Protomelas taeniolatus
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Protomelas taeniolatus

Common Names: Red Empress
Spindle Hap
Synonyms: Cyrtocara taeniolata
Cyrtocara taeniolatus
Haplochromis taeniolatus
Family: Cichlidae
Category: Cichlids
Distribution: Africa; Lake Malawi, Africa.
Main Ecosystem: Rift Lake; Rift Lake
Temperament: Peaceful; Extremely aggresive when in breeding mode and claims large territories. If females are not willing to co-operate with the male he will kill them. When alone are very peaceful and are more intersted in swimming up and down the tank than starting a fight.
Diet: Herbivore; Herbivore
Care: Feed with flake and pellet food. May also be fed live food such as small fish and worms. They need a very large tank to claim territories because they are the most active malawi fish and love to swim. They need lots of rock work to hide in, especially for the females. Include a large amount of gravel to dig in.
7.2 - 8.5
24°C - 26°C
75°F - 79°F
10 dH - 20 dH
Potential Size: Male: 20cm (7.9")
Female: 20cm (7.9")
Water Region: All; All
Activity: Diurnal; Diurnal
Gender: Males are bright blue and red. Females are grey.
Breeding: Red Empress are mouth brooders. The fry are transferred to pits dug by the male.
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Main Colours: Blue, Red
Markings: Not Specified
Mouth: Normal
Tail: Convex
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Submitted By: Adam
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