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Bream – Chilotilapia Rhoadesii


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.