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Placidochromis phenochilus


This peaceful Malawi cichlid, closely resembling Placidochromis electra is a welcomed addition to an Utaka and Aulonocara commmunity tank. In the lake it normally feeds on small invertebrates that are digged up by large sand dwelling fish like Taeniolethronops praeorbitalis. Protomelas phenochilus will rush from cloud to cloud hoping to grab some food, a behavior which will be shown in the aquarium too: they will be attracted when you stir up the bottom. In the aquarium it will accept almost any food that is presented. With an adult length of 17cm this fish needs at least a 250L and a minimum tank length of 150cm. there are different locations where Placidochromis phenochilus can be found in the lake. The Tanzania morph that i keep gets silver spots on the body at an age of 1.5 years. My mid sized males already show some silver spots.




Placidochromes phenochilus "Tanzania" swimming in my 1000L aquarium

At the moment I have a group of 4 males and one female. There is no breeding observed yet, but I hope this will happen soon.




These cichlids are about the fastest feeders in the tank. That's probably the reason they haven't looked skinny for one moment since their introduction.



The juveniles when I bought them almost a year ago.

See next page for more photos.

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