Enantiopus melanogenys


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Enantiopus melanogenys

Origin: Lake Tanganyika, Africa

Geographic Range: Sandy shallows along the shores of Lake Tanganyika.

Diet: Carnivore; In the wild, they feed on small invertebrates and zooplankton. Provide a varied diet including high-quality pellets, flakes, and occasional live or frozen foods like brine shrimp or small crustaceans.

Average Adult Size: Around 4-5 inches (10-12 cm)

Sexual Dimorphism: Limited sexual dimorphism; males may have slightly more extended finnage and brighter coloration.

Minimum Tank Size: 75 gallons or larger for a colony of Enantiopus melanogenys.

Temperament: Generally peaceful, but males can be territorial during breeding. Best kept in a species-specific setup or with other peaceful Tanganyikan cichlids.

Recommended Water Parameters:

pH: 7.8-8.5
Temp: 75-80°F (24-27°C)
Hardness: 8-15 dGH
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: Under 20ppm
Note: Enantiopus melanogenys is well-suited to a sandy substrate. Mimic their natural habitat by providing a tank with a sandy bottom. They are substrate spawners, and the tank should include rocks and shells for potential breeding sites. Maintain stable water conditions and avoid aggressive tankmates.

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