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Pseudotropheus elongatus 'usisya'
Similar to the more commonly traded zebra cichlid in shape and colouration, but noticeable more elongate. Males are typically more brightly coloured and have yellow egg spots on the anal fin. Numerous varieties collected from specific areas within the lake. The most commonly seen varieties are blue with darker blue vertical bands and yellow with brown or black vertical bands.
Fish information (behaviour and breeding):
Highly territorial and very aggressive, this is a lively, outgoing species that does well in aquaria. Males are best kept singly with large numbers of females (at least 5 females per male). Primarily herbivorous in the wild feeding on algae, aufwuchs, small invertebrates, and plankton. A mixed diet of prepared and green foods is recommended for success in captivity.
Fairly easy to breed. Females are mouthbrooders. Eggs are deposited on the ground and then picked up by the female, who buffets the egg spots on the male's anal fin. This causes him to release his sperm, fertlising the eggs. The eggs are incubated for 2-3 weeks, and then the fry held by the females for a couple more days after that. Brood size is around 20 eggs. The free-swimming fry are easily reared on algae and finely powdered flake food. All varieties of Maylandia elongatus cross breed with one another, and generally hybridise with other Maylandia species as well, so they are all best kept separately.
|Family Group:||African Cichlids|
|Distribution||Lake Malawi, Africa|
|Size||Up to 13 cm|
|Water Parameters||Hard, alkaline water essential|
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