Males have a blue body with a grey blaze on the head. Their fins have a purple hue. Their lower face is turquoise. Some may show a darker blue shoulder. A very stunning cichlid indeed. The rarest form of Phenochilus and the calmest variety of Phenochilus in the hobby. 

Have you tried Smart Start Complete yet? It helps to keep your aquarium water cycle system woking and keep fish healthy. CAS uses it in our tanks. Our 12 oz. bottles take up the same space as one 3.5" or smaller fish in our 12 x 12 x 10 and larger boxes. This means you can ship a bottle with your fish order with no extra shipping charge in most cases. see for more information. 

3" and large males come from the wholesaler occasionally. This fish may not be available year-round. Price is likely to rise. 

Base Price is for a 2.5-inch male.

These fish work best in all-male tanks with peacocks and milder haplochromines. It is hard to beat the color of an all-male African Cichlid Tank. 90 gallons or larger tank recommended. 

The best group to breed this fish is one male with five females. 75 gallons or larger tanks recommended. 40 Gallon Breeder will work as well. 

Profile Specs
Scientific Name Placidochromis sp. "Phenochilus Gissel"
Diet Carnivore
Breeding Mouth Brooder
Temperament Peaceful
Conspecific Temperament Mildly Aggressive
Maximum Size 10"
Temperature 78-82 F

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Placidochromis sp. "Phenochilus Gissel" (Europe) (Rare)

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