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Steatocranus tinanti



Steatocranulus bluestem or Steatocranulus tainenta is naturally found in the Congo Basin, Democratic Republic of Congo. The fish can be found in strong currents, usually along the shoreline, where they hide in shallow pits previously dug in the substrate.

Steatocranus tinanti have an elongated body. Males have elongated dorsal and anal fins. Head and lips are large. The coloration of the body is gray-blue, and the head is bluish. Some specimens belly with a crimson hue. The body can be seen two longitudinal strips of yellow. All fins are yellowish. Males are larger than females, their size reaches 13 cm, while the length of females does not exceed 10 cm.

Steatocranus tinanti

One group of fish (1 male and 3-4 females) requires an aquarium volume of 120 liters. As a substrate used coarse river sand, because the fish are constantly digging in the soil trying to build a cave under any scenery and shrubs of plants. In this regard, you need to securely fix large stones and snags, so they inadvertently did not impede the swarming fish. Also, do not plant in the aquarium plants with weak root system, which sooner or later will be uprooted with the roots. Preference should be given to those plants that can be attached to rocks or snags.

Steatocranus tinanti does not belong to the quiet fish and create a friendly pair is unlikely to succeed. Keep fish should be a small group of 1 male and 3-4 females. It is desirable that the males were older than females at least six months.

Water parameters: temperature 25-28° C, hardness dH 5-19°, acidity pH 6,0-7,5. Requires filtration, aeration, as well as a weekly replacement of 1/3 of the aquarium water with fresh. It is desirable to create a fairly powerful current of water in the aquarium using, for example, an aquarium pump. At the same time, take care of the presence of places in the aquarium with quiet areas - this is where the fish will form their territories.

Steatocranus tinanti

The fish's menu in the aquarium consists of pelleted, flake food as well as live and frozen artemia, daphnia, and bloodworms. The food is given twice a day.

Reproduction

Steatocranus tinanti spawn in aquarium conditions. To increase the likelihood of spawning, it is desirable to keep fish in a species aquarium. Female spawn in a cave or hole under a rock, which previously selected the male. Female drawing attention to the male courtship swims up to his shelter and lays eggs on the ceiling or walls. The fry hatch after about 5-7 days and within the next week are in the nest. After this period, they leave the shelter and swim near it. The male takes the greatest care of the fry. He guards them, and at night takes them back to the shelter.

The fry are fed with micro worms, artemia and a variety of pre-milled dry food. The food is given four times a day.

Steatocranus tinanti

Steatocranus tinanti has a lifespan of about 4-6 years.

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