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Rusty Cichlid Lavender Mbuna Iodotropheus sprengerae

Category: Cichlids - Malawi - Miscellaneous Mbuna

Size: 4-5cm

Price: £7.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 15 in stock


Diet: Adaptable

Care Level: Easy

Water Chemistry: More than pH 7 - Alkaline

Schooling Fish: No

Sociability: Peaceful


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Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Cannot be sexed
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 8.0 and Hard
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 4-5cm

Iodotropheus sprengerae (Rusty Cichlid, Lavender Mbuna)

Three species of Iodotropheus are known of which only one, Iodotropheus sprengerae, is widely traded. Iodotropheus sprengerae has a very distinctive purple sheen against a basically brick red body colouration. In good condition these are very attractive fish. Males and females are similar, though females usually have fewer egg spots than the males and may be less brightly coloured.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Iodotropheus are superb choices for the Lake Malawi community being relatively peaceful, easy going fish. The males do not hold territories and rarely fight; while they shouldn't be overcrowded, it is perfectly possibly to keep a group of these cichlids in a reasonably large aquarium.

Iodotropheus get along well with non-aggressive mbuna and other Lake Malawi cichlids including Labidochromis caeruleus, Cynotilapia, etc. They should never be mixed with more aggressive cichlids such as Pseudotropheus or Melanochromis.

Feeding is not a problem as these fish will eat most foods. Flake food is accepted, but daphnia, bloodworms and other small animals are particularly favoured.

Maternal mouthbrooders; easy to breed.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution Africa: Lake Malawi
Temperature 24-28 C
Size Up to 10 cm
Water Parameters Hard, alkaline water essential; also does well in brackish water
Water PH 7.5-8.5