Chilotilapia rhoadesii


Chilotilapia rhoadesii, commonly known as the Red-Fin Hap or Red-Fin Mbuna, is a captivating 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: Chilotilapia rhoadesii TR MD Categories: ,

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

Chilotilapia rhoadesii is primarily herbivorous, feeding on algae and plant matter in the wild.
In captivity, they should be fed a diet consisting mainly of high-quality pellets or flakes formulated for herbivorous cichlids. Supplement their diet with fresh vegetables like blanched spinach, zucchini, and spirulina flakes.

Average Adult Size:
Adult Chilotilapia rhoadesii typically reach sizes ranging from 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters), with males often being larger and more colorful than females.

Minimum Tank Size:
A minimum tank size of 50 gallons is recommended for a small group of Chilotilapia rhoadesii.
Larger tanks with plenty of swimming space and areas for grazing are preferred, especially for keeping multiple specimens.

Chilotilapia rhoadesii is relatively peaceful compared to many other Lake Malawi cichlids, but they can still exhibit territorial behavior, especially during breeding.
They can be kept in a community tank with other similarly sized and temperamented cichlids, but aggression should be monitored, especially during breeding periods.

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.

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