Chindongo demasoni


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SKU: Chindongo demasoni TR SM Categories: ,

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

Chindongo demasoni 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. Occasional protein-rich foods like brine shrimp or bloodworms can also be offered.

Average Adult Size:
Adult Chindongo demasoni typically reach sizes ranging from 3 to 4 inches (7.5 to 10 centimeters).

Minimum Tank Size:
Due to their small size and aggressive behavior, a minimum tank size of 30 gallons is recommended for a small group of Chindongo demasoni.
Larger tanks with plenty of hiding spots and areas for establishing territories are preferred, especially for keeping multiple specimens.

Chindongo demasoni is known for its highly territorial and aggressive behavior, especially towards conspecifics and similarly colored fish.
They are best kept in a species-only tank or with other robust and similarly sized cichlids from Lake Malawi to minimize aggression and territorial disputes.

Recommended Water Parameters:
pH: 7.8-8.6
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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