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Pseudocrenilabrus philander dispersus (Copper Mouthbrooder)

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A small mouthbrooding species. Sexual dimorphism obvious. Though not as strikingly coloured as some other Pseudocrenilabrus, the males sport an attractive pattern of blue and red markings on the dorsal, anal, and caudal fins. Overall body colour is coppery. The females are comparatively drab.

Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

Males are territorial and extremely aggressive despite their small size. Ideally, keep only one male per tank, and ensure there are at least two females per male. Avoid mixing with other bottom dwelling fish (such as dwarf catfish or other cichlids). Mixes well with robust mid- and surface water species, such as Congo tetras. On the other hand, this species is too small and retiring to do well kept with larger Haplochromis or mbuna.

This is an easy to breed species, with males courting any females kept with them. The female broods the eggs for about 10 days, after which point around 40 fry will emerge. The baby fish can be easily raised on newly-hatched brine shrimp and finely powdered flake.

Family Group: African Cichlids
Distribution South Africa and Namibia
Temperature 24-26 C
Size 8 cm (males); 5 cm (females)
Water Parameters Slightly hard, alkaline water preferred
Water PH 7.0-7.5