Protomelas marginatus Turquoise is a rare haplochromine type fish from Lake Malawi. Males have a blue face and a turquoise body with a black vertical line dividing the body in half. Females are silver with a black line dividing the body in half. Their body usually has dull yellow on it as well. These fish are not always available in the hobby. These fish can take a long time to reach full color and are difficult to photo.  To get the best of their color, do not mix them with more aggressive fish. These fish are very slow to color. Most look like the second photo and are very slow to show full color like the main photo.

Mildly aggressive haplochromines that mixes well with most other haplochromines, peacocks, milder mbuna, and milder Lake Victorians. Occasionally they can get more aggressive than expected. 

When this one is gone, these fish will be special order only  fish

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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.

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

Recommended foods  Xtreme Cichlid PeeWee, Xtreme Big Fella Stick

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Scientific Name Protomelas Marginatus (Turquoise Bileanatus)
Common Name(s) Protomelas Marginatus (Turquoise Bileanatus)
Geo. Origin Lake Malawi
Habitat Rocky
Diet Herbivore
Gender Differences Dimorphic
Breeding Mouth Brooder
Temperament Mildly Aggressive
Conspecific Temperament Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size 9"
Temperature 78 - 82F
pH 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness Hard

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Protomelas marginatus (Turquoise Hap) (RARE)

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