Paratilapia polleni


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SKU: Small Spot Starry Night Cichlid TR (P. polleni) SM Categories: ,

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Paratilapia polleni

Origin: Madagascar, endemic to freshwater habitats.

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

Diet: Omnivore; In the wild, they feed on a varied diet of small invertebrates, insects, and plant matter. In captivity, provide high-quality pellets, flakes, supplemented with live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, bloodworms, and plant-based options.

Average Adult Size: Can grow up to 10-12 inches (25-30 cm).

Sexual Dimorphism: Limited sexual dimorphism. Males may exhibit more intense coloration, especially during the breeding season.

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

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 polleni is known for its striking appearance and can develop interesting behaviors in captivity. Regular water changes, proper filtration, and a balanced diet are crucial for their well-being. Consider providing a suitable environment for potential breeding behaviors, such as flat rocks or caves.

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