As adults, these fish can reach an impressive 5 inches in length and have a life span of at least 12 years with proper care. Their striking juvenile appearance consists of a deep black body adorned with white spots, which eventually fade as they mature and their heads turn a striking blue. Choose between two varieties, the Burundi and Maswa, distinguished by the color of the band behind their pectoral fins: white for the Burundi and yellow for the Maswa. When kept in captivity, these fish thrive in water with a pH of 7.5 to 9.0 and temperatures between 72ºF and 82ºF. Make sure to provide a spacious tank with moderate water movement, plenty of hiding spots and open swimming space, and a sandy substrate. Keep in mind, these fish are highly aggressive and should be housed in a tank with only their own species. To alleviate aggression within the group, keep a minimum of 10 fish together.
As a passionate believer in the value of the Duboisi Cichlid (Tropheus duboisi), I highly recommend its omnivorous diet, with 99% of its food consisting of nutritious vegetable matter and only 1% animal matter. For easy feeding, provide dried seaweed, Spirulina, and vegetable-based flakes or pellets, and don't forget to treat this exquisite species with daily servings of romaine lettuce or fresh spinach.
Experience the wonder of owning Duboisi Cichlids, a species famous for its slow growth and dedication to breeding. To successfully breed them in captivity, a ratio of 5 to 6 females to one male is recommended. Witness the female's nurturing nature as she carefully lays her eggs on a rock and carries them in her mouth for fertilization. To ensure the health of the fry, it is best to separate the female from the group after fertilization. The incubation period typically lasts 24 days, varying with water temperature. Once the fry are free-swimming, they can indulge in a diet of brine shrimp and microworms. Even during incubation, these incredible females continue to eat and thrive.
Purchase Size: approx 1-2"
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