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Boulengerochromis microlepis (Giant Cichlid)
One of the largest of all cichlids. Variable in colour, but normally yellowy with a series of dark, wedge-shaped bands on the flanks. Along the midline of the flanks there are usually a few large, approximately circular, black patches. The pelvic and anal fins are yellow. Males tend to have more yellow colouration and blue speckles on the face and flanks, while the females have more pronounced dark banding.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
A powerful predator, this species feeds primarily on smaller fishes that it chases down. While pairs are aggressive towards conspecifics, other species too large to be eaten are essentially ignored.
Due to its large size this species is not easily spawned in captivity. It builds a nest on the substrate and lays several thousand eggs. Both parents guard the eggs. The eggs hatch after a few days and the fry are free swimming within about 5 days, after which they will take only tiny live foods, such as plankton and infusoria.
|Family Group:||African Cichlids|
|Distribution||Lake Tanganyika, Africa|
|Size||Over 60 cm|
|Water Parameters||Hard, alkaline water essential|