Chilotilapia rhoadesii

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 23 cm - 9"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
English name : Bream
Males of this fish are very aggressive to species of their own kind.  In a very large aquarium you can keep 2 males together with a lot of females.  The aquarium should be set up with a substrate of fine gravel, some large rocks and stones that form caves and crevices and some large, hard plants. 

In their natural habitat they eat snails but in the aquarium you can give them other powerful food such as insect larvae, shrimp and earthworms.

Breeding is not difficult.  After the eggs are laid the female takes the eggs in her mouth immediately.  They are fertilized by the male using the dummy egg method.  After 3 weeks the young fishes leave the mouth of the mother for the first time.  You can raise them with baby brine shrimp and fine crushed dry food.

Photo Credit
Jason Seelong

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