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Tropheus - Bemba Orange Flame



Tropheus Moori - Bemba Orange Flame, Farm raised, 1.5-2"

Average Adult Fish Size: 4-6 Inches

Place of Origin: Pemba, Congo, Lake Tanganyika, East Africa

Feeding: Spirulina or Chlorella based flake food supplemented with fresh green vegetables such as romaine lettuce and spinach as well as meaty treats on occasion.

The Pemba is known for the gorgeous orange band on the back flank of both sexes. Orange is showing on the entire batch!  In mature specimens in full color, the anterior and posterior of the fish are solid black on either side of the orange band. Juveniles will begin to color at around 2-3" and may display blue hues around the head until mature.

Tropheus are one of among the most interesting and active of all African Cichlids.  They are also unlike all other Lake Tanganyika cichlids.  They can be highly aggressive, especially toward conspecifics, but this is not a given. Aggressiveness can be an individual trait among these fish, and it definitely is influenced in the aquarium by variables such as size, tank structure, and species mix. Aquarium groups of Tropheus are very impressive to even the casual observer because of their usually gorgeous appearance and their hyperactivity.  They are voracious feeders which will let little food reach tankmates. 

Tropheus can be kept with a broad variety of rock-dwelling Tanganyikans, numerous Malawi and Victorian species, open-water types such as Cyprichromis, and Synodontis catfishes. They should not be kept with quiet or slow-moving cichlids.

To help prevent harassment of weaker individuals, Tropheus are better kept in groups of five or more--depending upon size of the aquarium.

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