• Placidochromis sp. Phenochilus Tanzania (Star Sapphire)

Placidochromis sp. Phenochilus Tanzania Star Sapphire is the only fish from Lake Malawi that males develop bright white starspots. Males are blue with darker blue stripes until they reach about 4 to 5 inches. They turn bright blue with white starspots making them one of the most attractive fish in the cichlid world. Females are darker blue/gray with dark blue horizontal lines. This fish can be hard to breed and is not always available in the hobby. Farm prices are on the rise due to high demand and low supply of this fish. C.A..R.E.S. Program Fish, Endangered,  facing a high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium term future. This fish is very popular in the hobby. Part Color Males are Bue with darker Blue Stripe and have yet to develop white blotches. 

This fish will be brought into stock in 2.5" + Males Only. Base Price is for a 2.5" Part Color Male. 

5" Male is just starting to show star blotches.  

Please note part color males are blue with darker blue lines and are not showing white patches yet.

Mildly aggressive haplochromis that mixes well with most other haplochromis, peacocks, milder mbuna, and milder Lake Victorians. Males 3" and up do not like each other and two males are not likely to get along in the same tank. 

See Compatibility Chart for more Information

Recommended Foods:  Xtreme Cichlid PeeWee

More Information on http://www.cascommunityforums.com/ 

 

 

Profile Specs
Scientific Name Placidochromis Phenochilus Tanzania Star Sapphire
Common Name(s) Placidochromis Phenochilus Tanzania Star Sapphire
Geo. Origin From Chiwindi to Mara Point; Mozambique & Lumessi Mozambique to Ntekete Malawi
Habitat Sandy habitat
Diet Carnivore
Gender Differences Dimorphic
Breeding Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament Peaceful
Conspecific Temperament Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size Males 10" Females 6"
Temperature 78 - 82F
pH 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness Hard

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Placidochromis sp. Phenochilus Tanzania (Star Sapphire)

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