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Protomelas(Cyrtocara) taeniolatus

Category: Cichlids - Malawi - Protomelas

Size: 8-10cm

Price: £14.95 each

Discount: No discounts available

Stock: 6 in stock


Sociability: Peaceful

Schooling Fish: No

Water Chemistry: More than pH 7 - Alkaline

Care Level: Difficult

Diet: Adaptable


Further details:

Further information can be found below:

Fish type: tropical
Male or Female Either males or females available (please be aware that some species are unsexable)
Water conditions: These fish are currently kept in water Ph 7.5 and Hard
Breeding: TBC
Volume Discount: No discounts available
Size: 8-10cm

Protomelas Taeniolatus (Red Empress Cichlid)

A relatively large but peaceful haplochromine cichlid from Lake Malawi. Juveniles and females are fairly nondescript silvery fish with black longitudinal markings. Sexually mature males are blue with extensive red regions around the flanks and fins. Several colour forms are known from particular parts of the lake. Previously known as Cyrtocara taeniolatus.


Fish information (behaviour and breeding):

A good addition to large Malawian community tanks. Like other haplochromines it is too easily bullied by mbuna, but otherwise works well with Aulonocara, Labidochromis, Nimbochromis and so on. Wild fish are predominantly herbivorous so regular offerings of algae-based flake food plus spinach and cooked peas is useful. Otherwise eats most flakes, pellets and finely chopped seafood. Breeding is similar to that of other mouthbrooding haplochromines.


Fish Details:

Further fish details are shown below:

Distribution Lake Malawi, Africa
Temperature 22-25 C
Size Up to 20 cm
Water Parameters Hard, alkaline water essential
Water PH 7.5-8.5