Cichlids and More: Exploring the Rio Comal, The World’s Shortest River
- Greg Steeves
The Comal River winds through Landa Park, New Braunfels, TX.
We have quite a diverse group of cichlidkeepers down here in South CentralTexas. We are fortunate to havewonderful knowledgeable retailers thatalways have the latest and greatest newfinds, and hobbyists that have larger fishrooms than many descent sized stores.As a cichlidphile, this is of course agreat advantage to have at your disposalbut for me, equally appealing is thenative fauna in and around our area.When I first visited this area ten yearsago, I was aware that the most northernnative cichlid in the new world wasfound in Texas. I had no idea that Icould see it so close to where I was. Mywife to be told me that the Texas cichlid(
) could befound in the waters all around our area.I had never seen a cichlid, native orintroduced, in any water outside anaquarium. Off we went in search of theTexas cichlid!
native tonorthern Mexico and the Rio Granddrainage of South Texas. All sourcessay it has been introduced into the springfed waterways of our area however, noone seems to know who, how or why itis here. The Texas cichlid is a rather