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Pseudotropheus acei "ngara"


 
Pseudotropheus sp. acei "Ngara" or "White Tail Acei" is a Mbuna that's not very spectacular with a rather dark and dull body and a blue head. It's most striking feature can be extracted from the commercial name: the white tail. It's of course an aggressive and territorial fish, but fights are not serious, compared to that of Melanochromis auratus. In nature this fish grows to a maximal length of 10cm, but aquarium specimens can get almost twice as large. Although they live in the lake in an environment with bog- and driftwood, it's best to keep them in a "rocky" aquarium. Unless you add enough Bicarbonate with every water change, wood in a Malawi cichlid aquarium is best avoided because it can affect the hardness and pH when the local tap water isn't buffered very well.


The dominant male in the front of the mbuna tank

The natural food of these cichlids mainly consists of algae that grows on drift- and bogwood. As they're normally kept together with other algae-eating Mbuna in our aquarium, it's relatively easy to provide a balanced vegetable diet for these fish. Now and then you can give these cichlids a "snack" like artemia, mysis, krill, hatched shrimp or other ocean food. NEVER feed these fish beef or other mammal meat because it's very unhealthy for them.


My small 200L/50G mbuna tank with the Pseudotropheus sp. acei "Ngara" and some other species.

The spawning habits of these cichlids are roughly the same as that of other Mbuna. Only details as spawning spot and the preparation of it, and holding time/aftercare can differ from species to species.


Above: The dominant male  Below: The dull brown female

Photos by MCH (Frank Panis)

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