Cynotilapia zebroides "Ntekete" (White/Red Top) (Rare)
Males are blue with black horizontal lines that carry upward into the dorsal fin. Their dorsal fin has both a yellow and white edge. Lower fins are black. Females are duller in color, have more faint lines, and may or may not show yellow or white on the dorsal fin. These fish are very difficult to sex at a young age. Sex is the best guess under 2.5-3 inches.
CAS is one of the few places that you can find this fish. It was originally imported by Laif Demasion several years back. CAS purchased some from Laif and have been selling them ever since.
Some of these fish were used for a study at York College, York, PA. The results of this study were published in the Journal of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science 90(2): 37-43, 2016: THE INFLUENCE OF SHIFTED SPECTRAL SENSITIVITIES ON PREDATOR DETECTION ABILITY OF LAKE MALAWI AFRICAN CICHLIDS1 KELLY M. HANSON2 AND BRIDGETTE E. HAGERTY York College of Pennsylvania, Department of Biological Sciences, York, PA. This article can be found on page 37 to 43. See: http://pennsci.org/journals/ Currently the article is located under the Current Issue. When a new issue comes out, it can be found using the archives link. I am very proud that my fish were used for this study.
Last grow out count 09/08/2017. Next grow out count due: 09/01/2017.
Because these fish rarely can be sexed under 2.5", singles in smaller sizes are not recommended. If you are looking for females, when 2.5" Sex Uncertain Six packs are available, check with me by email and I may be able to come up with three to six very likely 2.5" females.
Mildly aggressive mbuna that mixes well with most other mbuna, not of the same color, and mixes well with Haplochromis, milder Lake Victorians, and sometimes with Peacocks as well
Never mix two mbuna of a similar color
See Compatibility Chart for More Information
Recommended Foods: Xtreme Cichlid PeeWee available in my Associate Store at http://astore.amazon.com/cicharespec-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=36, Cobalt Blue (Cobalt Aquatics) Spirulina Pellets or Flakes available in my Associate Store at http://astore.amazon.com/cicharespec-20?_encoding=UTF8&node=37
More information on http://cascommunityforums.com/index.php
|Scientific Name||Cynotilapia Afra Ntekete White/Red Top|
|Common Name(s)||Cynotilapia Afra Ntekete|
|Geo. Origin||Ntekete Bay|
|Habitat||Cavedweller in Rocky Habitat|
|Breeding||Maternal Mouth brooder|
|Conspecific Temperament||Mildly Aggressive|
|Maximum Size||3" to 3.5 Inches|
Temperature: This is the temperature range of the natural waters that these species of cichlid live. Not keeping your aquarium at these temperatures could jeopardize the health of the species.
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Common Name(s): This is the name given to the fish by aquarist to identify the species in the place of more confusing scientific names. Care should be given when identifying species by common name as more than one species can have the same common name resulting in cross breeding. It is recommended to use the scientific name when purchasing fish.
Geo. Origin: This is the geographical area that the species originated from.
Habitat: This is a description of the primary environment the cichlid can be found, such as in a rocky or sandy habitat. This does not mean a fish cannot be found in other habitats.
Diet: This is the type of foods the species primarily eats. This is very important because, for example, if a high protein diet is given to an omnivore, it could cause bloat and kill the fish. This is due to the fish not having the ability to break-down high levels of protein properly in the digestive system.
Gender Differences: This is a description of the visual differences between males and females of a species. Dimorphic is when the male of the species has brighter coloration while the females are plainer and more drab. Monomorphic, on the other hand, is when the male and female of the species look identical.
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pH: This is the pH range of the natural waters that the species of cichlid live. Not keeping your aquarium at these pH levels could jeopardize the health of the species.
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