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Petrochromis sp. Red Bulu Point


Common name: Petrochromis sp. Red Bulu Point

Scientific name: Petrochromis sp. Red Bulu Point

Average Adult Fish Size: 25cm / 10 Inches

Place of Origin: Lake Tanganyika

Typical Tank setup: Rocky Tanganyika tank with plenty of open swimming space

Recommended Minimum Aquarium Capacity: 600 Litres

Compatibility: Petrochromis cichlids should really be kept with other Petrochromis in a species only tank however some keep smaller younger Petro’s with Tropheus. Due to the huge appetite the Petrochromis have it may not be advisable to even keep Tropheus with them due to the possibility of them over eating and developing Tropheus Bloat.

Temperature: 24-27 Deg C / 74-79 Deg F

Water chemistry:  pH 7.6-8.6

Feeding: Spirulina-based flake food supplemented with fresh green vegetables such as romaine lettuce and spinach.

Sexing: Males may grow quicker and become larger than females and venting can also be done to try to work out the sex however this can prove to be tricky for some.

Breeding: Males are quite territorial and are aggressive in their attempts to coax females to spawn. They never seem to tire of this either – males want to spawn every minute of the day. This fish should never be kept in 1:1 ratios. One male to three or four females is an ideal ratio, but keep in mind that the only correct way to keep this species in captivity is in a group of ten or more individuals. The most difficult challenge to breeding Petrochromis is bringing the females into spawning condition.

Additional Information: Often thought of as one of the hardest tropical fish to keep and the ultimate fish to manage to breed due to the high price tag these fish demand with an average adult being anything from £50-£100 each! Must be kept in a very large aquarium and is recommended to be a species only tank.