Tropheus Moori - Kaiser Ikola
Tropheus Moori - Kaiser Ikola, Farm raised, Unsexed, Small 3/4 - 1"
Average Adult Fish Size: 4-6 Inches
Place of Origin: Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania, East Africa, near the village of Ikola
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 Ikola is known for the gorgeous yellow band on the back flank of both sexes and a red upper eye iris. The remainder of the body is dark black with a silver or bluish sheen depending on their mood. They black part of Tropheus Ikola can go grey in color if the fish is in fright mode, solid black color is a sign of a happier fish. Yellow is showing on the entire batch! Juveniles will begin to fully color at around 2-3" and may also 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 tank mates.
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.
These do not have the striping that goes through the dorsal fin, body only and slight coloration in dorsal fin base.