Protomelas spilonotus

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 23 cm - 9"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
Generally this fish is rather peaceful.  You can keep them together with other species that are not very aggressive.  The aquarium should be set up with stones and rocks that form caves and crevices where they can hide.  A sandy substrate is appreciated.  You should keep one male together with several females.  A regular changing of the water is necessary.

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

Breeding is rather easy.  Up to 100 eggs are laid on a flat stone.  Immediately after that the female takes the eggs in her mouth.  They are fertilized by the male using the dummy egg method.  After that the female retreats behind the rocks.  After about 3 weeks the young fishes leave the mouth of the mother for the first time.  A few days later the mother does not admit them anymore.  You can raise them with baby brine shrinp and fine crushed dry food.

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