Greenface sandsifter - Lethrinops furcifer
Scientific name: Lethrinops furcifer
Common name: Greenface sandsifter
Usual size in fish tanks: 16 - 19 cm (6.3 - 7.48 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7.5 - 8.5
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 10 - 18°N (178.57 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 23 - 27 °C (73.4 - 80.6°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Africa
Temperament to its own species: peaceful
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Avoid high protein, meaty foods with this fish. Quality flakes or pellets should provide the staple diet. Brine shrimp and mysis can also be given but take great care not to over feed this fish.
Africa; this species is found in Lake Malawi.
There are no physical differences between the sexes.
Provide hiding places in the tank. One male should be added with several females. The males will dig pits in the substrate and the eggs will be laid at the side of these. Female sand dwellers are quite delicate, because of this it may be better to remove the male while she is mouth brooding. When the fry are released, they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp or crushed flake.
The expected life span for Greenface sandsifter is 15 years.
Lethrinops are a very peaceful species of Malawi cichlid; do not put them in a tank with the more aggressive fish. They are bottom dwellers and will feed from there. Add rock work to the tank to provide hiding places.