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Discounts apply on bulk orders. The Rusty Cichlid is known from the sediment-free rocky habitat at Boadzulu, Chinyamwezi Island, and Chinyankwazi Island in the south-eastern part of Lake Malawi, Africa. It belongs to the Mbuna group of cichlids. The recommended aquarium size  should be no less than 200L and aquascaped to emulate a rocky reef effect. Décor such as ocean rock can be used to build sturdy structures which stretch from the base of the tank to near the surface of the water. These structures should be built with the purpose of creating many crevices for the fish to explore but constructed in such a way so as to keep the rocks stable if the fish start to dig around and underneath them. Although a substrate of coral sand or Aragonite is often recommended to help to keep the water hard and alkaline, Mbuna feel safer and show better colours over a darker substrate. The Aragonite or coral sand can always be placed into a mesh bag and kept inside the external filter for buffering purposes. This is a relatively peaceful species (as far as Malawi cichlids are concerned), however, it is best to keep several females to each male, as keeping in pairs will result in continual harassment. This species can be kept successfully alongside Aulonocara (Peacocks), Copadichromis, Haps, and other easygoing Mbuna such as Electric Yellows, making it a versatile addition for many Malawi set-ups.A good quality flake food can be offered along with appropriately sized granular foods specifically developed for Mbuna. An occasional treat of Mysis shrimp, vitamin-enriched brineshrimp, and mosquito larvae can be given, and vegetable matter such as cucumber, blanched spinach and romaine lettuce can be fed on a regular basis.When ready to spawn, the colouration of the male will intensify and his aggression level will heighten. He will choose and clean a spawning site, then display to the female fish until one accepts him. They will circle each other in a head to tail manner a number of times, until the female deposits her eggs. These are deposited just one or two at a time and after doing so, she immediately turns around and picks them up. At the same time, the male will rotate so that he is almost on his side, at the same time shaking and extending his anal fin, releasing his milt. The female sees the egg spots on the male’s anal fin and attempts to pick up those “eggs” whilst she is picking up the real ones that she deposited and at the same time taking in milt. This is the method of fertilisation and this ritual may go on for some hours. The eggs may be incubated for up to 25 days until they hatch and the resultant fry held for a further few days afterwards. Species – Iodochromis sprengeraeCommon Name – Rusty CichlidOrigin – Lake MalawiDiet – OmnivorePH Range – Alkaline 7.5 – 8.5Water Type – HardTemperature – Tropical 24°cBreed Type – Mouth brooderCurrent Size – approximately 5cm (Grows to approximately 13cm)Sex – Un-sexed

Rusty Cichlids -Iodotropheus Sprengera


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