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Copadichromis borleyi

Iles, 1960

Copadichromis borleyi -  - A young pair of <I>Copadichromis borleyi</I>. The male (top) will develop far more intense colours: a yellow/orange body with a blue head, whilst the female (below) can be almost black
A young pair of Copadichromis borleyi. The male (top) will develop far more intense colours: a yellow/orange body with a blue head, whilst the female (below) can be almost black
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(Other members of the genus Copadichromis)

ADULT SIZE: 16 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Moderately hard and alkaline

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 25-27 C

FOOD: Feed Copadichromis borleyi live and dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Lake Malawi


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AQUARIUM CARE: An attractive cichlid from Lake Malawi; males are larger, far more colourful, and with long ventral fins with egg spots. Females are darker, almost black. It inhabits the rocky shore area of the lake, feeding on shimps and other invertebrates in open water. Flake and pellet foods are happily accepted in the aquarium, as are live foods, bloodworms etc. Commonly seen variants include the "red fin" and "gold fin"

Like all cichlids, Copadichromis borleyi can get aggressive; a species for the dedicated Lake Malawi tank only.

More about setting up a typical Malawi cichlid tank here.

BREEDING: A maternally mouthbrooder. Males select a spawning territory on a area of rock. Young will thrive on newly hatched artemia

Have you bred Copadichromis borleyi? Why not fill in a breeding questionaire?, or examine existing Copadichromis borleyi breeding reports








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The biggest killer of tropical fish is overfeeding. Uneaten food decays and pollutes the water, even with adequate filtration. Adult fish should remain unfed one day each week, and almost all commonly available species will be completely fine if unfed during a two week vacation


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