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Jackson’s ntaka - Copadichromis jacksoni

Jackson’s ntaka - Copadichromis jacksoni

Scientific name: Copadichromis jacksoni

Common name: Jackson’s ntaka

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 17 - 20 cm (6.69 - 7.87 inch)


Recommended pH range for the species: 7.3 - 8.5

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 9 - 28°N (160.71 - 500ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 22 - 27 °C (71.6 - 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: peaceful

Usual place in the tank: Middle levels

Food and feeding

Feed Jackson’s ntakas with quality flake or pellets. Occasionally offer them treats of krill, brine shrimp and blood worms. Be very careful not to overfeed these fish as they are prone to Malawi bloat.


Africa; Jackson’s ntaka is found in Lake Malawi.


Males tend to be slightly larger and more brightly coloured than the females. The males should have three egg spots on their tails, while the female will only have two.


Copadichromis jacksoni are mouth brooders and when the eggs are laid, the female will scoop them up into her mouth and incubate them. After 2-3 weeks, she should emerge with the fry. At this stage the fry can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.


The expected life span for Jackson’s ntaka is 8 years.

Short description

Add plenty of rockwork to the tank to create hiding places as this fish is very territorial. A sandy bottom should also be provided as they like to search for food on the bottom.


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