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.
This fish will be brought into stock in 2.5 + Males Only. Smaller sizes are occasionally on a special order list.
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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 2.5" 1/2 color male.
Please note part color males are blue with darker blue lines and are not showing white patches yet.
1/2 color males have no white patches yet.
3/4 color males may have one or two small white patches.
Best kept in single male tanks with Lake Malawi Haplochromines.
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
|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|
|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|
Placidochromis sp. Phenochilus Tanzania (Star Sapphire)
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