|Scientific Name||Placidochromis Phenochilus|
|Common Name(s)||White Lips|
|Geographical Origin||Mdoka, Chesese, and Chirwa Island|
|Aquarium Temperament||Peaceful, can be kept with other Haplochromis|
|Gender Differences||Dimorphic | Both Males |
|Maximum Size||~ 10 inches | 25 cm|
|pH||7.8 – 8.6|
|Temperature|| 78 – 82°F | 25 – 27°C|
|Recommended Aquarium||~ 100 Gallons | 350 Liters|
|Aquarium Notes||These are very shy fish. |
If you want to breed them, they should be kept as a
colony without any other aggressive fish.
Being very peaceful they will often get bullied around.
They thrive in colonies of 8 or more.
- Placidochromis Phenochilus Mdoka aka “White Lips”
- Ad Konings referred to them as a very conspicuous cichlid from the sand: The blue sand-dwellers.
- In contrast to most sand-dwellers, there is a group of conspicuously colored cichlids which usually live solitarily or in very small groups, these five are Cyrtocara
moorii, Protomelas annectens, Otopharynx selenurus, Placidochromis electra, and Placidochromis phenochilus.
- These are one of the most beautiful and coveted Malawi Cichlids due to their species gender differences having males and females with the same color pattern.
- They are also very gentle by nature and thus making them great fish to keep with other Haplochromis cichlids.
- Males tend to grow much bigger than females and reach sexual maturity in an aquarium by the age of 1 year.
- They will accept almost all kind of food (flakes, pellets, frozen) just be aware that they are a
carnivore by nature and will need food with extra animal protein (krill, shrimps are the best source).
- Try to keep them in a family of over 6 individuals since they are very social and like to play with their own kind.
References: Ad Konings The Cichlid Yearbook Volume 1.
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