Aquarium Index: Learn How To Raise Astatotilapia sp. Tricolor


Astatotilapia sp. Tricolor Fulu  

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  • Common name:  Unknown
  • Location and Lake collected from:  Collected on the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria.
  • Approximate size:  4 inches is the current size of my males.
  • Food:  Not picky. If it looks like the food they will try to eat it.  I feed mine flake, brine shrimp, daphnia, and mosquito larvae.  I have seen them eat pellet food before. 
  • pH:  7.5 – 8.3
  • Temperature:  75 – 82 degrees F.
  • Breeding behavior:  Mouthbrooder.  Males get very aggressive around spawning time. My dominant male tries to take over the entire tank for himself. Multiple females for each male are recommended. Multiple males can be kept in the same aquarium depending on the size of the tank, the amount of rocks, and the number of females in the tank.   Females brood for 18 – 25 days.  The first 2 spawns I got were 20 – 24 fry from 2 of my 2-inch females. 
  • Care of the Fry:  The fry can eat crushed flake food and baby brine shrimp.  They do well with several small feedings a day.  They are not picky about their water conditions.  Most spawns can be kept in a 10-gallon tank up to an inch in size.  My fry have also eaten several leaves off of the Anubias I had in the tank with them.
  • Tankmates:  I have had mine in with Labidochromis sp. Hongi, and Labidochromis caeruleus.  I have seen them kept with Haplochromis sp. All Red from Lake Edward and Neochromis rufocaudalis (nigricans) without problems.
  • Tank size:  I have 6 males and 12 females in a 30-gallon long tank.

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