Juba cichlid - Ptychochromis oligacanthus
Scientific name: Ptychochromis oligacanthus
Common name: Juba cichlid
Usual size in fish tanks: 15 - 27 cm (5.91 - 10.63 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7 - 8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 10 - 24°N (178.57 - 428.57ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 30 °C (75.2 - 86°F)
The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning
Where the species comes from: Oceania
Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial
Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Quality flakes or cichlid pellets should provide the staple diet for Juba cichlid. It will readily accept blood worms, earthworms and brine shrimp.
Juba cichlid is endemic to Madagascar; it inhabits the streams and water ways.
There are no physical differences between the sexes, the female will display a swollen belly when ripe with eggs.
Ptychochromis oligacanthus are substrate spawners and a pit will be dug out ready for the spawning. When the eggs are laid the parents will tend them and protect the site until hatching, this should take place in 8-10 days. While the fry are young the parents will continue to protect them and they can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Juba cichlid is 6 years.
Ptychochromis oligacanthus is probably best kept in a species tank with a sandy substrate; provide hiding places by adding bogwood etc.
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