Native to the Wouri river system of southwestern Cameroon, P. drachenfelsi stays under 2.5 inches in length. Known more commonly as Taeniatus Wouri, they are golden in color with the characteristic pink bellies highlighted with shiny turquoise scales, copper fins with a black ridge on the dorsal fin, and a small black spot on the caudal fin.
Found in coastal waters of Cameroon, P. kribensis “Lokoundje” is a lovely dwarf cichlid maxing out around 2.6 inches in length. They are cobalt blue with light pink undertones and bright yellow faces and fins.
A rare gem in eastern Guinea, Sierra Leone, and western Liberia, P. roloffi is hard to obtain in the aquarium trade. Reaching around 3 inches, males are larger, and exhibit silver bodies with a dark lateral stripe, a red-scaled cheek spot, and red, blue, yellow, and black patterning on their fins. Females are the more colorful sex with their vibrant purple bellies, and bright yellow faces and fins.
Nothing kills a hobby more than hard work…or boredom…sounds like most desk jobs, right? Well, aquarists are lucky, and can have the best of both worlds- simple care and interesting observations, all courtesy of these lovely African dwarf cichlids! Happy Labor Day aquarists!