This is by far my most favorite rift lake cichlid. I've been keeping them for about 4 years or so now, and selectively breeding them. I put up some pics of my dominant male under the images. The adults i use to have them in a densely planted 100 gallon consisting of various anubius, Java fern, Torta Val, and mosses, which turned out very successful. They didn't eat any of the plants, as i would keep a fresh piece of romaine clipped in the tank every other day for them, and as a bonus any algae that grew on the plants would be stripped clean. I had to tear down the setup down once i started breeding them, as catching the mouthbrooding females would be impossible without disrupting the plants. The fry though i grow in a planted 55 gallon... They are a lot like Demasoni, as keeping them in groups is vital, although they aren't as aggressive. It's difficult i found to get more than one male to show dominant colouration, but when i expanded the group from 3m : 7f to 5m :11f:nearly all 5 would always show colour. One thing to note for, is this species susceptibility to BLOAT. Not nearly as sensitive to Demasoni though, but the diet should still consist of mostly green veggie and spirulina flake.
I have 7 of these guys, and they sure doeat their plants....
When I first got them, they ate over 200 feet of italian val in under 2 hours. They are also eating through some of my anubias.
I have 3 males, and 4 feamles, and have had no problems with aggression.
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