Red Empress Cichlid - Protomelas taeniolatus

Red Empress Cichlid - Protomelas taeniolatus - AllPondSolutions

Red Empress Cichlid - Protomelas taeniolatus

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Scientific Name: Protomelas taeniolatus

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Approximate purchase size : 12cm
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How easy are they to care for?
These are an easy level of care.

How large can they grow?

Where in the world are they from?
This species tends to inhabit rocky, shallow areas of Lake Malawi.

What is the ideal number to keep together?
Males are very territorial and a very large tank would be required to keep more than one. It is also advised to have several females per male.

What water conditions do they require?
Temperature ranges of 24-28°C and will accept pH ranges between 7.6 - 8.8.

What should you feed them?
A large proportion of their diet should consist of vegetable matter such as spirulina flakes or blanched spinach/lettuce. Frozen foods like brine shrimp, Daphnia and bloodworm are good supplements to this diet.

How compatible are they with other fish?
This peaceful species is recommended to be kept with Aulonocara, Copadichromis and other peaceful Malawi species.

Can they be bred in captivity?
It is possible. This maternal moutbrooding species should be spawned in a species tank for the best results. A 200 litre aquarium is an adequate size and this should have a sandy substrate and piles of rocks that form caves and hiding places. Be sure to provide some areas of open sand and flat rock surfaces to act as potential spawning sites.