• 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. 

Star Sapphire tend to get more aggressive with age. 

90 Gallon tank or larger recommended. 120-Gallon, four foot wide, or larger tank recommended for larger adults.  

These fish may be brought into stock in 3" to 3.75" males in small amounts when available. 4" and large males plus smaller sizes are occasionally on a special order list. Price is high because these fish are popular and not available year-round which makes their wholesale price high. 

Be sure to sign up for the newsletter in your account (Name, Address, Phone number for shipping purposes) to know when these fish are available. 

This fish is hard to spawn and does not spawn year-round. Therefore, they are not always available in the cooler months. 

Base Price is a 3" 3/4 color (blue with blue stripe, no blotches yet) Male

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

3/ 4color males (blue with blue stripe, no blotches yet)

Best kept in single male tanks with Lake Malawi Haplochromines. 

The best mix of sex for breeding is one male with five or six females. Very Hard to Breed. 120-Gallon, four foot Wide, or larger tank recommended. 

See Compatibility Chart for more Information

Recommended Foods:  Xtreme Cichlid PeeWee



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 (3.5" and under) Mildly Aggressive (4" and up)
Conspecific Temperament Mildly Aggressive (3.5" and under), Aggressive (4" and up)
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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