Tropheops tropheops

Explanation of the symbols


Family : Cichlidae
Origin : Lake Malawi
Length : 20 cm - 8"
Min. length aquarium : 200 cm - 80"
You should keep one male together with several females.  The aquarium should be set up with a substrate of fine gravel, and stones and rocks that form caves and crevices.  A territory is made.  They are very aggressive and intolerant, even to species of their own kind.

They are omnivorous but they prefer live food and algae.  Beef heart and dry food is accepted as well.

Breeding is rather easy.  Up to 40 eggs are laid and immediately after that taken in the mouth by the female.  They are fertilized by the male using the dummy egg method.  The mother takes care of the young fishes only a few days.

Photo Credit

Sam Jaffe

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