1/1 Benitochromis nigrodorsalis "Moliwe" WF
German Name: Blackfin splendor perch
Distribution: Africa: Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, on the island of Bioko
Temperature: 21 - 26 degrees
pH: 6 - 7
Size: 14 cm
Aquarium size: 200 l
° GH: 3 - 10
Propagation: mouthbrooders (biparental)
Water Region: Centre
Difficulty: Suitable for experienced aquarists
Description and further information
This cichlid native to West Africa and is about 14cm long.
Unlike many other cichlids, the females are much more colorful than the males. They have, in contrast to the male fish, a strong pink / red colored tummy. In addition, the female iridescent spots has in the tail and dorsal fin.
It is bi-parental mouthbrooders. This means that both parents actively participate in brood care. In the case of Benitochromis nigrodorsalis eggs, between the animals are passed back and forth and later the larvae of both parents, for protection against enemies, put into the mouth.
B. nigrodorsalis live in a father-mother-family, they can thus as a couple halten.Während the spawning period, the animals are very aggressive and can not be socialized well. One should therefore treat yourself right from the beginning a species tank them.
The aquarium can be planted, but should allow sufficient space to swim. Shelters and caves can also contribute to the welfare of the animals. The substrate should consist of fine-grained, dark sand. A golden sand can fade the animals and they can be easily startled.
The feed can consist of commercial feed.
To the animals should animate to spawn but to resort to varied frozen and live foods.
Author: Jessica Lindner
Temperature: 25 °
KH: 6 °
NO3: 12.5 mg / l
50% water change every two weeks
Nature Food, Premium Crystal, Supreme Diskus - L, Premium ColorPlus - M, Premium Cichlid - L, cichlids Sticks.
Frozen food, white mosquito larvae, black mosquito larvae, Daphnia, Mysis, Artemia.
All photos with my Nikon D 5100
Aquarium reactivated and set as West Africa's pool.
The photo from Moliwe River was kindly provided by Michel Keijmann
available, for which I thank you very much. Video Benitochromis nigrodorsalis