Be Cautious Of Aquarium Temperature: Photos And Profile About Prognathochromis Perrieri

Prognathochromis perrieri (33945 bytes)

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  • Common name:  Unknown
  • Location and Lake collected from:  Northern Mwanza Gulf, Lake Victoria
  • Approximate size:  About 2.5 inches
  • Food:  I have tried flake food, brine shrimp, and daphnia which they eat without hesitation.  Mine seem to do the best when given 2 or 3 small feedings a day.
  • pH:  7.4 – 8.6
  • Temperature:  76 – 80 degrees F.  They seem to be more sensitive about their temperatures than a lot of other Victorians.  If the temperature drops much below 76′ F and they start laying on the bottom of the tank and quit eating.  Much about 80′ F and they start swimming at the top of the tank and quit eating.
  • Breeding behavior:  Mouthbrooder.  My males will aggressively defend their territories around spawning time, but any other time they just chase the intruder out of their area.  I have multiple males in the same aquarium without any problems.  My males will chase the females around spawning time.  My 1.75-inch females held their first brood for about 15 days and produced 7 fry.  My 2.5-inch female held for 12 – 14 days and produced 13 fry.  They seem to want to spawn more when the tank lights are left off.
  • Care of the Fry:  Newly released fry can eat crushed flake food, baby brine shrimp, and other small foods.  They should be given a minimum of 3 small feedings per day.  Spawns can be kept in a 10-gallon tank up to an inch in size.  They are smaller than the average Victorian Cichlid fry and are more sensitive to temperature changes and need to be fed more often.  Males start to develop adult coloration at around 1.75 – 2 inches. 
  • Tankmates:  I have only tried them in with Synodontis petricola.
  • Tank size:  I have 11 adults (2 males and 9 females) in a 70-gallon aquarium.
  • Additional notes:  This fish is believed to be extinct in the wild and is listed on the 2000 red list for endangered species.

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