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Iodotropheus sprengerae

Picture of Iodotropheus sprengerae Picture of Iodotropheus sprengerae
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Common name:Rusty cichlid
Scientific name:Iodotropheus sprengerae
Size:3-4" (7.5-10cm)
Origin:Lake Malawi, East Africa.
Tank setup:Typical mbuna tank with many rock caves. Recommend 3ft/92cm plus.
Compatibility:A less aggressive species - combine with other mbuna species, which are not too aggressive.
Temperature:23-28oC (73-82oF)
Water chemistry:Hard and alkaline: pH 7.6-8.6 ; GH 7 plus ; KH 10-12 ideally, but at least 5-6.
Feeding:Omnivorous: feed live, frozen and flake/granular foods.
Sexing:Colour is identical, but males have clear egg-spots and a longer anal fin.
Breeding:Mouthbrooder. Spawning may produce between 5 and 60 eggs.
Comments: This species is not particularly aggressive and may be bullied by more aggressive tankmates. The base colour of this species is brown, but with the right feeding, the adults should develop an attractive purple sheen.

See also the Malawi mbuna section for more detailed info on keeping and breeding the Malawi mbuna cichlids.


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