Alcolapia alcalica


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SKU: Soda Cichlid TR (A. alcalica) MD Categories: ,

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Alcolapia alcalica

Origin: Lake Natron, Africa

Geographic Range: Restricted to the highly alkaline and saline Lake Natron

Diet: Omnivore; Feeds on small invertebrates, algae, and detritus present in Lake Natron.

Average Adult Size: Around 2-3 inches (5-7.6 cm)

Sexual Dimorphism: Limited sexual dimorphism; males may exhibit more vibrant coloration during the breeding season.

Minimum Tank Size: Minimum of 30 gallons; requires highly specialized conditions mimicking the extreme environment of Lake Natron.

Temperament: Fairly peaceful.

Recommended Water Parameters:

pH: 8.0-10.0 (Extremely high due to the alkaline nature of Lake Natron)
Temp: 28-38°C (Variable but typically warm, reflecting the conditions of Lake Natron)
Hardness: 179-625 ppm (Very high due to the alkaline nature of Lake Natron)
Note: Alcolapia alcalica is an extremophile adapted to the extreme conditions of Lake Natron. Replicating these conditions is challenging and not suitable for most home aquariums. Consult with experts and consider ethical considerations before attempting to keep such specialized species.

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