Not For Tankmate! Care Guide For Enantiopus Melanogenys


Enantiopus melanogenys

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Enantiopus melanogenys “Black Face” male pictured.

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  • Locations collected from: wide distribution throughout the lake.
  • Approximate Size: Males reach 6 – 7 inches, females reach 5 – 6 inches.
  • Food: Will eat flake, brine shrimp, daphnia, and mosquito larvae.  I never tried pellet foods with them.  They will also sift the sand looking for food. (See picture below.)
  • Water Conditions: Needs a pH between 8.6 – 9+ and a temperature between 75 – 78 degrees F.  These fish are extremely sensitive to even the slightest amount of ammonia.  
  • Breeding Behavior: Mouthbrooder.  Males need a sandy substrate to dig a pit to spawn in.  Multiple males can be housed in the same aquarium.  Males will chase the females slightly around spawning time.  A covered aquarium is recommended due to their natural tendencies to scatter when scared which can lead to jumping out of the tank.   
  • Tankmates: These fish are not community tank fish, even the Synodontis petricola I had in with them chased them around.

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