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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.

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