Buccochromis spectabilis


Buccochromis spectabilis, also known as the Malawi Butterfly or Haplochromis spectabilis, is a stunning species of cichlid native to 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: Buccochromis spectabilis TR LG Categories: ,

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Geographic Range: Endemic to Lake Malawi in East Africa, particularly found in rocky habitats along the shoreline.

Buccochromis spectabilis is primarily piscivorous, meaning they mainly feed on other fish in the wild.
In captivity, they should be fed a diet consisting of high-quality pellets or flakes designed for carnivorous cichlids. They can also be offered live or frozen foods such as shrimp or krill.

Average Adult Size:
Adult Buccochromis spectabilis typically reach sizes ranging from 8 to 10 inches (20 to 25 centimeters), with males often being larger and more colorful than females.

Minimum Tank Size:
A minimum tank size of 75 gallons is recommended for a single Buccochromis spectabilis.
Larger tanks with plenty of swimming space and hiding spots are preferred, especially for keeping multiple specimens or for providing territories.

Buccochromis spectabilis is aggressive and territorial, especially towards conspecifics and smaller tankmates.
They are best kept with other large, aggressive cichlids in a species-only tank or in a large Lake Malawi biotope setup with ample hiding spots and territories.

Recommended Water Parameters:
pH: 7.5-8.5
Temperature: 76-82°F (24-28°C)
Hardness: Lake Malawi cichlids prefer hard water with a dH range of 10-20.
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.

Due to their aggressive nature, careful consideration should be given to tankmates and tank setup to ensure a harmonious aquarium environment.

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