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Paratilapia sp. "Andapa" II

New photos - November 2005

Photo of the Month - December 2005

One of our Paratilapia sp. Andapa pairs. In these photos you see (from top to bottom) the male, the pair while courting and finally the male trying to throw the pipe used for the water change out of his territory. Cleaning the filter in this tank can be a really tough task depending on his mood, which was really bad during that particular day. The difference in size is tremendous. The male measures 23 cm TL while the female is a mere 15 cm. Anyone who wishes to keep this species should have this photo in mind when decorating their tank. The relationship between the male and the female (as with most large American cichlids) has its ups and downs. They will usually spend about 20 days in peace and then, if no eggs are laid, the female will be chased relentlessly by the male. If not adequate hiding places are there, the female will soon be dead. The fish in this photo are aged about 2.5 years old. Click on those images to see the high resolution photos.

New photos - April 2005

Top row: Left: The female Paratilapia sp. Andapa. Right: the largest male measuring 22+ cm TL. Bottom photo: The pair in its usual hiding spot. Click on the thumbnails to see the high resolution pictures. Photos by G.J.Reclos /MCH.

New photos - February 2005

A female hiding in the Microsorum pteropus. You have to search really carefully to see it. Click on the thumbnail to see the high resolution picture. Photo by G.J.Reclos /MCH.

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