Common name: Bream
Scientific name: Chilotilapia Rhoadesii, Chilotilapia Rhoadesi
Average Adult Fish Size: 22cm / 9 Inches
Place of Origin: Lake Malawi
Typical Tank setup: Rocky Malawi tank with plenty of open swimming space.
Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 240 Litres
Compatibility: Other less aggressive african cichlids such as haps and peacocks
Temperature: 23-28 Deg C / 73-82 Deg F
Water chemistry: pH 7.6-8.6
Feeding: Omnivorous – does well with flake or pellet food supplimented by fresh green vegetables and live snails.
Sexing: Males develop a blue head and usually have some blue on their body as well.
Breeding: Breams are mouthbrooders. Keep a ratio of one male to three or more females to avoid any one female being over pursued. The fry are released by the mother after three weeks.
Additional Information: Chilotilapia rhoadesii (Bream) should be kept in an aquarium with large caves and other hiding places among large rocks. They prefer a coarse bottom substrate. This species is best kept in groups.