Ophthalmotilapia ventralis


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SKU: *Ophthalmotilapia ventralis "Longola Sunflower" TR MD Categories: ,

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Ophthalmotilapia ventralis

Origin: Lake Tanganyika, Africa

Geographic Range: Shallow rocky shores and open waters of Lake Tanganyika.

Diet: Omnivore; In the wild, they feed on zooplankton and small invertebrates. Provide a diet that includes high-quality pellets, flakes, and occasional live or frozen foods like brine shrimp or daphnia.

Average Adult Size: Around 6-8 inches (15-20 cm)

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

Minimum Tank Size: 125 gallons or larger for a group of Ophthalmotilapia ventralis.

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: 8.0-9.0
Temp: 76-80°F (24-27°C)
Hardness: 8-15 dGH
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: Under 20ppm
Note: Ophthalmotilapia ventralis is a deep-bodied cichlid that favors rocky environments. Provide a tank with plenty of open swimming space and rocky structures for territories. They are substrate spawners, and the tank should have suitable breeding sites like flat rocks. Maintain stable water conditions and avoid aggressive tankmates.

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