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Protomelas annectens



Protomelas annectens

Protomelas annectens

A beautiful hap from Lake Malawi. First described by Regan in 1922, it is now a quite regular inhabitant of Malawi Haps tanks. Will grow to about 20 cm (the male) while the female will stay a bit smaller. In its natural habitat the fish belongs to the "blue" sand dwellers (like Cyrtocara moorii). They will follow big haps that dig in the sand and eat anything that is excavated by them. Relatively peaceful for an African of that size it should be kept with other Malawi Haps (not mbuna) of similar size and attitude. Water chemistry should meet the requirements for fishes from Lake Malawi (alkaline, moderate hardness). The fish shares all the common things that characterize the Malawi Haps group; a female mouthbrooder with a clear sexual dichromatism (the blue color is for the male only), territorial when spawning. Keeping more than one males in the same tank is not recommended unless a very big tank is used (more than 750 liter / 2.5 meters long). Should be fed with sinking food - the fish is quite shy and may not come to the surface to eat floating pellets. Grows slowly (as with all haps) - if kept in a raising tank of its own, regular water changes (50% weekly) and heavy feeding (4-5 times daily / small quantities) will increase the growth rate significantly.

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