Scientific name: Pelmatochromis nigrofasciatus
Common name: N/A
Usual size in fish tanks: 10 - 12 cm (3.94 - 4.72 inch)
Recommended pH range for the species: 6 - 7.1
Recommended water hardness (dGH): 2 - 12°N (35.71 - 214.29ppm)
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Recommended temperature: 22 - 25 °C (71.6 - 77°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
Quality flake or cichlid pellets should provide the staple diet for this fish, treats of blood worm and brine shrimp will help to condition.
Africa; Pelmatochromis nigrofasciatus are to be found in the central Congo basins.
Males will be larger with extended dorsal and anal fins. Females will have a reddish tint to their stomach and chest.
Pelmatochromis nigrofasciatus tend to breed better when placed on their own in a breeding tank. A sand substrate needs to be provided, along with flat rocks or slate for spawning sites. The eggs will be laid on a cleaned site and they will hatch after a period of about 4 days. The fry should be free swimming after another 4 days and can be fed on newly hatched brine shrimp.
The expected life span for Pelmatochromis nigrofasciatus is 16-17 years.
Pelmatochromis nigrofasciatus are not a difficult fish to keep as long as the water quality is high. They need regular water changes. They are a peaceful species that can be kept with smaller tank makes.
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