Giant Tanganyika Cichlid (Boulengerochromis microlepis)
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Giant Tanganyika Cichlid
946 Litres (250 US G.)
60-90 cm (23.6-35.4")
8.0 - 9.0
24 -26 °C (75.2-78.8°F)
- Giant Tanganyika Cichlid, Giant Cichlid
Additional scientific names
- Tilapia microlepis, Paratilapia microlepis
- Endemic to Lake Tanganyika.
- Mature females are significantly smaller than males.
- Due to this fish's size it's best either kept in pairs or singly in species tanks. It can occasionally be combined with other large-growing Tanganyikan Cichlids. Large peaceful yet robust bottom-dwellers may also work.
- Should accept most meaty foods including high quality Cichlid pellets, as well as shrimp, earthworms and silversides.
- Feed once or twice a day.
- Requires hard alkaline with a pH 8.0 or above. Tank décor is not important as long as it's sturdy and a sand substrate is preferred. Needs a substantial amount of swimming space.
- A generally peaceful fish to those of similar size, but will eat smaller fish. They are increasingly territorial to their own species as they mature.
- Said to be one of the largest African Cichlids in existence. The body is long with a yellow-green base colour, with faint vertical dark green lines running down from the dorsal fin, these get darker as the fish ages. The head is speckled with blue spots.
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