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Nanochromis transvestitus
Mai-Ndombe dwarf cichlid
Stewart & Roberts, 1984

Nanochromis transvestitus - Mai-Ndombe dwarf cichlid - This image shows the female, with red belly and stripey tail
This image shows the female, with red belly and stripey tail
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(Other members of the genus Nanochromis)

ADULT SIZE: 6 cm

WATER CONDITIONS: Very soft and acidic

TEMPERATURE RANGE: 26-29 C

FOOD: Feed Nanochromis transvestitus small live-foods and fine grade dried foods

DISTRIBUTION: This species comes from Congo (DRC)

SEXUAL DIFFERENCES: Males and females of this species are quite different in pattern and colouration. Females are plumper with a red belly and black and white stripey tail. Males lack both of these features.


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AQUARIUM CARE: This dwarf cichlid hails from a blackwater lake in the Democratic Republic of Congo, lake Mai-Ndombe. This West African cichlid is small, and brightly coloured, and therefore a good candidate for a species tank, or West African biotope with a few killifish, or African tetras, and planted with Anubias and decorated with bogwood and caves.

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?, or examine existing Nanochromis transvestitus 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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