• Lethrinops sp. "Red Cap" Chirwa (Europe)

Males have a greenish body with red on their forehead and the upper front portion of their bodies. Females lack the red top. These fish are shy. Single males sometimes are slow to show full color and may not show full color (Blaze on Head) until around 4" or more These fish are more similar to Peacock Cichlids than Haplochromis fish in many ways. This fish may not eat pellet food (Xtreme cichlid pee wee) if you feed it daily. It may need to have Omni Color Flakes two times a week instead of the pellet food to keep them eating properly. This is particularly true for ones in the 2.5" or smaller size. 

This fish only available through a special order list. They are very delicate and hard to raise. 

2" and smaller sizes of this fish should be kept with one teaspoon per gallon of plain table salt in their water. 

This fish has proven too difficult to grow out consistently from smaller sizes from the wholesaler, When the ones in stock are sold, this fish will become special order only. 

Peaceful Cichlid Fish: Mix best with more peaceful Aulonocara Types, Haplochromis, and peaceful Lake Victorians as well.

Best kept in single male tanks with milder peacocks and milder Lake Malawi Haplochromines.  It is hard to beat the color of an all-male African Cichlid Tank.

Lethrinops work best with milder peacocks and milder haps. See the compatibility chart. 

The best mix of sex for breeding is one male with five or six females. 

Recommended food:  Xtreme Cichlid PeeWee 

Part Color males may only have egg spots on the anal fin and red on the dorsal fin. Some may show a little more color. They should color up over time. 

Profile Specs
Scientific Name Lethrinops Red Top
Common Name(s) Lethrinops Red Top
Geo. Origin From the extreme northern tip of the lake in Tanzania
Habitat Shallow sandy habitat near rocks
Diet Carnivore
Gender Differences Dimorphic
Breeding Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament Peaceful
Conspecific Temperament Aggressive
Maximum Size 4.5"
Temperature 78-82F
pH 7.8-8.6
Water Hardness Hard

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Lethrinops sp. "Red Cap" Chirwa (Europe)

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