Endangered Species Living In Saltwater: Profile Of Paralabidochromis Chilotes

Paralabidochromis chilotes

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  • Common name:
  • Location and Lake collected from:  Found in many locations in Lake Victoria.
  • Approximate size:  5 inches is the largest I have seen.
  • Food:  Should eat most foods.  I have seen them eat flake and pellet foods.  My chilotes would eat flake foods, frozen brine shrimp, some live plants and loved to eat any Duck Weed I put into their tank.
  • pH:  7.6 – 8.4
  • Temperature:  75 – 82 degrees F.
  • Breeding behavior:  Mouthbrooder.  Can be kept in pairs, but as with most Victorian Species multiple females are recommended for each male.  My young males started to show adult coloration around 2 inches.
  • Tankmates:  I have seen them in with Neochromis rufocaudalis (nigricans), Haplochromis “Red Head nyererei”, Pundamilia nyererei Ruti Island, Paralabidochromis sp. Rock Kribensis, Paralabidochromis chromogynos, and Lipochromis sp. Matumbi Hunter without problems.  I have kept mine in with Haplochromis orthostoma and Astatotilapia latifasciata without problems.
  • Tank size:  A minimum tank size of 55 gallons is recommended for adults.
  • Additional notes:  The entire Paralabidochromis chilotes species complex is on the 2000 red list for endangered species.

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