Common Name(s)
Giant Cichlid, Emperor Cichlid
Scientific Name
Boulengerochromis microlepis
Family
Cichlidae
Origin
Lake Tanganyika, Africa
Temperament
Semi-aggressive
Maximum Size
36 inches
Minimum Tank Size
300+ gallons
Tank Setup
Provide a sandy substrate with a few large rocks to break up the space.
Tank Region
All
Diet
They will accept dried foods, but frozen or live foods such as bloodworms, Artemia, Tubifex, earthworms and chopped prawns are better.
Breeding
They are substrate spawners. The female lays up to 10,000 eggs in batches, and the eggs hatch after around 72 hours.
Compatibility
They aren't particularly aggressive with fish that are too large to be eaten.
Ease of Keeping
Challenging
Care
pH: 7.5-9.0, Temperature: 77-79 degrees Fahrenheit
Can live for 5-10 years with proper care.
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