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Placidochromis milomo



Placidochromis milomo lives naturally in Lake Malawi, Africa. The fish can be found in the southern part of the lake from Tunby Island, along the Nankumba Peninsula, as well as in Nkhata Bay, in rocky areas covered entirely with algae and mineral deposits.

Placidochromis milomo has an elongated body with dark transverse stripes. The fish have large fleshy lips. Dominant males and females are very similar in appearance, although males are usually slightly larger than females and have elongated dorsal, anal and pectoral fins. In addition, males are more colorful, their head is blue in color. Females and juveniles are light brown in color. The maximum size of the fish is 25 cm, and this size fish reach only in the aquarium, in nature, their length usually does not exceed 20 cm.

Placidochromis milomo

A relatively peaceful fish species that blends well with the larger Lake Malawi community. They should not be kept in conjunction with mbuna or small cichlids, which are sure to feel uncomfortable around such large fish. The fish lead a secretive, secluded lifestyle and between males sometimes clashes arise. Therefore, if the aquarium is not very large, it is necessary to contain no more than one male. Most of the time the fish spend at the bottom.

To keep fish suitably aquarium of 250 liters. preferably contain a small group of fish, consisting of 1 male and 2 females. The aquarium should be placed rock formations with caves and crevices, which could swim fish, given its fairly large size. As the ground is preferably used coarse-grained river sand. Care must be taken to have an open area for the fish to swim freely.

Placidochromis milomo

Water parameters: temperature 24-28° C, hardness dH 10-25°, pH 7,5-8,8. Requires quality filtration, aeration and weekly replacement of 1/3 of the aquarium water with fresh. Pisces are very sensitive to the content of ammonia in the water, so its concentration should be minimal.

The menus of the fish include practically any dry, live and frozen food. Plant food such as spirulina should be included. The fish should be fed once or twice a day.

Reproduction

Its sexual maturity Placidochromis Milomo reaches the age of one year.

Breeding fish is possible, but quite difficult. For best results breed Platsidohromis Milomo preferably in a species aquarium, where there will be no extraneous fish.

During the spawning period the male chooses a place, either on a flat surface of the stone, or by digging a recess in the substrate and every way begins to attract the female to him. At this time, the coloration of the male becomes extremely contrasting. The female swims up to the spawning area and spawns on it. Once the male will fertilize the eggs the female collects it all to her mouth, where it incubates for about 3 weeks. All this time the female does not feed. During this time you need to be careful not to disturb her, because if frightened the female may spit out her entire brood.

Placidochromis milomo

Just hatched fry quite large (about 1-1.5 cm in length) and easily eat nauplii Artemia and flake food. The fry should be fed 4 times a day.

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