported from the 45 African countries. A blood supply that is scarcer than scarce since these countries make up 12% of the global population. The low turn-out of donors mean a very low supply for transfusions.
Severe blood loss or hemorrhage is a leading cause of 34% maternal deaths in Africa; this can occur during their pregnant state, on delivery and post partum. Low blood supply also accounts for 31% of maternal deaths in Asia and 21% deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Transfusion is one of the life-saving steps hospitals recommend for cases of severe bleeding anytime during pregnancy and after delivery. Without access to a healthy blood supply, mothers are dying. Access to a safe blood supply and life-saving measures are a big issue in low income homes like the ones in Africa. Not only volunteer blood donors are needed but volunteers for blood banks in these parts of the world.
Many recipients of donor blood have gone on to become donors themselves. If not for donors, they would have been dead or suffered lingering pain. Once an accident happens and it hits close to home, having life-saving blood available lessens the burden. Blood donation may not be for everybody, there are many ways to make several hours of your time matter for the community.
In 2009, Paul de Gelder, a NAVY diver got fatally bitten by a shark in Sydney Harbor while on duty. He had lost a lot of blood and the time he got to the hospital he couldn’t breathe properly or move. He lost his right leg and his right forearm that bled profusely. He survived, thanks to 300 units of blood and the 150 donors who made it possible for the transfusion.
In the United States, Brian Boyle had every major organ damaged and bones damaged in a terrible car accident. He died 8 times during recovery and had 36 transfusions to replace 60% of the blood he lost. For Brian, a single pint from each person can help not only strangers but loved ones who will be forever grateful. He now volunteers his and donates blood to the Red Cross. He is also an Ironheart Triathlete.
There is NO substitution for human blood when it comes to operations and treating a whole host of diseases. Don't let blood shortages become common place, support blood donation because you never know when you might need it!
Also, if you want to donate more to this noble cause, please visit BloodBanker.com and find our about us page to learn more about how you can help.
But, most importantly, spread the word about blood donation and we all benefit.