(Callochromis melanostigma)

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Remarks: Males develop bright orange-yellow markings on the stomach. They build crater-nests in the open sand to attract mates, which is a stunning sight to witness. Spawning occurs in the crater, where females take the eggs into their mouths and mouthbrood for several weeks. They require a large, sandy space free of other decor. Sand is necessary, as they seem to spend a considerable amount of time sifting it through their gills to feed. 

Males will act aggressively towards each other, and sexing is difficult when young. Starting with a group of 5+ individuals will ensure the best chances at having one male and several females. Extra males will seek refuge in rocky caves. 

Scientific NameCallochromis melanostigma

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Max Size: 5.5"

pH: 7.5-8.6

Hardness: Hard

Temperature: 70-82°

Aggressiveness: Semi-Aggressive

Region of Origin: Lake Tanganyika, Africa

Captive Bred or Wild: Captive Bred

Diet: Flake or pellet, frozen and live food

Compatibility: Lake Tanganyikan cichlids

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