Riverpark Aquatics

Rusty Cichlid (Lodotropheus sprengerae)

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Our Guide To Keeping Rusty Cichlid Fish

  1. About Fish Species:

    • Scientific name: Lodotropheus sprengerae
    • Common name: Rusty Cichlid
    • Family: Cichlidae
    • Origin: Lake Malawi in Africa
    • Adult length: 10 cm (4 inches)
    • Lifespan: 5 to 8 years
  2. Tank Setup:

    • Rusty Cichlids prefer a rocky aquarium setup mimicking their natural habitat in Lake Malawi. Provide plenty of caves and rock formations for them to establish territories and seek shelter.
    • A minimum tank size of 75 gallons is recommended for a small group of Rusty Cichlids.
  3. Water Parameters:

    • Rusty Cichlids thrive in alkaline water conditions with a pH range of 7.5 to 8.5.
    • Keep the water temperature between 23 to 28°C (73 to 82°F).
  4. Filtration and Water Flow:

    • A strong filtration system is essential to maintain water quality in the aquarium, as Rusty Cichlids are sensitive to deteriorating water conditions.
    • Ensure good water flow and oxygenation in the tank.
  5. Diet:

    • Rusty Cichlids are omnivores with a preference for vegetable matter. Offer them a varied diet consisting of high-quality cichlid pellets, flakes, and supplemented with vegetable matter like spirulina flakes or blanched vegetables.
    • Occasionally provide live or frozen foods such as bloodworms, brine shrimp, or daphnia as treats.
  6. Tank mates:

    • Rusty Cichlids can be aggressive towards conspecifics (other Rusty Cichlids) and similar-looking species. It's best to keep them in a species-only tank or with other Lake Malawi cichlids that have distinct coloration.
    • Compatible tank mates include Mbuna cichlids from Lake Malawi that occupy different territories and have contrasting colors.
  7. Behavior and Compatibility:

    • Rusty Cichlids are territorial and can be aggressive, especially during breeding times or when establishing territories.
    • Provide plenty of hiding spots and territories to minimize aggression within the tank.

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