Males show unusual color which is hard to describe. see: http://www.cichlid-forum.com/profiles/species.php?id=1079 These fish are very slow to show full color and only one male will show color in a group. Male color starts out as brown around 4" and turns to full color after 5" or more.
Despite their larger size, this fish is very peaceful and can be shy. Do not mix it with larger more aggressive haplochromines.
They are best kept in a group of their own in a large 4-foot wide or wider tank. Minimum 120 gallons.
The best group for breeding is one male with six females.
May work as a single male with very calm tank mates. (See Compatibility Tank)
|Scientific Name||Fossorochromis Rostratus|
|Common Name(s)||Malawi Sand Dweller|
|Geo. Origin||Lake Wide|
|Habitat||Shallow Sandy Areas|
|Conspecific Temperament||Mildly Aggressive|
|Temperature||78 to 82 F|
|pH||7.8 to 8.6|
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