Pelvicachromis taeniatus


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SKU: Pelvicachromis taeniatus "Nigerian Red" WILD MD Categories: ,

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Pelvicachromis taeniatus

Origin: West Africa – Nigeria, Cameroon, Liberia

Geographic Range: Slow-moving streams, rivers, and ponds in the region.

Diet: Omnivore; Enjoys a varied diet including high-quality pellets, live or frozen foods such as brine shrimp, daphnia, and vegetable matter.

Average Adult Size: Around 2.5-3 inches (6-7.6 cm)

Sexual Dimorphism: Males are typically larger and may have more pointed dorsal fins. Females may exhibit more color during breeding.

Minimum Tank Size: 20 gallons for a pair, larger for a community

Temperament: Generally peaceful, but territorial during breeding. Best kept in pairs or in a community tank with other non-aggressive fish.

Recommended Water Parameters:

pH: 6.0-7.5
Temp: 75-82°F (24-28°C)
Hardness: 5-15 dGH
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: Under 30ppm
Note: Pelvicachromis taeniatus is a dwarf cichlid known for its vibrant colors and interesting behaviors. Provide caves or hiding spots for breeding pairs, as they are cave spawners. They are generally adaptable to a range of water conditions.

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