Protomelas sp. Steveni Taiwan Reef
Product Code: Malawi Haplochromines
Protomelas sp. Steveni Taiwan Reef males start out with a blue face and a yellow and red body with black checkerboard lines. When they mature, around 4 inches, males turn blue with a yellow area on the front portion of their body diplaying a red anal fin. Females are silver with several vertical black lines with a darker color face.. C.A.R.E.S. Program Fish, Vulnerable facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium term future.
Mildly aggressive haplochromis that mixes well with most other haplochromis, peacocks, milder mbuna, and milder Lake Victorians.
See Compatibility Chart for more Information
Breeds best in trios in larger tanks of 75 gallons or more. May breed in 40 gallon breeder at about 2.5 to 3.5" as well.
See Keeping Haplochromis page for more information
|Scientific Name||Protomelas Steveni Taiwan Reef|
|Common Name(s)||Protomelas Steveni Taiwan Reef|
|Geo. Origin||Taiwan Reef; Malawi|
|Habitat||Sediment-free rocky habitat|
|Conspecific Temperament||Mildly Aggressive|
|Temperature||78 - 82F|
|pH||7.8 - 8.6|
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.
Scientific Name: This is the scientific name given to the fish in order to properly identify the species.
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.
Breeding: This is a description of how the species breeds.
Temperament: This describes the overall temperament of the species towards other tankmates of a different species.
Conspecific Temperament: This describes the overall temperament of the species towards other tankmates of the same species.
Maximum Size: This is a description of the total length (including the tail) of typical aquarium specimens. Wild specimens may not attain this size, or may in fact grow larger than aquarium raised individuals due to various factors. This is not a guarantee to the maximum size it is just a generalization.
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.
Water Hardess: This is the amount of minerals in the water, such as calcium, magnesium, iron, and many types of divalent salts. The minerals in the water play an important role in the biological process of cichlid. They are necessary for bone formation, blood clotting and other metabolic reactions. A lack of proper minerals in the water can reduce the energy available for growth and may jeopardize the health of the species.
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