Iodotropheus sprengerae
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Iodotropheus sprengerae

Common Names: Lavender Mbuna
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: Africa; Africa
Main Ecosystem: Rift Lake; Lake Malawi (Mbuna)
Temperament: Peaceful; The Rusty is one of the most peaceful Mbunas, but can become aggressive during spawning.
Diet: Ominvore; Ominvore
Care: Feed a diet of vegetables and meaty foods. Using care not to overfeed or they will become sluggish. Caves are very important to Rusties as they sometimes need a place or way to get away from a more frisky or aggressive fish.
7.8 - 8.6
25.5°C - 28°C
78°F - 82°F
10 dH - 20 dH
Potential Size: Male: 10cm (3.9")
Female: 10cm (3.9")
Water Region: Middle; Middle
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Appear the same, but males will be larger with more egg spots than females. They also grow faster than the females.
Breeding: Mouth Brooder
Comments: This is a relatively peaceful Mbuna, who tends not to dig as other Mbuna do.
Main Colours: Brown, Blue, Purple
Markings: Striped Vertical
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Flat
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