Fish Index For Your Aquarium: How To Raise Aggressive Melanochromis Chipokae

Melanochromis chipokae

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  • Location Collected From: Chidunga Rocks
  • Approximate Size: 6 inches
  • Food: Will eat anything that looks like food.   This includes flake, pellet, live, and frozen foods.
  • Water Conditions: Likes a temperature between 76 – 82 degrees and a pH between 7.5 – 8.4
  • Breeding Behavior: Mouthbrooder.  Both males and females will pick a territory and defend it with males being more aggressive about it towards spawning time.  They can easily kill any fish they decide doesn’t belong in their tank.  Males can be very rough on females.  Multiple females for each male and only 1 male per tank is recommended.  They like to have rocks and caves to hide in.  If they don’t like the caves you provide, they will make their own by digging the substrate out from under the rocks.  Be very careful how you place the rocks in your tank as falling rocks can easily break the bottom glass out of a tank.  
  • Tankmates: Should do well with some larger more aggressive Labidochromis species like Labidochromis sp. Perlmutt, and Labidochromis sp. Mbamba, Psuedotropheus species, and other larger Melanochromis species.  They are too aggressive for open water species (Copadichromis, Placidochromis, Protomelas) and Aulonocara species.

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