Paratilapia bleekeri

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SKU: Large Spot Starry Night Cichlid TR (P. bleekeri) SM Categories: ,

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Paratilapia bleekeri

Origin: Madagascar, found in various rivers and lakes.

Geographic Range: Native to Madagascar, primarily inhabiting rivers and lakes.

Diet: Omnivore; In the wild, they feed on a variety of small invertebrates, insects, and plant matter. In captivity, provide a diverse diet that includes high-quality pellets, flakes, live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and vegetable matter.

Average Adult Size: Can reach up to 12 inches (30 cm) in length.

Sexual Dimorphism: Limited sexual dimorphism. Males may exhibit more intense coloration, and during breeding, there may be subtle differences in body shape.

Minimum Tank Size: A spacious tank of at least 75 gallons is recommended for an adult Paratilapia bleekeri.

Temperament: Generally peaceful but can become territorial, especially during breeding. Keep them with tankmates of similar size and temperament.

Recommended Water Parameters:

pH: 7.2-8.5
Temp: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
Hardness: 5-15 dGH
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: Under 20ppm
Tank Setup:

Provide a well-aerated tank with hiding spots created by rocks, driftwood, or artificial structures.
Maintain a substrate of sand or fine gravel to mimic their natural habitat.
Live plants can be included, but be mindful of the fish’s potential digging behavior.
Note: Paratilapia bleekeri is a hardy cichlid but requires stable water conditions. Regular water changes and proper filtration are essential. This species may exhibit breeding behavior, so providing appropriate conditions for spawning, such as flat rocks or caves, may result in breeding activity.

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