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Nanochromis transvestitus
Mai-Ndombe dwarf cichlid
breeding notes

BREEDING: Lake Mai-Ndombe is a very acidic lake, (pH 4.2 - 5.5) and aquarium-kept specimins will only breed in equally acidic water, however they will live happily in most soft to medium water conditions. Conditioning well helps induce spawning; feed protein-rich foods such as whiteworms. They are a typical cave spawning species, and good results can be acheived by placing a group together in a larger tank, and letting pairs form.

Have you bred Nanochromis transvestitus? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?


This page summarises breeding reports provided by visitors to this site, along with some statistical analysis. Please feel free to contribute - whatever your experience!

1 breeder has filled in a breeding report, a summary of which is shown in the graphs below. You can read the full reports here.

To add details of your experiences of Nanochromis transvestitus, why not fill in a Breeding and maintenance Report.

Would Nanochromis transvestitus be a good addition to a community tank?
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  1. Never
  2. Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
  3. Only with species of similar size
  4. Yes, a good community fish

How would you describe the disposition of Nanochromis transvestitus?
graph2
  1. Very timid
  2. Slightly timid
  3. Neutral
  4. Somewhat aggresive on occasions
  5. Very aggressive

In which water conditions do you keep these fish?
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  1. Very soft and acidic
  2. Moderately soft and acidic
  3. Neutral
  4. Moderately hard and alkaline
  5. Very hard and alkaline

At what average temperature?
graph4
  1. 10-15°C
  2. 16-19°C
  3. 20-23°C
  4. 24-27°C
  5. 28°C+

What, if any is the biggest difficulty encountered when breeding these fish?
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  1. Poor egg production
  2. Poor egg survival
  3. Poor fry survival rate
  4. Deformities
  5. Skewed sex ratio

How would you describe sex ratios when breeding Nanochromis transvestitus? If you are unsure please leave this question unanswered.
graph6
  1. Almost all males
  2. Somewhat male heavy
  3. Roughly equal
  4. Somewhat female heavy
  5. Almost all females

In general, how difficult is Nanochromis transvestitus to keep and breed?
graph7
  1. Very easy
  2. Easy
  3. Average
  4. Difficult
  5. Very difficult

How sucessful have you been at breeding Nanochromis transvestitus?
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  1. Very unsucessful
  2. Fairly unsucessful
  3. Average
  4. Fairly sucessful
  5. Very sucessful


Remember, each record represents only one persons experience; if you had different results, or used different methods, please share your experiences


Water conditions: Very soft and acidic Water temperature: 24-27oC
Disposition: Very timid Community tank?: Doubtful, only with VERY calm fish
Spawning Method: Other (see below)Breeding problems:
Poor egg production
Sex ratio: Roughly equalBreeding difficulty: Average
Sucess: Fairly sucessfulYears Experience: 1
Other Comments:
Date this record created: 31st December 2012Breeding date: 2012
Breeder: Location: Spain







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