Astatotilapia calliptera


Astatotilapia calliptera, commonly known as the Blue Pseudonochromis or Regal Blue Cichlid, is a beautiful species found in Lake Malawi, 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.

SKU: Astatotilapia calliptera "Blue" "Chizumulu Island" TR SM Categories: ,

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Geographic Range: Astatotilapia calliptera is found in various freshwater habitats across Africa, including rivers, lakes, and streams in countries such as Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

Astatotilapia calliptera is omnivorous, feeding on a variety of foods in the wild, including algae, small invertebrates, and plant matter.
In captivity, they should be fed a varied diet consisting of high-quality pellets or flakes designed for cichlids, supplemented with occasional live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, and vegetable matter.

Average Adult Size:
Adult Astatotilapia calliptera typically reach sizes ranging from 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters), depending on the specific subspecies and environmental conditions.

Minimum Tank Size:
A minimum tank size of 30 gallons is recommended for a small group of Astatotilapia calliptera.
Larger tanks with plenty of swimming space and hiding spots are preferred, especially for keeping multiple specimens or for providing territories.

Astatotilapia calliptera is generally peaceful compared to many other African cichlids, but they can still be territorial, especially during breeding.
They can be kept in a community tank with other similarly sized and temperamented fish, but aggression should be monitored, especially during breeding periods.

Recommended Water Parameters:
pH: 7.0-8.0
Temperature: 72-78°F (22-26°C)
Hardness: Astatotilapia calliptera can tolerate a wide range of water hardness, but they prefer slightly hard water with a dH range of 5-15.
Ammonia: Should be maintained at zero ppm (parts per million).
Nitrite: Should be maintained at zero ppm.
Nitrate: Keep nitrate levels below 20 ppm through regular water changes and efficient filtration.

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