Protomelas similis

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 12 cm - 5"
Min. length aquarium : 120 cm - 50"
English name : Gorgeous Hap
Rather peaceful fish that you should keep in a small group.  The aquarium should be set up with stones that form caves and crevices because females need their own territory during breeding times.  They are very sensitive for nitrates, it is important to change the water regularly.

They are omnivorous.  You should give them a great variety of live, frozen and dry food.

Breeding is not difficult.  When the eggs are laid the female takes them in her mouth immediately.  They are fertilized by the male by using the dummy egg method.  You should remove the female to a separate aquarium.  After 3 weeks the young fishes leave the mouth of the mother.  You can feed them with baby brine shrimp.

Photo Credit
Magdalena Kwolek

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