Protomelas sp. Spilonotus Tanzania Blue Gold goes by a number of different names in the industry. Males are blue with a yellow/orange area on the lower rear portion of their body and lower fins. This area starts out yellow and turns gold with age. This results in the confusion of different names for the same fish. Females are silver with a black vertical line dividing the body in half. Some males can take up to 4" to show full. color. My strain of this fish tends to color up earlier than some other strains. 

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This fish is bought in from my Wholesaler in 3-3.75" males or larger sizes and no longer being grown out in-store. If I can get some 2.5" Males and grow them out, I will do that as well to try to keep their price down. 

They may appear on a special order list as well. 

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Base Price is 3 3/4 color male" Male.

Mildly Aggressive Hap that mixes with Other Malawi Haplochromines.

Best kept in single male tanks with Lake Malawi Haplochromines. 90 gallons or larger tank recommended. 

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

Recommended Food Xtreme Cichlid PeeWee

Profile Specs
Scientific Name Protpmelas Insinis Spilonous Tanzania (Liuli)
Common Name(s) Protpmelas Insinis Spilonous Tanzania (Liuli)
Geo. Origin Liuli; Tanzania
Habitat Wave-washed upper habitat at steep rock coasts
Diet Carnivore
Gender Differences Dimorphic
Breeding Maternal Mouthbrooder
Temperament Peaceful
Conspecific Temperament Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size 12"
Temperature 78 - 82F
pH 7.8 - 8.6
Water Hardness Hard

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Protomelas sp. Spilonotus Tanzania Insignis (Blue Gold)

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