Malawi blue dolphin - Cyrtocara moorii
Scientific name: Cyrtocara moorii
Common name: Malawi blue dolphin
Usual size in fish tanks: 17 - 20 cm (6.69 - 7.87 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 7.2 - 8.8
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 10 - 18°N (178.57 - 321.43ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 24 - 26 °C (75.2 - 78.8°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 to smaller
Usual place in the tank: Middle levels
Food and feeding
Malawi blue dolphins are not fussy eaters, they will accept quality flake, cichlid pellets. Spirulina flake added to the diet will benefit the fish.
Africa; Malawi blue dolphin is endemic to Lake Malawi.
Malawi blue dolphins are very hard to sex; it is believed that the males will develop a larger nuchal hump when mature. Both sexes coloration will be the same.
The male will dig a pit in the substrate or clear a flat rock to use as the spawning site. The eggs are fertilized as soon as they are laid and the female will immediately pick them up for mouth brooding. The eggs will hatch after 18-21 days, a week later the fry will be released. With this species, it is best to house one male with several females.
The expected life span for Cyrtocara moorii is 12 years.
Cyrtocara moorii will grow large; an aquarium of at least 75 gallons is required to house several adults. It is quite tolerant of water conditions but weekly water changes are a must.
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