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Pseudotropheus Salousi

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- Pseudotropheus Salousi

Scientific name: Pseudotropheus Salousi

Common name: Salousi Cichlid

Family: Cichlidae

Usual size in fish tanks: 8 - 10 cm (3.15 - 3.94 inch)

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Recommended pH range for the species: 7.5 - 8

Recommended water hardness (dGH): 12 - 25°N (214.29 - 446.43ppm)

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Recommended temperature: 24 - 29 °C (75.2 - 84.2°F)

The way how these fish reproduce: Spawning

Where the species comes from: Africa

Temperament to its own species: aggressive/territorial

Temperament toward other fish species: aggressive/territorial

Usual place in the tank: Bottom levels

Origin

Pseudotropheus saulosi is a species of cichlid endemic to Lake Malawi in East Africa where it lives in areas with rocky substrates.

Lifespan

Approximately 5 years.

Description

The Saulosi Cichlids are classified as dwarf-mbuna they can grow to 3.4 inches in length they are born yellow but as they reach adulthood the males turn blue with several vertical black bars. Less dominant males are paler blue and it is possible for some younger males to remain mixed in with the females, in typical yellow female dress. When the dominant male leaves a certain group, one of these incognito males may color up and become dominant.

Food

In the wild the bumble bee cichlid feeds on parasites and catfish eggs. In the aquarium they will accept a wide variety of foods such as flakes, algae wafers, live, dried and frozen foods.

Sexing

An elongated African cichlid, the two sexes are different colours. The males being a vivid blue in base colour, with several vertical dark blue/black down the flanks. The females are a bright yellow in base colour with faint darker vertical bands down the flanks

Breeding

The Saulosi Cichlids are mouthbrooders. The female holds the eggs in her mouth until the fry are able to swim which normally takes 13–18 days.