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Pelvicachromis taeniatus

 A <I>Pelvicachromis taeniatus</I> from Lalonge

A Pelvicachromis taeniatus from Lalonge

A <I>Pelvicachromis taeniatus</I> peeps out of its spawning cave

A Pelvicachromis taeniatus peeps out of its spawning cave

Nigerian red. The female of this species in breeding colouration. The red belly is used in courting displays; when it is at its reddest the female presents it to the male, shaking it vigourously

Nigerian red. The female of this species in breeding colouration. The red belly is used in courting displays; when it is at its reddest the female presents it to the male, shaking it vigourously

<I>Pelvicachromis taeniatus</I> female, from Lobe, Cameroon

Pelvicachromis taeniatus female, from Lobe, Cameroon

A male from Lalonge

A male from Lalonge

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Cichlids? There are estimated to be over 2000 different Cichlid species in the wild, of all sizes, shapes and colours. Many require very specialist conditions such as those coming from the sandy/rocky waters of Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika. Others, such as the Apistogramma dwarf cichlids from the Amazon basin require softer water and a well-planted tank. In general cichlids do not make good community fish as they can get quite aggressive, especially when spawning - but a specialist cichlid tank is certainly a sight to behold, and can be very rewarding for the more experienced aquarist


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