Pseudotropheus Orange Cap Perspicax

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Pseudotropheus Orange Cap Perspicax

Scientific name: Pseudotropheus Orange Cap Persicax

Common name: Perspicax

Family: Cichlidae

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


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


Pseudotropheus sp. "perspicax orange cap" is found at Ndumbi and Pombo Reef in Lake Malawi


Approximately 10 years.


Pseudotropheus perspicax is a new, undescribed and popular maternal mouthbrooder. In the past few years, the This fish, is very similar to the species Pseudotropheus Perspicax and the undescribed species Pseudotropheus sp. "perspicax yellow breast", and Pseudotrophueus sp. "perspicax tanzania".



This fish is an herbivore in the wild and feeds in a similar way to Labidochromis, nipping away at algae on rocks. Feed a balanced diet in captivity, but include a high quality veggie flake or pellet to it.


Sexual Dimorphism: Males are larger than females, and attain a purple/blue color with an orange blaze while females remain brown


Red Top ndumbi are very easy to breed. Male color will intensify during breeding and look spectaculr. At this point they become territorial. The fish breed in the typical manner for Pseudotropheus.

Females are excellent holders and will hold term for about 20-22 days. The fry are small and range from 15-35. They grow quickly and by two months are over an inch in length. Raising the fry poses no problems.