Tramitichromis intermedius
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Tramitichromis intermedius

Common Names: Chisawasawa
Synonyms: Lethrinops intermedia
Trematocranus intermedius
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: Africa; Endemic to Lake Malawi
Main Ecosystem: Rift Lake; Lake Malawi
Temperament: Aggressive; Peaceful compared to most other cichlids.
Diet: Ominvore; In the wild, staple is crustacea and insects.
Care: Same requirements as for all rift lake cichlids. Not overly aggressive compared to most other rift lake cichlids. Will not eat plants. Can be kept in community type aquariums with other fish that are somewhat aggressive. Sand substrate is recommended. Females are more reclusive, with males having territories.
8 - 9
22°C - 26°C
72°F - 79°F
9 dH - 15 dH
Potential Size: Male: 16cm (6.3")
Female: 16cm (6.3")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males are colorful with iridescent colors of blues and greens on their scales, and some on their fins. The females are more drab, with mostly brown coloration. Both sexes have the three spots markings. The females are also slightly smaller in size when fully grown.
Breeding: A common mouthbrooder. The male makes a spawning site, by creating a crater in the substrate. The male and female encircle each other, where as the female lays her eggs, and the male fertilizes them. The female then picks the eggs up and carries them in her mouth. The female will carry the eggs and fry for 3-4 weeks. It is best to separate her at this time.
Comments: A very gentle fish from Lake Malawi. Easily cared for, and easily bred, given the proper environment. Will accept a wide range of foods, including fresh, live, frozen, flake, ect.
Main Colours: Green, Blue, Red
Markings: Spots Large
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Flat
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