Abactochromis labrosus

$29.99

Abactochromis labrosus, also known as the Malawi Butterfly, is a unique and captivating species of cichlid native to Lake Malawi in Africa. Please note that the fish shown in the photo is not the exact fish you will receive and is only a representative of what a specimen will look like. The color may vary based on the age and sex (if listed as unsexed) of the fish you receive.

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Description

Abactochromis labrosus, also known as the Malawi Butterfly, is a unique and captivating species of cichlid native to Lake Malawi in Africa. Here’s a summarized care sheet to guide you in providing the best care for these fascinating fish:

– **Tank Size:** A minimum of 55 gallons (208 liters) is recommended for a small group of 4-6 individuals.
– **Tank Setup:** Use fine sand as substrate and provide ample rock formations to create caves and hiding spots.
– **Water Parameters:**
– Temperature: 76°F to 82°F (24°C to 28°C).
– pH Level: Slightly alkaline to neutral, ideally between 7.6 to 8.6.
– Water Hardness: Moderately hard to hard water, between 10 to 20 dH.
– **Filtration:** Employ a good quality filter to maintain water quality and reduce the risk of disease.
– **Feeding:**
– Offer a balanced diet of high-quality cichlid pellets or flakes as their primary food source.
– Supplement their diet with occasional live or frozen foods like brine shrimp, bloodworms, and daphnia.
– **Tankmates:**
– A peaceful species but can be territorial during breeding. Suitable tankmates include other peaceful Malawi cichlids.
– Avoid aggressive or fin-nipping fish to prevent stress and injuries.
– **Behavior and Social Structure:**
– Maintain a small group of 4 or more individuals to distribute aggression and reduce stress on single fish.
– Males may display colorful patterns during courtship and breeding.
– **Health and Disease:**
– Regularly observe their behavior and appetite to spot any signs of illness.
– Quarantine new fish before adding them to the main tank to prevent potential disease transmission.
– Provide clean, well-maintained water to promote overall health and immunity.
– **Breeding:**
– Breeding can be achieved in the right conditions.
– Provide flat rocks or caves for egg-laying and protection.
– Maintain slightly warmer water temperatures around 78°F to 82°F (25°C to 28°C) to stimulate breeding behavior.

Remember that successful care for Abactochromis labrosus and any other fish species requires careful research and attention to their specific needs. By creating a suitable environment and offering a balanced diet, you’ll ensure these captivating cichlids thrive and bring joy to your aquarium.

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