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Red Empress Cichlid

By H. Blair Howell
 
Red Empress
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Red Empress
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Common Name: Red Empress
 
Latin: Protomelas taeniolatus
 
Origin: Lake Malawi
 
Temperature: 75 - 82
 
Ease Of Keeping: Moderate
 
Agressivness: This large Hap. can be very aggressive. At spawning time it can become even worse
 
Size: 5 - 8 inches
 
Tank Size: 55 gallon min. preferable 75 or above
 
Food: Feed a good quality flake or pellet.
 
Spawning: The Red Empress is a maternal mouth brooder
 
Comments: The red empress male is a truely striking fish with a red body and various shades of blue on his face. Due to this large fishes aggressive attitude towards other of it's kind it is not sugested that you keep more than one male in a tank. 1 male to 3 - 4 females is a good mix which will allow the males aggression to be spread out thus preventing all of his aggression from being directed at one or to fish.

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